MELBOURNE, Australia — To date the older guys are holding courtroom towards the brand new era on the Australian Open.
On Saturday, 31-year-old Novak Djokovic beat 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov, 6-Three, 6-Four, Four-6, 6-Zero.
A day earlier, it was 32-year-old Rafael Nadal defeating 19-year-old Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-2, 6-Four.
And on Sunday night time, the elder statesman of the group, 37-year-old Roger Federer, faces 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas in a fourth-round match at Rod Laver Area. It will likely be Federer’s 101st look on the event’s fundamental present courtroom — and Tsitsipas’s first.
“It’s nice to see new faces and it’s nice to see younger gamers difficult one of the best gamers on the planet,” Djokovic mentioned. “I salute that and I respect it quite a bit.”
All they want is extra expertise taking part in massive matches towards massive gamers at massive venues.
Shapovalov bought that Saturday.
“It was a little bit bit tough for me by way of it’s not every single day I’m taking part in a match towards a high man like this on a stage like that,” Shapovalov mentioned. “Positively I used to be a little bit bit nervous, a little bit bit tight on all the things, simply hesitating a little bit bit.”
The jitters went away finally and he ended up taking a set from Djokovic.
“That’s once I type of loosened up and began taking part in my tennis, I simply began actually simply having fun with myself,” Shapovalov mentioned. “I advised myself, ‘Look, you’re already down two units, so simply have enjoyable on the market.’ That’s the place I felt like I actually began to play my sport and actually confirmed what I can do.”
The win assured that Djokovic would maintain his No. 1 rating after the Australian Open. Nadal may have taken the highest rating if he gained the event and Djokovic misplaced earlier than the fourth spherical. Djokovic will subsequent face No. 15 Daniil Medvedev.
The ladies’s No. 1, Simona Halep, beat one Williams sister Saturday and now will face the opposite. Halep, final yr’s runner-up at Melbourne Park, reeled off six consecutive video games in a single stretch and ended up beating Venus Williams, 6-2, 6-Three, within the third spherical.
Subsequent for Halep is a showdown towards 23-time main champion Serena Williams with a quarterfinal berth at stake.
After two powerful three-set tussles in Australia, Halep had a a lot simpler time of issues Saturday and made solely 12 unforced errors, whereas Venus made 33. Halep performed together with her left thigh taped, however moved across the courtroom properly.
For Venus, that is the fifth consecutive Grand Slam event she exits earlier than the fourth spherical.
Serena Williams, a seven-time Australian Open champion, superior to the fourth spherical with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Dayana Yastremska, 18, of Ukraine.
Williams consoled a tearful Yastremska on the internet after the match, hugging her and saying, “Don’t cry.”
“She was wonderful, she got here out swinging,” Williams mentioned later. “To be so younger, she got here out able to go.”
The 16th-seeded Williams has now gained 20 consecutive units at Melbourne Park, having not dropped a set in her 2017 title run and profitable three rounds right here this yr in straight units. She didn’t play right here in 2018 following the start of her daughter.
In different ladies’s matches, fourth-seeded Naomi Osaka, the reigning United States Open champion, averted slipping out of the event with a 5-7, 6-Four, 6-1 victory over Hsieh Su-wei. Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina got here again from Three-Zero down within the third set to beat Zhang Shuai, Four-6, 6-Four, 7-5. Madison Keys, Garbiñe Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova additionally superior.
Within the males’s draw, eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori bought by means of the third spherical in straight units towards João Sousa, getting a little bit of aid after his first two matches at Melbourne Park went to 5 units. No. Four Alexander Zverev, No. 11 Borna Coric and No. 16 Milos Raonic additionally gained.