Australian Open LIVE RESULTS: Tsitsipas vs Sinner, Djokovic return date revealed, Peng Shuai shirts allowed

Australian Open LIVE RESULTS: Tsitsipas vs Sinner, Djokovic return date revealed, Peng Shuai shirts allowed

January 26, 2022

RAFA NADAL won his quarter-final match-up with Dennis Shapovalov in five sets to reach the last four of the Australian Open.

There, he will face Matteo Berrettini, who also required five sets as he overcame Gael Monfils.

Tonight's first men's quarter-final will see French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas take on in-form Italian Jannik Sinner.

Then US Open champ Daniil Medvedev will take on exciting Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic has received a boost in his bid to compete at the French Open, as under the country's current rules he will be exempt from vaccinated.

And the Australian Open has allowed Peng Shuai t-shirts after Martina Navratilova spoke out about fans being banned from wearing them.

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    Head-to-head

    Daniil Medvedev faces a tough test against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime, but it's a test he's passed on every previous occasion.

    The pair have met three times, with the Russian winning all three.

    In 2018, Medvedev triumphed 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) at the ATP Masters in Canada.

    Then in last year's US Open semi-final, Medvedev was 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 winner on his way to a first Grand Slam title.

    And just 18 days ago, Medvedev hammered Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-0 in the ATP Cup in Sydney.

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    Centre of attention

    Daniil Medvedev will be back at the Rod Laver Arena today after fuming at being relegated to the smaller Margaret Court Arena two days ago.

    The world number two said: "First of all is where I really don't know, like, what should I do to play on centre courts in Grand Slams, because I won the last Grand Slam.

    I mean, I'm highest seed here, and to play against Maxime [Cressy] would be easier on Rod Laver, more space.

    "When you play on a smaller court it's tougher to play somebody who does serve and volley than on a bigger court.

    "It's like same in Wimbledon, I haven't even played on Centre, because I don't count the fifth set which I played after the rain, after being put on Court 2."

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    Head-to-head

    Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner have met three times, with the Greek winning twice.

    However, this is their first ever match on a hard court, with all their previous meetings having been on clary.

    In 2019, Tsitsipas ran out comfortable 6-3, 6-2 winner at the ATP Masters in Rome.

    But a year later, Sinner was 6-1, 6-7 (11-9), 6-2 winner at the same competition.

    Then in Barcelona last year, Tsitsipas triumphed 6-3, 6-3.

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    'We have a clock'

    Rafael Nadal has denied claims from Denis Shapovalov that he receives preferential treatment from umpires.

    He said: “I really believe that it’s always in the mind that the top players get bigger advantages and, honestly, on court it’s not true.

    “That’s my feeling. I never feel that I had advantages on court, and I really believe that he’s wrong in that case. In the last couple of years we have a clock, we increase the measures to make the things more fair for everyone.

    “I honestly feel sorry for him. I think he played a great match for a long time.

    "Of course, it’s tough to accept to lose a match like this, especially after I was feeling destroyed and probably he felt that, and then I was able to manage to win the match.

    “I wish him all the very best. He’s young, and I think we all make mistakes in our careers.

    "I make a lot of mistakes, too, when I was younger, and probably he will understand later on after he thinks the proper way that probably he was not right today.”

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    Nadal blasted

    Denis Shapovalov claimed Rafael Nadal received preferential treatment during their five-set encounter.

    The beaten Canadian, who labelled the umpire "corrupt" during the match but later retracted the comment, said:"I've been ready to play for a minute and a half and he tells me he's not going to give him a code violation because I'm not ready to play. To me, it's a big joke.

    "And then after the fourth set, last year I wasn't allowed to take a toilet break when I asked for a medical.

    "He had already taken two medicals. He was getting medically evaluated, and after the evaluation, the guy goes and takes a toilet break.

    "It's like, where is the line? I respect everything that Rafa has done and I think he's an unbelievable player. But there's got to be some boundaries.

    "It's just so frustrating as a player. You feel like you're not just playing against the player, you're playing against the umpires, you're playing against so much more."

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    Tsitsipas is first men's match

    Stefanos Tsitsipas is first on court in the men's singles today.

    He takes to the Rod Laver Arena at 4am UK time to take on Jannik Sinner of Italy.

    Tsitsipas struggled in the last round, only beating America's Taylor Fritz in five sets.

    But Sinner had no such trouble as he hammered home favourite Alex de Minaur in straight sets.

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    Cornet backs Djokovic

    First up at the Australian Open today is Alize Cornet, who stunned Simona Halep in round for to reach this stage.

