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Czech mate: World No.1 Iga Swiatek eliminated in stunning Australian Open boilover

By Scott Spits

Iga Swiatek’s woes at the Australian Open continued on Saturday night, with the world No.1 eliminated by a Czech teenager in the star Pole’s earliest exit from Melbourne Park in five years.

The top half of the women’s singles draw has been turned on its head. Only one grand slam champion, Victoria Azarenka, is left and the highest seed is Zheng Qinwen (12).

Battling up-and-down form in the first two rounds at the Open, four-time major winner Swiatek appeared up for the fight as Czech Linda Noskova took the match up to her.

But it turned out not to be.

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That’s all for now

That’s all we have for you for now.

Thanks so much for joining us on a big evening as No.1 seed Iga Swiatek was knocked out of the women’s draw and Alexander Zverev and Daniil Medvedev advance in the men’s draw.

We will have more Australian Open coverage overnight and another blog firing up later in the morning.

Stay well and we will be back with our day eight blog later in the morning.

Bye for now.

Linda Noskova.Credit: Getty Images


Rallying at age two: Australia’s newest crop of tennis hopefuls

By Madeleine Heffernan

Salecia Host knew her son Ty had a future in tennis when he began to rally at age two.

The Australian Open now knows it too, after the 16-year-old unleashed serves of up to 202 km/h to breeze through to the second round of the junior boys’ singles competition.

Salecia Host and Aussie junior Ty Host at the Australian Open.Credit: Luis Ascui

“He could rally the ball across the net at the age of two,” said Australian-born Salecia, after her son’s 6-3, 6-3 victory in his first grand slam.

“He was born just athletically gifted. He swam very early, he walked very early, he also played soccer for the first 10, 12 years of his life at a very high level.

“It’s just in his blood … and he’s lived it every day since.”

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‘No one wants to watch you at 3am’: Zverev’s dad

No.6 seed Alexander Zverev said a pep talk from his dad and coach was the catalyst for a clinical win tonight.

After a long lead-in tournament in Sydney and two exhausting matches in his early rounds at Melbourne Park, his dad told him to keep this match short.

Alexander Zverev.Credit: AP

“The tactical talk with my dad, who is my coach, was brilliant,” Zverev said post match.

“Obviously, he told me to hit more winners and make less errors like always but he put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Son, no one wants to watch you play at 3am so please hurry up”.”

Zverev will play Cameron Norrie next round and he has won his last 13 matches against left-handers, he hopes to make it 14 and secure a place in the quarterfinals.


Zverev wins

No.6 seed Alexander Zverev is through to the round of 16 after a straight sets win over US teenager Alex Michelsen on Rod Laver Arena.

Zverev won 6-2, 7-6, 6-2.

He will play No.19 seed Cameron Norrie next match.

yesterday 11.48pm

Svitolina says Noskova will start as favourite

The mind games have begun with Ukrainian veteran and No.19 seed Elina Svitolina stating Czech teenager Linda Nostova would start as favourite in their round of 16 match.

Svitolina is continuing her comeback to the pro level after having her first child and she played Nostova in a tournament in Portugal early in her comeback.

Elina SvitolinaCredit: AP

“I remember when I was starting my comeback, she was there in Portugal as well. Now we are playing in the fourth round at a Grand Slam,” Svitolina said in her press conference.

“Beating world number one puts more pressure on her, I believe she will be the favourite and I will have nothing to lose.

“Now I will try to recover and be ready for the next one.”

Svitolina added she was proud that a record three Ukranians were in the last 16 after a record seven made the main draw in Melbourne.

“Three of us making second week is great,” Svitloina said.

“We are pushing each other. I wish all seven players were in the second week.”

Above all, Svitolina was happy her match was finished before 11pm on Saturday night, she had expected Medvedev and Auger-Alissieme, the earlier game on her court, would have gone much longer than three sets.

“It was good to finish in two sets and finish at a good time,” Svitolina said.

“I thought the match before me would take hours and hours. Instead, I was finished before 11pm.”

She was proud that three of the seven Ukrainian women who made the main draw have qualified for the second week.

yesterday 11.34pm

Zverev goes two sets up

Zverev overcame a very difficult second set to beat Michelsen in a tiebreak.

