Australian Open: Mladenovic eliminated, curtain on the Blues

In Melbourne, the tournament continues in deafening silence after the closed session until Wednesday minimum imposed by the authorities of the state of Victoria. The local Ashleigh Barty, world No. 1, therefore continues her journey in peace …

The Frenchwoman: Kristina Mladenovic

The world No. 52, last Habs in the table, was outclassed by the American Pegula (6-2, 6-1), who knocked her out with winning shots. “I knew what to expect, she had beaten me sharply last week in a preparation tournament,” explains Mladenovic. I had a lot of difficulty with his ball speed and his flat hits. I tried different things without finding a solution. I knew she was extremely confident. But on certain passages, I did not expect to have such answers… ”

The only positive point for the title holder in doubles, who preferred to focus only on singles: for the first time in a year and a half, “Kiki” has won two games in a row in a final table. Her opponent of the day, she continues her journey against the Ukrainian Svitolina.

The star: Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard, who has struggled with a recalcitrant back since arriving in Australia, continues to pass the turns. Against the Briton Norrie, the world No. 2 experienced only a small alert by breaking in the first set before unfolding (7-5, 6-2, 7-5). “Things continue to improve, blows Nadal, who has still not conceded a set in the Grand Slam since his defeat in the quarterfinals in Melbourne against Thiem last year. I’m happy to be in the second week. “First real test Monday in 8th against the Italian Fognini.

La star (bus): Novak Djokovic

Touched obliques Friday after a slip during his match against the American Fritz, the world No. 1 continues the suspense before his round of 16 scheduled against the Canadian Raonic. The Serb, who claimed to be suffering from a tear at the end of the court, did not train before the meeting scheduled for Sunday. The eight-time winner of the Australian Open was content to come to the tournament site for treatment and exams. Raonic would probably have nothing against a renunciation of the defending champion, who has beaten him eleven times … in eleven confrontations.

Novak Djokovic is not yet fixed on his fate … / AFP / William West

The number: 1

After five failures, Daniil Medvedev won a five-set match for the first time in his career against Serbian Krajinovic (6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-0). The Russian finished strong after a big slump and a negative attitude that caused his coach Gilles Cervara to leave at 1-4 in the fourth set. A saving boost for the world n ° 4, who is now 17 wins in a row since the fall (victories in the Masters 1000 in Paris, the Masters and the ATP Cup) and will face the American McDonald in 8th .

The sentence: “It reminded me of my forties”

In front of empty stands because of the closed session decreed Friday, Stefanos Tsitsipas easily dismissed the Swede Elias Ymer (6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in 1:34) … who was his training partner during the fortnight imposed on the ‘arrival in Melbourne.

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