While you were Sleeping, Day 7 of the Australian Open was fully lived on the ESPN screen. Among the highlights, Novak Djokovic, despite all the uncertainty that had been generated by his participation as a result of abdominal pain, beat Milos Raonic without problems, while a Dominic Thiem, totally unknown, it was overwhelmed by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.
Karatsev is the Melbourne sensation. The 114th in the world came from eliminating Diego Schwartzman in the third round and now he turned Auger-Aliassime 0-2 in sets. There could be three Russians in the quarterfinals.
The Serbian, who until the last moment had not confirmed his participation due to the pain in the abdominal area that he suffered in front of Taylor Fritz, beat Canadian in four sets by 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1 and 6-4. And in rooms a stellar duel is coming: will be measured with Alex Zverev, who beat Dusan Lajovic in three sets, for a place in the semis. Nole has already surpassed it five times, the German only two. They never met at the Australian Open.
And the surprise of the day occurred between Thiem and Dimitrov. Although you have to be very risky to question the Bulgarian’s conditions, the forecasts pointed to an Austrian in the quarter-final table. But that didn’t happen: The world No. 19 crushed him 6-4 and 6-0 in two hours. The third best classified on the circuit, the last champion of the US Open and who defended the final reached in 2020, said goodbye earlier than planned.
On the female side, Simona Halep imposed her hierarchy and took revenge against Iga Swiatek for the meeting last year in which the Polish overwhelmed her at Roland Garros. The Romanian reversed her bad start and in three sets she got into the quarters. Nothing more and nothing less than Serena Williams awaits her, which beat Aryna Sabalenka.
In adapted tennis, Argentine Gustavo Fernández (champion in 2017 and 2019) fell on his debut. The Chilean Macarena Cabrillana and the Colombian Angélica Bernal were also eliminated.