MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick look at the Australian Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY
The second men’s semifinal features a look at the future of the sport: 22-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas against 25-year-old Daniil Medvedev. Tsitsipas is coming off a rousing quarterfinal comeback from a two-set deficit to stun 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. While Tsitsipas is trying to get to his first major final, Medvedev was the runner-up to Nadal at the 2019 U.S. Open. Medvedev holds a 5-1 head-to-head edge against Tsitsipas. With fans back at Melbourne Park after a five-day COVID-19 lockdown, the crowd is expected to favor Tsitsipas, who is from Greece. Melbourne has a large Greek population and a local restaurant that Tsitsipas has frequented named a souvlaki after him. Also Friday, the No. 2-seeded team of Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka plays the No. 3 pair of Barbora Krejicikova and Katerina Siniakova in the women’s doubles final.
Sunny, high of 32 degrees Celsius (89 degrees Fahrenheit)
Sunny, high of 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit).
Women’s Semifinals: No. 3 Naomi Osaka beat No. 10 Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4; No. 22 Jennifer Brady beat No. 25 Karolina Muchova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
Men’s Semifinals: No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat Aslan Karatsev 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
STAT OF THE DAY
20 — Consecutive victories for Osaka.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Just made too many mistakes there. Easy mistakes. Not like I was on the run or anything. They were just easy, easy mistakes.” — Williams, after making 24 unforced errors and just 12 winners in her loss to Osaka, which ended the 39-year-old American’s latest bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title.
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