    Cornet, who is playing in her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final, was one of Novak Djokovic's biggest backers when he was deported from Australia.

    Criticising others in the locker room for not supporting Djokovic, she tweeted on January 16: "I know too little to judge the situation.

    "What I know is that Novak is always the first one to stand for the players. But none of us stood for him.

    "Be strong @DjokerNole."

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    Djok return date revealed

    Novak Djokovic has picked the first tournament he will play in since being kicked out of Australia.

    The world No 1 has entered the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, the ATP 500 tournament which runs from February 21-26.

    The world watched as the Serb's vaccine row drama Down Under eventually saw his Australian Open title defence end before it began.

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    McEnroe on Shapovalov-Nadal spat

    Tennis legend John McEnroe has waded in on Denis Shapovalov's suggestion that top stars get preferential treatment from umpires.

    The Russian felt the official was too lenient on Rafa Nadal and the time he took between points as the Spaniard won their quarter-final clash at the Australian Open.

    Outspoken American McEnroe told Eurosport: "This has been going on for the last ten to 15 years.

    "Part of the reason you get to be so great is you get a few perks along the way."

    You can watch McEnroe's full interview by clicking here.

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    U-turn on Peng T-shirts

    Good to hear the Australian Open has reversed its ban on “Where is Peng Shuai?” T-shirts.

    It follows widespread backlash to the tournament’s claim they constituted “commercial or political” material.

    Chinese tennis star Peng's welfare has become the subject of global concern after she accused a politician of sexual assault.

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    Does Rafa get preferential treatment?

    Denis Shapovalov says Rafael Nadal is given preferential treatment by umpires.

    The Russian made the comments after he lost to the Spanish star in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

    Shapovalov twice complained to umpire Carlos Bernardes about the amount of Nadal took between points.

    He said: "I think it's unfair how much Rafa is getting away with."

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    Rafa says thanks

    While his defeated opponent throws out accusations of corruption, Rafa Nadal has taken to social media to thank fans after his quarter-final victory.

    The 35-year-old made it seven Aussie Open semi-finals with his straight-sets win over Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday.

    And he looks the red hot favourite to claim a record-setting 21st career Grand Slam title as we reach the business end of the tournament.

    The Spanish sensation posted a message of thanks to his followers on Instagram and admitted he was just excited to be playing on Rod Laver Arena once more.

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    Denis the Menace

    Denis Shapovalov has branded his Aussie Open umpire 'corrupt' as he launched an astonishing rant over Rafa Nadal's 'time-wasting'.

    The relentless Spaniard remains on course to break the men’s Grand Slam record this Sunday as he eliminated Shapovalov in five sets in their quarter-final encounter.

    Denis Shapovalov fumed at the umpire in his quarter-finalCredit: Getty

    Nadal was 'completely destroyed' by acute stomach pains throughout the four-hour combat and was given pills by a doctor to help settle the dodgy guts.

    Yet Shapovalov was unhappy with the time it took for Nadal to restart play, slamming Carlos Bernardes and questioning his integrity for not issuing a time violation at the start of the second set.

    The 22-year-old said to the chair umpire on court: "You started the clock so long ago and he's still not ready to play. You've got to [time violation] code him.

    "He's not ready to play. You guys are all corrupt, you guys are all corrupt."

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    Rafa at the ready

    Crowd favourite Rafa Nadal is through to the seventh semi-final of his Australian Open career after a gruelling five-setter against Canada's Denis Shapovalov.

    The Spanish legend was far from his best on Rod Laver Arena but clung on to book his spot in the last four.

    Nadal is the hot favourite to claim a record 21st career Grand Slam title this week and the 35-year-old couldn't hide his excitement in his on-court interview after claiming victory…

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    Shirt off their backs

    Aussie Open chiefs have reversed their decision to ban T-shirts bearing the slogan 'Where is Peng Shuai?'

    But banners will remain prohibited at Melbourne Park.

    Fans have donned T-shirts reading 'Where is Peng Shuai?' at Melbourne ParkCredit: EPA

    The Aussie Open caused a stir last week when they forced spectators to remove shirts adorning the question prior to entering the grounds.

    Legendary former champion Martina Navratilova branded the decision 'pathetic'.

    Chief executive of Tennis Australia Craig Tiley has since decided to allow similar T-shirts to be worn – as long as fans possess no 'intent to disrupt'.

    He said: "If someone wants to wear a T-shirt and make a statement about Peng Shuai that's fine."

