The 2021 Australian Open not only left the enshrinement of the 9th title for Novak Djokovic in Melbourne, but also left memorable matches in the first Grand Slam of the year.
TSITSIPAS vs KOKKINAKIS
Thanasi Kokkinakis arrived in Australia after two years without victories on the circuit due to many injuries. Once recovered, he made it through the first round and had to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second instance. The duel was a true five-set battle (it lasted 4 and a half hours) with an advantage for the Australian in the first set, victory for the Greek in the subsequent two and equality for Kokkinakis in the fourth, to define everything in the last set.
NADAL vs TSITSIPAS
Rafael Nadal arrived as a firm candidate to win the Australian Open. The Spaniard, who came at an overwhelming pace in the previous rounds, ran into Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals. The Greek came from advancing after a walk over by Mateo Berrettini and having gone through tough encounters. In his duel against the manacorí, he started by losing the first two sets and led the third to a tiebreak. From there, he started to turn the tables and not only took the third set but also swept the world number two in the following sets to reach the semifinals.
KYRGIOS vs HERBERT
Nick Kyrgios was returning to the circuit after being inactive during the post COVID-19 lap in 2020. After overcoming the first round, he had to face Ugo Herbert in a duel that lasted 3 and a half hours. In the match, which had everything, he began with a set for each side until reaching the fifth, in which the Australian defined in his favor.
DJOKOVIC vs FRITZ
The meeting between the Serbian and the American was not only a match with a very high level of tennis, but it also lent itself to controversy. Is that the Serbian said he had played injured and the match lasted five sets. The first two sets went to the Serbian while the next two went to the American. The fifth and final was for Djokovic who sentenced the game with a resounding 6-2. “If he had really been injured he would not have continued playing,” Fritz declared later.
KYRGIOS vs THIEM
The Austrian and the Australian are among the most skilled tennis players on the circuit, so this match could not go unnoticed. Kyrgios started by winning the first two sets in a big way but Thiem activated his Top 10 level and swept it in the next three to eliminate the always controversial Bad Boy from Canberra.