how to see: 6 to 9 pm, Eastern Time on Tennis Channel and 9 am on ESPN2 in the United States; Streaming on ESPN + and ESPN3 app.
The quarter-finals of the Australian Open continue on Tuesday night. As Ashley Barty and Rafael Nadal look to continue their dominance, the young Challengers will try to provoke them to go to the finals.
Here are some matches to keep an eye on.
The timing of individual matchups is predictable and can fluctuate depending on the completion of the first play. All times are eastern.
Rod Laver Arena | Tuesday at 7 pm
Barthley vs Ashley Karolina Muchova
Ashleigh Barty withdrew from the WTA tour in 2020 because of an epidemic of coronavirus virus, she decided to stay in Australia to protect herself and her team. Critics believed it would be nearly impossible for No. 1 seed Barty to live up to expectations, but she has been in a shocking form. She Did not lose a match in the last two weeks, won the Yara Valley Classic and did not miss a set for the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Karolina Muchova has advanced to the quarter-finals after two exceptional performances against Karolina Pliskova and Ellis Mertens, seeded sixth and 18th. The 24-year-old may have won both matches in straight sets, but he needed to win seven games each to complete his ups and downs. Now against Coherent Barty, Muchova will need to calculate a high unpredictable error if he is to reach his first Grand Slam rifle.
Rod Laver Arena | Tuesday night at 9 o’clock
Jennifer Brady vs Jessica Pegula
After harassing No. 5 seed Elina Svitolina by Jessica Pegula, she turned to the camera and concluded her signed message, “See Jane B. in the next round.” Jennifer Brady, returning love after her win over Donna Vekic, wrote, “Bring it on Jess.” Both Americans are good friends and have been supportive of each other’s progress.
Prior to this tournament, Pegula had never reached the round of 16 in any major event. With a win by two top-20 players, only one set has been dropped to make it to the quarterfinals. His aggressive style is increasingly court-friendly at this year’s Australian Open.
Brady, who reached the semi-finals at the United States Open in September, was the only female player placed in a more restrictive quarantine after reaching Melbourne by the second week. On average, Brady has lost less than five games per match en route to the quarterfinals, and it’s hard to see how Pegula can updown the 22nd seed.
Rod Laver Arena | 11 am Tuesday
André Rublev vs Daniel Medvedev
André Rublev and Daniel Medvedev won the ATP Cup for Russia earlier this month, with neither player losing in a singles match. In his three meetings on the ATP Tour, Medvedev has come out on top every time, including in the quarter-finals of the US Open in September.
This could be a chance for Rublev to overcome his friendly opponent. He Especially effective when not dropping a set throughout the tournament. His match against Caspar Rude ended after only two sets when Norway bounced back from injury. Going into the quarterfinals, Rublev has led the field in both percentage of the first service point of the win and won the second service point, a sign of how tough it is for opponents to break his serve.
Medvedev is also playing well against Filip Krajinovic, aside from a chaotic, chaotic third round match. He Now 18 matches in a row have been won, their last loss being in a tournament in Vienna in October. Although the sharp surface fits Medvedev’s flat baseline shots, Rublev’s open stance is well-suited in defense, and we are sure to see many dynamic, aggressive points.
Rod Laver Arena | Wednesday at 3:30 AM
Rafael Nadal vs Stephanos Tsitipas
Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed, has gone through the first four rounds easily, no surprise for a player with 20 Grand Slam titles. Although Nadal won his only Australian Open title a decade ago, he has reached the final on four other occasions, and is a clear favorite in his half of the draw to do so. Nadal’s powerful topspin shots are well suited to clay courts where he can pull opponents around with tightly angled shots. Nadal’s ability to exploit his opponent’s weaknesses with constant pressure can break most players on their best days.
The 2019 ATP Finals winner, Stephanos Tsitipas, is a study in unpredictability. The fifth seed has a capable all-court game, but lacks the consistency to carry out match after match. The 22-year-old has worked to improve this aspect of his game, but needed five sets to push back untold Thansee Kokkinakis in the second round. After getting a walkover in the round of 16, Tsitsipas would be well rested and would expect an advantage against one of the most mentally tough players on the tour.