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Rublev beats Thiem in 1st round at Australian Open Clearly hampered Nadal loses in 2nd round of Australian Open No. 1 Swiatek eases by Osorio; No. 3 Pegula advances

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MELBOURNE, Australia. Andrey Rublev beat wild-carded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to secure a spot in the second round of the Australian Open.

Tim, runner-up at the 2020 Australian Open and winner of the US Open the same year, missed most of 2021 with injuries but bounced back from outside the top 350 last year and took a spot straight away. in the top 100. He was given a wildcard entry from the tournament organizers.

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“When you see that you have to play against Dominic, you understand that it will not be easy. I know that he is going through difficult times now, so I wish him all the best so that he returns to the level at which he can be as soon as possible, ”said Rublev.

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Rublev will now play either Australian Max Purcell or Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

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No. 5 Arina Sobolenko maintained her unbeaten start of the year by defeating Tereza Martintsova 6-1, 6-4. Sobolenko, who won the Adelaide International title in the first week of the year, amassed 29 winners to her opponent’s seven, winning her fifth match in a row.

“It was not so easy, I am very happy to start with a victory,” said Sobolenko, who will play with American Shelby Rogers in the second round. “I have to work on my thinking, stay calm and not get too upset when I make mistakes. I really think that’s the only thing missing from my game.”

Sobolenko, who has yet to win a Grand Slam singles title, has not advanced past the fourth round of the Australian Open in five previous visits.

Melbourne 2020 runner-up Garbine Muguruza lost her fifth consecutive match at the start of the year when she lost to Elise Mertens 3–6, 6–7(3), 6–1.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Muguruza served 6-5 in the second set.

Taylor Townsend won her first Grand Slam match since becoming a mother, defeating French wild-card Diane Parry 6-1, 6-1. The next American will meet with Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Leila Fernandez, former US Open runner-up, beat Alize Cornet 7-5, 6-2. Martina Trevisan, seeded 21st, lost 6-3, 6-2 to qualified Anna Karolina Schmidlova.

MELBOURNE, Australia. Rafael Nadal lost his second round match at the Australian Open to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 on Wednesday, abruptly breaking his title defense to a record 23rd place in the Grand Prix. Slam trophy.

It was not immediately clear what was troubling the 35-year-old Spaniard, but he came to an awkward stop at the end of a point at the end of the second set against 65th-placed McDonald.

Nadal, seeded No. 1, was visited by a coach on the touchline and then left the court for a medical time-out. In the stands, his wife wiped her tears. Nadal returned to the game but was physically compromised rather than in his usual pursuit of every ball.

MELBOURNE, Australia. No. 1 seed Iga Sviatek advanced to the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, beating Colombia’s Camila Osorio 6-2, 6-3. In the match, played with the roof closed due to rain, the Polish player broke down on a 5–1 serve for the match, but sealed the win two games later.

The reigning French Open and US Open champion will now play either Canada’s former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu or Spain’s Cristina Buxa.

“I think it was a lot harder than the bill says,” Swiatek said. “It was very hard physically. She didn’t give me many points for free.

“It was hard, but I am glad that I consistently took the initiative,” she added. “I am very happy that I won and can play in the next round.”

Third place Jessica Pegula was tested by Alexandra Sasnovich before going through 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Pegula served for the match 5–4 in the second but was beaten before regrouping to win the tie-break. She will next play Marta Kostyuk from Ukraine or Olivia Gadetsky from Australia.

No. 6 seed Maria Sakkari survived the ordeal of 18-year-old Russian qualifier Diana Schneider before advancing 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

Left-hander Schneider, who is due to visit North Carolina State this fall, saved two match points on her serve at 5-2. But in the next game, Sakkari held 0-30.

“It was a very high level from both of us, I think she had an amazing match,” said Sakkari. “She is very young, she is very promising. Maybe she should consider skipping college and going pro.”

In the men’s draw, No. 15 Yannick Sinner won 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 over Thomas Martin Etcheverri of Argentina to advance to the third round.

There will be no play on the outside courts until 15:30 local time due to rain.


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