MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A transient undercover agent at the Australian Start:
LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY
Serena Williams goes up against Simona Halep in the quarterfinals — their 12th meeting on tour in a matchup that dates to a decade in the past. Williams leads the sequence 9-2, but Halep received their most latest showdown, 6-2, 6-2 in the 2019 Wimbledon final. That was as soon as one in all four consecutive defeats in Astronomical Slam title suits for Williams as she chases her file-tying 24th main singles trophy. Naomi Osaka, whose three main championships include the 2019 Australian Start, goes up against Hsieh Su-wei, who at 35 is the oldest lady to invent her Astronomical Slam quarterfinal debut. Hsieh hadn’t received a match against a Top 10 opponent till 2017, but now has seven such victories. Four of their 5 outdated suits maintain long gone three sets; Osaka is 4-1 head-to-head. In the males’s quarterfinals, eight-time Australian Start champion Novak Djokovic carries an abdominal muscle injury into his match against 2020 U.S. Start runner-up Alexander Zverev. Djokovic holds a 5-2 edge over Zverev total, including winning the final four in a row they’ve conducted. Djokovic seeks his 31st profession appearance in a Astronomical Slam semifinal as he chases title No. 18, which would lunge him within two of opponents Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The utterly different males’s match is 18th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov against 114th-ranked Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who is making his Astronomical Slam main-way debut at age 27.
Sunny with cloudy lessons, excessive of 31 degrees Celsius (88 Fahrenheit)
Principally sunny, excessive of 26 Celsius (79 Fahrenheit).
MONDAY’S KEY RESULTS
Females’s Fourth Round: Jessica Pegula beat No. 5 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; No. 22 Jennifer Brady beat No. 28 Donna Vekic 6-1, 7-5.
Males’s Fourth Round: No. 4 Daniil Medvedev beat Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-2, 6-3; No. 7 Andrey Rublev beat No. 24 Casper Ruud 6-2, 7-6 (3), 0-0 ret.; No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas beat No. 9 Matteo Berrettini, walkover.
STAT OF THE DAY
18: Medvedev’s winning slump.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s definitely one Russian in the semis. Three Russians in the quarters . . . first time in the historical past. It’s grand for our sport,” Medvedev on his nation’s success so some distance in Melbourne.
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