It is the first big highlight in the tennis year: the Australian Open. And this year they are the main focus. But what role do German tennis stars play?
January is Australia Open time – and like every year, the world’s best tennis players fight for the first Grand Slam title of the year. Can Alexander Zverev free himself from his deep form? How does Angelique Kerber present itself? And what are the top stars Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer doing? The Australian Open in the news blog.
++ After a crazy comeback: Federer in the last sixteen ++
Roger Federer avoided an early exit at the Australian Open with a tremor win. The Swiss wrestled Australian John Millman in the third round in five sets in Melbourne on Friday, 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4, 4: 6, 7: 6 (10: 8).
After a total of four hours and three minutes, Federer was the winner. The Swiss player was 4: 8 behind in the decisive match-tie break – but then made six points and won!
With his 100th victory at the Australian Open, Federer ended up moving into the round of 16 of the Grand Slam tournament. At the 2018 US Open, Federer surprisingly lost to outsider Millman in the top 16. The 30 year old Australian is number 47 in the world. In Melbourne, Federer is now aiming for the quarter-finals against Marton Fucsovics from Hungary on Sunday.
++ Gauff beats defending champions Osaka ++
Only 15-year-old Cori Gauff surprised tennis professionals at the Australian Open with a victory over defending champion Naomi Osaka. In the third round, the young American won 6: 3, 6: 4 against the fourth in the world rankings from Japan in Melbourne on Friday and thus entered the round of 16. There, the youngest participant of the Grand Slam tournament on Sunday is fighting against Chinese Zhang Shuai or Sofia Kenin from the USA for the quarter-finals.
At the US Open, Gauff had clearly lost to Osaka. Now she has become the youngest tennis player since Jennifer Capriati in 1991, who defeated a top five player. Already at her Grand Slam debut in Wimbledon last year Gauff had caused a sensation when it reached the last 16.
++ Julia Görges is also out ++
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) missed the round of 16 at the Australian Open. The 31-year-old number 39 in the world rankings was defeated by Alison Riske (USA) at number 18 after a tough struggle with 6: 1, 6: 7 (4: 7), 2: 6. She also missed a duel with her good friend and double partner Ashley Barty from Australia.
Disappointed: Julia Görges in the game against the American Alison Riske. (Source: dpa)
In their 44 appearances in a Grand Slam tournament so far, Görges had only survived the third round six times – the chance for the seventh time seemed great. But after a furious first sentence, she could no longer maintain the high level against the highly talented 19-year-old Riske. After the hard-fought second set, the American played much safer than Görges and finally transformed her fourth match ball.
++ Serena Williams surprisingly eliminated ++
Serena Williams (USA) failed prematurely once again on the hunt for the 24th individual title in a Grand Slam and thus the record of the Australian Margaret Court. She lost in Friday’s third round of the Australian Open in a dramatic match 4: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 5: 7 against Chinese Wang Qiang.
38-year-old Williams has only won the Auckland / New Zealand tournament a week before the start of the Australian Open since winning Melbourne three years ago. In 2018 and 2019, she only failed in the Wimbledon final and at the US Open on the 24th victory, in 2018 to Angelique Kerber.
++ Zverev is in the third round ++
Alexander Zverev followed Angelique Kerber into the third round at the Australian Open of tennis professionals. The world’s fourth-ranked seventh prevailed against the Belarusian Yegor Gerassimov 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4, 7: 5 in Melbourne on Thursday. On Saturday, the 22-year-old from Hamburg will meet Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.
Alexander Zverev: The German is in the next round. (Source: Edgar Su / Reuters)
Germany’s number one convinced in the almost two-hour match primarily with its service, 79 percent of its first serves landed in the field. Particularly strong: Zverev did not make a single double fault in the entire game.
Already in his first round match against Italian Marco Cecchinato, Zverev was greatly improved on serve, producing just four double faults. He was able to improve these positive statistics again. Zverev seems to have found its normal form.
++ Kerber confidently continue ++
Angelique Kerber reached the third round with a safe win at the Australian Open. The 32-year-old from Kiel won on Thursday in Melbourne against the Australian outsider Priscilla Hon 6: 3, 6: 2. Her 21-year-old opponent had only got into the peloton of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year thanks to a wildcard.
On Saturday Kerber, who had triumphed at the Australian Open in 2016, is now playing against Svetlana Kusnezowa from Russia or Camila Giorgi from Italy for the knockout phase. Julia Görges had already reached the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.
++ Siegemund says goodbye ++
Laura Siegemund, on the other hand, missed a second-round surprise against the world ranking second Karolina Pliskova. The 31-year-old Schwäbin led 3-1 in the first set, but lost to the Czech co-favorite 3: 6, 3: 6.
++ Federer continues without losing sentences ++
Despite his low match practice, record-breaking Grand Slam winner Roger Federer remains on the hoped-for path to his seventh Australian Open title with no set loss. With the confident 6: 1, 6: 4, 6: 1 against the Serbian tennis professional Filip Krajinovic, the Swiss effortlessly entered the third round in Melbourne on Wednesday.