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    Keys to the final

    And on facing the USA's World No.51 Madison Keys in the semis, Barty had this to say:

    "It's so nice to have Maddy back playing her best tennis. She had a rough trot last year with injury and illness, but she is one of the most incredible girls in the locker room.

    "I have had plenty of battles with Maddy before, this is just going to add to it."

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    More from Barty

    Barty added: "I have grown as a person, as a player, I am more complete tennis player, have a couple of years' more experience – it is a credit to my team.

    "They have done so much work behind the scenes to make me the best version of myself. It has been a lot of fun so far.

    "It's been amazing, this isn't Melbourne, this is Brisbane weather! Plenty of heat throughout the day. Night sessions are special. I love playing at the Australian Open, it doesn't matter what time."

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    Barty speaks

    Ash Barty had this to say after racing through her quarter-final against Jessica Pegula on Tuesday: "That was solid, I had a lot of fun, I was able to serve and find a lot of forehands in the centre of the court.

    "I was happy to take the game on, be aggressive on my forehand, not worry if I miss a couple.

    "Jess is an incredible person, she is a brilliant girl and I love to test myself against her.

    "She has had an exceptional couple of years and deserves to be in these later end of Slams. She has a few more to come, for sure."

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    Home hope goes through

    World No.1 and Aussie local Ash Barty made short work of her quarter-final opponent Jessica Pegula.

    The 25-year-old swept into the semis with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at Rod Laver Arena.

    The Queenslander is yet to win her home Slam, making the last-four back in 2020.

    But she's in stunning form this year and looking a red hot favourite to break her duck Down Under.

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    That winning feeling

    Rafa Nadal threw his arms wide and tilted his head back as he beamed a massive grin on Rod Laver Arena.

    The Spanish legend reached the seventh Australian Open semi-final of his career when he saw off Canada's youngster Denis Shapovalov.

    The Aussie Open's official Twitter account captured the footage of that winning feeling as the 35-year-old celebrated victory Down Under.

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    Nadal left depleted after win

    Nadal doesn't know how he managed to see off Denis Shapovalov to reach the semi-finals.

    And he admitted that their four-hour-long battle left him depleted.

    When asked how he managed to pull of his epic win, Nadal said: “I don’t know honestly.

    “I’m completely destroyed after that.

    “I was a little bit lucky at the beginning of the fifth set.

    “At the beginning of the match I was playing great, then I know how difficult it is to play against a player like Denis [Shapovalov].

    “He’s very talented, very aggressive, he was serving huge, especially the second serve.

    “For me it’s amazing honestly to be in the semi-finals.”

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    Nadal reaches semi-finals

    Rafael Nadal has managed to reach the sem-final of the Australian Open for the seventh time.

    It took Nadal four hours to see off Denis Shapovalov to the delight of fans at the Rod Laver Arena.

    In the end, Nadal won the quarter-final clash 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3.

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    Krygios cruises into doubles semi-finals

    Nick Kygrios' journey in the singles at the Australian Open may have come to an end but he's still going strong in the doubles.

    Along with partner Thanasi Kokkinakis, Krygios cruised into the doubles semi-finals with a rousing 7-5 3-6 6-3 victory over Tim Puetz and Michael Venus at the raucous Kia Arena.

    Krygios and Kokkinakis – dubbed the 'Special K's' – will now face third seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos in their bid to reach the final.

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    Tournament chief backs Novak return

    Australian Open director Craig Tiley believes deported world No 1 Novak Djokovic will be allowed to play in next year’s tournament.

    Unvaccinated Serb Djokovic could be banned for three years after his visa was cancelled.

    But Tiley reckons the nine-time Oz Open king will try to return – and be accepted.

    He said: “Yes. Obviously, he’s got to play out this year, but that will be his intention.

    “At the end of the day, he’s the no 1 player in the world and he really loves the Australian Open.”

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    Australian Open slammed for shirt ban

    Martina Navratilova has slammed Australian Open chiefs for their ‘pathetic’ ban on T-shirts sporting the wording, ‘Where is Peng Shaui?’.

    The tennis legend, 65, is the latest star to cause waves over the mysterious disappearance of Chinese tennis ace Peng, 36.

    It comes after spectators at Melbourne Park were told to remove tops supporting the former world No 14 before entering the grounds on Friday.

    Navratilova, who won 18 singles titles, tweeted: “That’s just pathetic. The WTA stands pretty much alone on this!!!”

    Tennis Australia has defended its stance by saying the tournament does not allow political statements.

    It said in a statement: “Under our ticket conditions of entry we don’t allow clothing, banners or signs that are commercial or political.”

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