News ID: 319542
Published: 1238 GMT January 21, 2022

Zverev into Australian Open fourth round; Berrettini survives Alcaraz comeback

Zverev into Australian Open fourth round; Berrettini survives Alcaraz comeback
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Alexander Zverev is in action during his third round match against Radu Albot at the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, on January 21, 2022.

Alexander Zverev did not have it all his way but eased into the fourth round of the Australian Open without dropping a set after a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory over Romanian qualifier Radu Albot on John Cain Arena on Friday.

The world number three, still seeking the Grand Slam title that many have predicted for him, struggled with his serve at times but was always in full control as he set up a clash with Canadian Denis Shapovalov, Reuters reported.

Elsewhere, World number seven Matteo Berrettini overcame a gripping fightback from teenage Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz to edge a heavyweight slugfest 6-2 7-6(3) 4-6 2-6 7-6 (10-5) on Friday.

The Italian won a final set super tie-break after an enchanting four hours and 10 minutes, the see-saw contest resembling more of a boxing match than tennis, on a balmy afternoon at the Rod Laver Arena.

The 18-year-old Alcaraz, who won the NextGen ATP Finals in 2021, came into the match having defeated the Wimbledon runner-up in a final set tiebreaker in their only previous meeting at Vienna last October.

"In the fifth I just started to think about fighting for every point," the Italian said. "In every match something happens (referring to an ankle injury in the deciding set) but I fought through it."

 

‘Low IQ’ crowd

 

Daniil Medvedev is no stranger to crowd hostility and once again seemed to revel in the role of pantomime villain as he overcame mercurial home favourite Nick Kyrgios at the Australian Open on Thursday and took a swipe at the feisty home fans.

At the floodlit Rod Laver Arena, the world number two showed steely resolve and remained calm as a robot in the face of fanatic support for Kyrgios to secure a clinical 7-6(1) 6-4 4-6 6-2 win.

Yet the Russian could not hide his irritation during his on-court interview.

Asked by former champion Jim Courier how he managed to keep his emotions in control, the 25-year-old said he did not have a choice as he was getting booed between his first and second serves.

As Courier started explaining that a few fans were actually imitating Cristiano Ronaldo's famous "Siuuu!" goal celebration and not booing him, Medvedev lost his calm.

"Sorry, I can't hear you. Show some respect for Jim Courier. Thank you, guys. Let him speak please," Medvedev said, addressing the crowd, before writing " Siuuu" on the broadcast camera lens.

"Break point, second serve and people are cheering like you already made a double fault. That's just disappointing ... it's not everybody who is doing it but those who are doing it probably have a low IQ," he later told Eurosport.

Medvedev famously got on the wrong side of the crowd at the 2019 US Open, becoming the player the Flushing Meadows fans loved to hate.

His antics at that tournament included angrily snatching a towel from a ball person in his third round match.

He then sarcastically thanked them, saying, "The energy you're giving me right now, guys, I think it will be enough for my next five matches".

Medvedev eventually won back most of the US Open crowd after taking Rafa Nadal to five sets in a pulsating 2019 final and winning the 2021 title at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

 

   
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