Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Adelaide Intl 1: Djokovic beats Shapovalov to set up Medvedev SF

Novak Djokovic defeated Denis Shapovalov 6-3 6-4 to reach the Adelaide International semi-finals where he will face Daniil Medvedev, who continued his fine form as he recorded a commanding victory over the World No. 7 Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Adelaide International 1, here.
The pair last met in November with Djokovic victorious in the final of the Nitto ATP Finals event.
Adelaide is Djokovic’s first tournament in Australia since he was deported in 2022 because of his vaccine status.
So far, his progress in the tournament has been serene and he has yet to drop a set across three matches, 23-year-old Canadian Shapovalov the latest to be overcome as Djokovic prepares for the Australian Open which starts on 16 January.
The Serb will target a 10th title – and record-equalling 22nd overall Grand Slam success – at the opening Grand Slam of the year after the Australian government overturned the his visa ban.
Medvedev is yet to drop a set this week in Adelaide, where he moved past Lorenzo Sonego and Miomir Kecmanovic in his opening two rounds. Fourteen of his 15 tour-level titles have come on hard courts, and he will hope to move one step closer to lifting another trophy on the surface when he takes on top seed Novak Djokovic in the semifinals.

Sabalenka sails into semifinals, beats Vondrousova in straight sets

Aryna Sabalenka

The No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka on Friday defeated Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5 in straight sets to reach the semifinals at the Adelaide International 1.
The World No.5 will play against either No.4 seed Veronika Kudermetova or unseeded Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu for her 19th career WTA Tour singles final. The big-hitting Sabalenka was dominating the opening quarterfinal to the tune of a 6-3, 4-1, 40-0 lead against the 2019 Roland Garros finalist before things got complicated. She lost four of the next five games and failed to convert match point, before righting the ship in the late stages for a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Sabalenka hammered 38 winners to 26 unforced errors, while the crafty Vondrousova totalled 17 winners to just 10 mistakes.
It was Sabalenka’s fourth straight win over Vondrousova and her second straight triumph against the Czech Down Under. Last year, Sabalenka defeated her 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round of the Australian Open.
The 24-year-old hasn’t dropped a set so far this week as she came from 5-1 down, and saved seven set points, in the first set of a 7-6(8), 7-6(3) win over Liudmila Samsonova in Round 2. Against Vondrousova, she saved two break points in the last game of the match and saved six of the eight against her overall.

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