Strength, determination, technical and tactical maturity. Jannik Sinner's Australian Open campaign continues without interruption and above all without dropping a set, as the South Tyrolean also beat Karen Khachanov (in three sets 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 after 2 hours and 33 minutes of play), Update A book of his successes and reaching the quarter-finals two years after the first time. Thus, the Italian became the fourth Italian ever to reach one of the Grand Slam tournaments without losing a set, and he will now find on his way the Russian world number 5 Andrey Rublev, who in turn defeated the Russian in a long and difficult return match. Alex de Minaur.
Novak Djokovic also enters the quarter-finals without problems for the fourteenth time in his career: the top seed in tennis dominates the Frenchman Mannarino, who leaves him in misery for three matches.
Thus, the Serbian breaks another record of Roger Federer, as he participated in 58 top 8 matches in the Grand Slam tournaments. He will now face defending champion Fritz, who defeated 2023 finalist Tsitsipas. Among the women, Sabalenka and Gauff are ahead.
For Sinner, listed as one of the favorites for the Melbourne Slam, even if the second quarterfinal match at the Australian Open rewrites some records for Italian tennis, the important thing is to think about the next training session, the next match: “I don't think about these things.” – The South Tyrolean explains at the press conference – I prefer to tell my personal story. “Obviously I'm happy to be in a fourth Slam again, which sounds easy but it's not easy at all. I'm just looking to give it my all on the court and in the attitude, that's the only thing I can control. I consider myself “I'm a simple person and here I'm having a great time with my team. It's the most precious thing we can do.” Success over Karen Khachanov is a statement of superiority that has now become clear in every step the Italian takes in the tournament and in every statistic that tells about it. Even against a strong opponent, particularly suited to the atmosphere of a Grand Slam, even when the basic shot does not work perfectly: “In a match, there is always something that does not work 100% – he explains – and this time it was the serve. I was having a bit of difficulty with the The first two sets, so now we're going to improve that.
Honestly, though, I felt good from the start, made the right choices and responded well. The way I played the most important points was the key. He played well and aggressively and that's why I consider it a positive match overall.” Giving TV interviews and not taking his eyes off the screen, De Minaur-Rublev is still on the march. The Moscow native will win the fifth set, when in Melbourne, night falls and it's past 11.30 p.m. “I will face him with a smile – says Sinner about his next opponent – when one is happy to live one's passion, playing another match represents a new opportunity. “Andrei has improved a lot, he fights for every ball, and if I want to win, I have to show good tennis.”
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