Seventh-seed Matteo Berrettini (11/2 Australian Open outright) became the first-ever Italian man to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday, after a tense five-set win over Gael Monfils.
Notable men’s matches on Wednesday
Jannik Sinner vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (QF – 04:05)
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Daniil Medvedev (QF – 08:30)
Notable women’s matches on Wednesday
Danielle Collins vs Alize Cornet (QF – 00:05)
Iga Swiatek vs Kaia Kanepi (QF – 02:05)
Having cruised through two relatively comfortable sets to take a 6-4, 6-4 lead, the Roman found himself hauled back into a contest as a resurgent Monfils dug deep. With the third set going the way of the Frenchman, 3-6, the fourth soon following with the exact same scoreline, the world number 7 seemed to be faltering against the firm crowd favourite.
But with Monfils ahead 30-0 on serve in the first game of the decider, Berrettini wrested back control to break – and consolidated by emphatically opening up a 4-0 gap.
Despite needing three match points to get over the finish line against a resilient challenge from his veteran opponent, the 2021 Wimbledon finalist prevailed 6-2, setting up a Thursday re-run of the 2019 US Open semi-final that saw the then-23-year-old bested in straight sets by the eventual champion, Rafael Nadal.
Having enjoyed a relatively under-the-radar passage through the rounds as he looks to put recovery from a foot issue behind him, the Spaniard burst into the last four earlier in the day with a 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
On Wednesday, 20-year-old Jannik Sinner, the world number 10, looks to join compatriot Berrettini in the semi-finals; he faces fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, battle-hardened after a five-set fourth-round win over Taylor Fritz.
In the night session, overwhelming favourite Daniil Medvedev, bidding to make a second successive final in the tournament, must navigate past Felix Auger-Aliassime, with the Canadian enjoying his best run in Melbourne.
In the women’s draw, Madison Keys’ blazing run through the tournament continues to the semi-finals; she saw off last year’s French Open winner Barbora Krejcikova for the loss of just five games. Up next: home star Ash Barty (4/7 Australian Open outright), who cruised past Jessica Pegula, 6-3, 6-2.
American Danielle Collins kicks off Wednesday’s action against Alize Cornet, the 32-year-old Frenchwoman contesting her first Grand Slam quarter-final in her 63rd appearance. In the last four, the victor stands to meet the winner of the day’s second encounter – Iga Swiatek meets Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, ranked 104 places below the Pole in the rankings.
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