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    2021 Australian Open

    Grand Slam tennis returns but not as we know it.

    The Australian Open players and officials had to quarantine for 2 weeks upon their arrival in the country, some of them were fortunate in that they were allowed out for a few hours each day however some players had to remain in their room full time for 2 weeks as their flights had cases of Covid-19.

    The Australian Government allowed fans to attend at around 50% capacity but after 13 cases were detected in Melbourne, the tournament has banned fans for at least the next 5 days and the whole of Victoria is in lockdown.

    Anyway the tennis continues and shortly the last remaining British singles player, Cameron Norrie, plays his third round match but it doesn't get much harder than 20 times Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal.

    For anyone who is interested the match will be live shortly on Eurosport 1.


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    Norrie breaks to go 3-2 up first set but Nadal breaks straight back - 3-3.

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    First set Nadal, 7-5.

    Norrie playing really well.

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    Norrie's been playing so well so far but Nadal's just increased his level and is now 4-2 up second set.

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    Second set Nadal, it's all over.

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    Nadal wins 7-5 6-2 7-5.

    I'd like to have seen Norrie win a set, he played well.

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    Nadal wins 7-5 6-2 7-5.

    I'd like to have seen Norrie win a set, he played well.
    Norrie's a decent player but we're a long way from seeing another Andy Murray blazing a trail for British tennis.

    I'm still bemused about why they let this tournament go ahead.

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    Norrie's a decent player but we're a long way from seeing another Andy Murray blazing a trail for British tennis.

    I'm still bemused about why they let this tournament go ahead.
    Agreed Murray is a once in a generation kind of player, possibly once in two or three generations kind of player.

    Norrie is decent though and gave Nadal a decent match.

    He probably won't ever win a Grand Slam but could be a solid top 30 player if he puts his mind to it.

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    I think this mornings match between Halap and Swiatek should be a cracker. Winner of this one could go all the way
    This half of the draw is by far the toughest , Serena will play the winner of the above and Osaka is there as well

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    Djokovic v Raonic one set all.

    Djokovic won the first set on a tiebreak but Raonic has just taken the second set 6-4.

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    Djokovic making a big deal of being 'injured'. How often does he do that? Probably hopes it's a way to garner the public support he has never commanded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G B Young View Post
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    Djokovic making a big deal of being 'injured'. How often does he do that? Probably hopes it's a way to garner the public support he has never commanded.
    I never have any faith that he’s actually injured during a match

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    I never have any faith that he’s actually injured during a match
    His opponent in the previous round cast doubt on how bad it actually was, as did Nick Kyrgios (though no surprise there given how much he loathes Djokovic), who also mocked the fact Djokovic is apparently persisting with his cringeworthy 'throwing his heart to the crowd' celebrations despite the stands being empty:

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/tennis/56065143

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    Three Russians into the men's quarter finals, I wonder if that's ever happened at a Grand Slam before?

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    WTF was Serena Williams wearing today!?

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    First set to Zverev v Djokovic - 7-6.

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    One set all, Djokovic wins the second set easily 6-2.

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    Djokovic moves in front winning the third set 6-4.

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    Djokovic wins 6-7 6-2 6-4 7-6.

    Really good match, deserved a fifth set.

    It's hard to look past Djokovic for the title.

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    Nadal v Tsitsipas not quite the contest I had hoped for.

    6-3 5-1 for Nadal so far after just over an hour.

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    Tsitsipas with a glimmer of hope - takes the third set 7-6.

    Nadal leads two sets to one.

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    This was the match I was expecting!

    Tsitsipas wins set four 6-4 to take us into a decider.

    Tsitsipas just breaks Nadal to serve for the match at 6-5!

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    Tsitsipas completes the comeback!

    He wins 3-6 2-6 7-6 6-4 7-5.

    Great entertainment.

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    Daniil Medvedev beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets and will play Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final after he beat Aslan Karatsev in straight sets yesterday.

    It's Medvedev's second Grand Slam final after losing in five sets to Rafael Nadal in the US Open in 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibeg View Post
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    I think this mornings match between Halap and Swiatek should be a cracker. Winner of this one could go all the way
    This half of the draw is by far the toughest , Serena will play the winner of the above and Osaka is there as well
    Nice to see a comment on the women’s singles draw, highly competitive and there are some great players in the womens game just now.

    Naomi Osaka should comfortably win her fourth Grand Slam singles title tomorrow.

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    Djokovic takes the first set 7-5.

    Good match so far, only one winner now though.

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    Medvedev breaks in the first game of the second set.

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    And Djokovic breaks straight back.

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    Djokovic breaks again 3-1 second set.

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    Second set Djokovic 6-2.

    Too easy.

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