/ 18 February 2021

Rollercoaster at the net

Dylan Alcott won his 7th consecutive Australian Open Quad Singles title last night with a dominating 6-1 6-0 performance over Dutchman Sam Schroder. He broke Alcott’s serve in the first game and then the Aussie went on to win the next 12. Amazing…  As for Ash Barty – it would have been great to see her get past the Oz Open quarter-finals, but it wasn’t to be. A heat-affected Karolína Muchová overcame a poor first set with the help of a medical timeout to storm past Barty to win in 3. Barty was pressed after the game on Muchová’s stoppage, but she wouldn’t bite saying it was “within her rights to take that time.” Another upset was last night’s disposal of Rafael Nadal by Stefanos Tsitsipas in a marathon 5 set thriller. Highlights today: both women’s semis will be played in this arvo (details in Squiz The Day…). And Novak Djokovic will be angling for a chance to play for a record 9th Oz Open tonight.

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