The fifth day of the Australian Open, last with public until Wednesday for the five-day quarantine, had it all: the favorites advanced, the surprise elimination of Schwartzman and the injury of Djokovic.
In the first instance, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman fell by triple 6-3 against the Russian Astan Karatsev and said goodbye to the first Grand Slam of the season.
Dominic Thiem achieved an epic comeback and beat local Nick Kyrgios in five sets 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-4. The finalist of the last edition is still in the race.
World’s number one, Novak Djokovic, fought in part against the Australian public who booed him repeatedly and before his own body (abdominal injury) to win an incredible game against North American Taylor Fritz 7-6 (1), 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 and 6-2.
German Alexander Zverev continues at a steady pace at Melbourne Park: He beat the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in three sets 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1.
The duel of young Canadian promises was on the side of Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat left-hander Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-5 and 6-3.
In the female box, Serena Williams and Simona Halep advanced after beating the Russians Anastasia Potapova and Veronika Kudermetova 7-6 (2) and 6-2 and 6-1 and 6-1, respectively.