Zverev won the tiebreak 7-4 after having to fight back from a break down earlier in the set.

Now he is up 6-2, 7-6, 1-0 and the young American has a huge task to come back.

He threw his racquet down in disgust after losing the second set.

Alexander Zverev.Credit: AP

yesterday 11.18pm

‘When I’m aggressive I can play with anyone’: Noskova

Czech teenager Linda Noskova was unusually nervous this morning ahead of her clash with world number one Iga Swiatek and she put it down to one thing.

She knew she was good enough to compete with her.

Noskova went into the match wanting to play aggressive and then let the chips land where they may – she ended the night in the last 16 of the Australian Open while Swiatek is out.

Linda Noskova.Credit: AP

“I know when I play aggressive I can play with anyone,” Noskova said in her press conference.

She talks and acts like a player much older than 19 and her assessent of the match further relfected this.

“There was a lot of ups and downs on both of our serves, especially in the third. I just had to keep going and believe that I could break her and then hold my serve,” Noskova said.

“There were some moments where I wasn’t aggressive enough but then I re-focused on what I should do and I did it.”

Recalling her emotions in the morning, she said she was stressed.

“I feel like today I was really a little stressed from in the morning, I don’t usually have that but I knew that this match would mean a lot to me,” Noskova said.

When it came to holding her serve to win the match, those nerves were largely gone.

“I was a little shaky of course but I think I handled it well,” she said.

yesterday 11.11pm

Michelsen breaks Zverev

Michelsen has gone from looking in big trouble to breaking the serve of Zverev making it 5-4 in the second set.

Zverev is serving to keep the set alive.

yesterday 11.05pm

Portugal’s Borges topples Dimitrov in Open upset

Unheralded Portuguese Nuno Borges has pulled off the biggest win of his career by knocking 13th seed Grigor Dimitrov out of the Australian Open in a third-round boilover.

The 26-year-old arrived at Melbourne Park having never made it past the second round of a major.

But the world No.69’s 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-2 7-6 (8-6) upset of the Bulgarian on Saturday on Kia Arena moves him through to the last 16.

Nuno Borges.Credit: AP

Borges becomes the first Portuguese man to progress to the fourth round of an Australian Open and just the second player from his country to reach the second week of a grand slam.

“I’m still processing. I still can’t believe it,” said Borges, who spent years playing college tennis because he wasn’t mentally ready to turn professional.

“My reaction at the end was very honest, I wasn’t ready to win this match when it started.

“It’s big for Portugal. I’m proud to be Portuguese and be here competing in one of the biggest tournaments in the world.

“I hope I showed the younger kids it is possible, with a little bit of luck, working hard it is possible to achieve just living in the moment.”

It was his second straight defeat of a seeded opponent after beating world No.24 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the second round.

Borges next faces third seed Daniil Medvedev as the resurgent Russian seeks to avenge his brutal loss in the 2022 Australian Open final to Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev admitted after his 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Felix Auger Aliassime that he knew little about his fourth-round opponent.

“I saw the first set today, he (Borges) was playing well,” the Russian said.

“I didn’t know him before, but he was playing well, and to beat Grigor, who was on fire lately, is a big achievement.”

Win or lose against Medvedev, Borges is guaranteed to enter the world’s top 50 players for the first time at the end of the Open.

“I haven’t had really too many chances to compete against most of the top 10 or top 20 guys,” he said.

“I’m expecting a really tough match. I’m just going to enjoy (this win first).”


yesterday 11.01pm

Total attendance today was 93,723, short of last year’s record

By Scott Spits

UPDATED: Today’s bumper crowd of 93,723 at Melbourne Park fell short of breaking the record for Super Saturday, the centrepiece of the tournament.

Last year, the day and night attendance was a combined 94,854, which set a record.

Previously, 93,709 patrons attended Super Saturday in 2020

The Australian Open announced tonight’s night crowd was 33,310 which combined with the day crowd of 60,413 fans.

Spectators watch from deck chairs in Garden Square on Saturday.Credit: AP

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