Federer, who had not contested a tournament before the Australian Open this year, is now battling John Millman for the knockout round on Friday. Federer had lost surprisingly early against the Australian at the 2018 US Open. Before the 38-year-old Federer, defending champion Novak Djokovic from Serbia and Naomi Osaka from Japan and record winner Serena Williams also moved into the third round of the Australian Open at the Australian Open.
Strong form: Roger Federer in his win against Filip Krajinovic. (Source: Reuters)
++ Dimitrov fails early ++
Gregor Dimitrov was eliminated in the second round of the Australian Open. The Bulgarian surprisingly lost to the American Tommy Paul with 4: 6, 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 3) and 6: 7 (3:10).
Dimitrov, who was in 18th place, beat a whopping 21 aces, but had to surrender to his opponent despite a strong comeback.
++ Gauff wins again – and meets Osaka ++
Wimbledon surprise Cori Gauff made it into the third round on her Australian Open debut. The 15-year-old tennis talent prevailed in Melbourne 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5 against Romanian Sorana Cirstea on Wednesday. The American turned 0-3 in the third set and now challenges the Japanese defending champion Naomi Osaka at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year.
++ Krawietz / Mies fail in the first round ++
The German success double Kevin Krawietz / Andreas Mies (Coburg / Cologne) failed in the first round at the Australian Open. The number three French Open winners and US semi-finalists of 2019 lost to the Kazakhs Alexander Bublik / Mikhail Kukushkin with 3: 6, 6: 7 (7: 9). At the same time, Krawietz / Mies could not use a set ball in the second round.
++ Görges convinced when moving into the third round ++
Julia Görges (Bad Oldesloe) played the third round of the Australian Open with an impressive performance. With partly strong wind in the Melbourne Arena, the 38th in the world rankings defeated the number 13 seeded Petra Martic from Croatia with 4: 6, 6: 3, 7: 5. Görges is in the third round at the first Grand Slam of the year for the first time since 2015.
“It was a tough match, but I think I was aggressive at the important moments, and it paid off,” said Görges after the competitive duel. In the next round it will not be easier for the 31-year-old: the opponent is Alison Riske (USA), who is number 18 in Melbourne.
Julia Görges: The German tennis player played her way into the third round at the Australian Open. (Source: Lee Jin-Man / AP / dpa)
Görges had also decided against Martic to determine the game, she wanted to “take control”, she said. Accordingly, she took a high risk, winning strikes alternated with many uncommon mistakes. Until the eighth game of the first set, Görges determined the match, but then missed the break and promptly lost the thread and the set.
But Görges was not discouraged by the sag. She remained aggressive, continued to serve well, but reduced her error rate and won the second set after a break to 4-2. After a patiently earned break to 2: 1 in the third round, she received the rebreak to 4: 4, but kept her nerve and took Martic’s serve again at 6: 5.
++ Kohlschreiber withdraws ++
Professional tennis player Philipp Kohlschreiber has withdrawn before his second round game at the Australian Open. This is clear from the schedule of the organizers for Wednesday. It was initially unclear why the 36-year-old from Augsburg could not compete against the Greek semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas last year. In the first round on Monday, Kohlschreiber prevailed in three sets in his opening match at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season against the American Marcos Giron.
++ Kerber and Zverev breathe on ++
Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev have completed their first round mandatory duties at the Australian Open. Kerber from Kiel won clearly 6: 2, 6: 2 against Italian grand slam debutante Elisabetta Cocciaretto in Melbourne and meets Priscilla Hon from Australia or Katerina Koslowa from Ukraine in the second round on Thursday.
In Melbourne: Angelique Kerber started the Australian Open with a win. (Source: imago images)
Zverev won 6: 4, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 3 against the Italian Marco Cecchinato. The 22-year-old from Hamburg secured his first win of the new season after losing all three games at the ATP Cup earlier this year. In the second round, Zverev will face Norwegian Casper Ruud or Belarusian Yegor Gerassimov on Thursday.
++ Sharapowa fails in round one ++
Maria Sharapova has left. Croatia’s Donna Vekic lost 3-6 and 4-6 to former number one in the world. And after their third consecutive Grand Slam defeat, the former world-class tennis player Maria Sharapova even left a return to the Australian Open open. “I don’t know,” said the 32-year-old Russian in Melbourne on Tuesday. “It is difficult for me to say what will happen in 12 months.” The five-time Grand Slam winner currently ranks 145th in the world rankings and only came into the main draw of the Australian Open thanks to a wildcard.
Maria Sharapova has already left. (Source: Scott Barbour / dpa)
The defeat against Vekic meant the next disappointment for Sharapova. The former number one in the world had won the Australian Open in 2008. After her doping ban, Sharapova had returned to the tennis tour in April 2017, but had not returned to her previous level and was often down due to injury.
