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Australian Open: Rublev defeats Thiem, Sabalenka and Garcia to clinch Melbourne

FeaturedSports NewsAustralian Open: Rublev defeats Thiem, Sabalenka and Garcia to clinch Melbourne

Fifth seed Andre Rublev ended former Grand Slam champion Dominic Thiem’s ​​Australian Open campaign in the opening round on Tuesday when he overcame Austria’s Jan Keen Arena 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Thiem, a finalist at Melbourne Park and the 2020 US Open champion, is on his way back from a wrist injury and was only able to match the power of the reclusive Russian.

In a match filled with high-quality rallies between the two baseliners, Robleau took a 5-3 lead in the opening set, 5-4 in the second and 2-1 in the third.

Thiem simply failed to gain a foothold in the competition and 25-year-old Rublev, a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open in 2021, showed up for the match after spending just over two hours on court.

“We’re really good friends and I know he’s going through such an easy period … and I hope he gets back to the level he’s been at as soon as possible,” Robles said of the former world number three. He belongs.”

“It’s very hot today so I’m very happy that I was able to win in straight sets and save some energy for the next match.

“The hotter it is, the harder it is to make the right decisions, the harder it is to move. When you start thinking that the other guy is feeling the same way, it’s a little easier.”

Rublev, like all Russian and Belarusian players, is competing in the tournament without a national affiliation as a result of the invasion of Ukraine last year.

Tennis Australia on Tuesday morning banned fans from bringing any country flags onto the Melbourne Park grounds after a Russian tricolor was hung from a bush next to a court where Ukraine’s Kateryna Bendel was playing on Monday.

Extreme heat

Another major topic of conversation on the second day of the championships was the heat as the temperature rose to a forecast of 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 °F).

Play on the outdoor courts was suspended shortly after 2pm local time (0300 GMT) as the tournament’s extreme heat policy came into effect.

Women’s top seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia spent as little time as possible on Rod Laver Arena in their opening matches at the first Grand Slam of the year.

Fifth seed Sabalenka, who opened the year by winning the Adelaide International 1 title without dropping a set, continued her fine form with an emphatic 6-1 6-4 victory over Teresa Martinkova.

“It was not such an easy match and I’m very happy to start with a win,” said the Belarusian.

“I need to work on my mentality, I’m not worried about any mistakes I’m making, I honestly believe that’s the only thing that’s missing in my game.”

Fourth seed Garcia, who won the WTA Finals last season, was equally convincing with a 6-3 6-0 win over Canadian qualifier Catherine Sebov in just over an hour.

Garcia will next face another Canadian in 2021 US Open finalist Leila Fernandes, who came from an early breakdown to defeat Alize Cornet 7-5 6-2.

Italian Martina Trevisan was the first seed to fall on Tuesday. The 21st seed lost to qualifier Anna Karolina Schmidlova of Slovakia 6-3 6-2.

Novak Djokovic will begin his bid for a 10th title at Melbourne Park in the final match of the day on Rod Laver Arena against Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

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