++ Thiem wins first match with pattern – Nadal confident ++
Dominic Thiem (26) has made a bespoke debut with his new coach Thomas Muster. At the Australian Open in Melbourne, the fifth in the world rankings from Austria won their opening match against Adrian Mannarino from France 6: 3, 7: 5, 6: 2.
“He is a wonderful addition to my team. He is a legend. I hope it pays off,” said Thiem about Muster after the match. The two-time French Open finalist and the 1995 French Open winner have been officially working together since last week.
After Roger Federer (Switzerland) and defending champion and record winner Novak Djokovic (Serbia), who won four sets against Jan-Lennard Struff (Warstein), world number one Rafael Nadal (Spain) also moved into the second round. Last year’s finalist defeated Hugo Dellien (Bolivia) 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
++ Stebe missed surprise against Paire ++
Cedric-Marcel Stebe (Vaihingen / Enz) missed a surprise at the Australian Open. The 29-year-old left-hander was defeated by Frenchman Benoit Paire (30) at number 21 after a big fight with 4: 6, 6: 3, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 2), 0: 6. For Stebe, it was his fourth loss in the first round when he participated in Melbourne for the fourth time. After Jan-Lennard Struff, he is the second of the eleven German tennis professionals who lost his opening match.
Stebe, number 154 in the world rankings, performed well for a long time on the 22nd place. He fought twice to equalize the set, but then had to give up his first two service games in the fifth round. Stebe appeared to be affected by problems on the left knee, and when the score was 0: 5, he called for medical service on the pitch. Then he lost his service again to lose the match
++ victories for Pliskova and Bencic, Konta fails ++
Czech Karolina Pliskova, number two, confidently reached the second round at the Australian Open. The semi-finalist of last year defeated the French Kristina Mladenovic 6: 1, 7: 5 in her opening match and now faces Laura Siegemund (Metzingen) or Coco Vandeweghe (USA).
The Swiss Belinda Bencic, who was number six, also reached the second round with a 6: 3, 7: 5. In contrast, the number twelve seeded British Johanna Konta failed with a 4: 6, 2: 6 at the 78th place in the world rankings Ons Jabeur.
++ Struff wrests Djokovic a sentence ++
As expected, Jan-Lennard Struff has dropped out of the world number two Novak Djokovic. The Davis Cup player took at least one set from the Serb. After 2:16 hours of play it was 6: 7, 2: 6, 6: 2, 1: 6 from the point of view of the German number two. Defending champion Djokovic, who has triumphed seven times at the Australian Open, faces the winner of the match between Tatsuma Ito (Japan) and Prajnesh Gunneswaran (India) in round two.
++ Kohlschreiber in round 2 ++
Philipp Kohlschreiber won his opening match at the Australian Open of tennis professionals and is facing an attractive second round task. The 36-year-old from Augsburg prevailed on rainy Monday in Melbourne against the largely unknown American Marcos Giron 7: 5, 6: 1, 6: 2.
In the second round, the world ranking 79 calls. last year’s semi-finalists Stefanos Tsitsipas out of Greece. Kohlschreiber had won the title in preparation for the Australian Open at a second-class Challenger tournament in Bendigo.
++ 15-year-old Gauff beats Williams ++
As in Wimbledon, tennis teenager Cori Gauff won the generation duel with her idol Venus Williams in her first round of her Australian Open debut. The 15-year-old American won her compatriot 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in Melbourne on Monday. “I was a little shocked when the tableau came out,” said the youngest player in the peloton after beating the oldest participant: “I was really nervous today.”
Cori “Coco” Gauff: The 15-year-old prevailed against Venus Williams. (Source: AP / dpa)
The seven-time Grand Slam tournament winner Venus Williams turns 40 on June 17 and took part in one of the four most important tennis tournaments for the 85th time. Gauff is only contesting her third Grand Slam tournament after the US Open and Wimbledon – and has successfully started the tournament.
++ Federer also wins at the start ++
Roger Federer easily won his opening game at the Australian Open. The 20-time Swiss Grand Slam winner beat Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Melbourne on Monday in Melbourne. Due to the rain, the third in the world rankings ended his game under the closed roof of the Rod Laver Arena.
The 38-year-old also had a successful start to 2020 with Federer had traveled to the first sporting highlight of the tennis season without match practice. The six-time Australian Open winner now faces the Serbian Filip Krajinovic or Quentin Halys from France.
++ Görges without problems ++
Julia Görges also started successfully in the Australian Open. The 31-year-old tennis player from Bad Oldesloe dominated her first round game against the Slovakian Viktoria Kuzmova in Melbourne on Monday and clearly won 6: 1, 6: 2. In just 56 minutes, the world ranking 39 ended. their convincing appearance against number 60 in the world.
With 21 degrees, cloudy skies and wind, Görges secured his fifth victory in the sixth duel with Kuzmova. Her next opponent on Wednesday is the Croatian Petra Martic or Christina McHale from the USA. A total of eleven German tennis professionals are in the main field of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, five women and six men.