Novak Djokovic was the primary finalist after the highest seed beat shock Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev in straight units.
And he’ll meet Russian Daniil Medvedev after he got here by the problem of Stefanos Tsitsipas.
How have the Brits bought on?
It was not begin for the Brits as Katie Boulter fell to Daria Kasatkina within the first spherical 6-1 6-4 on the opening day. Twenty 4 hours later and British No1 Johanna Konta was pressured to retire within the second set of her match in opposition to Slovenia’s Kaja Juvan as a result of an stomach damage.
Francesca Jones, on her Grand Slam main-draw debut, made a promising begin in opposition to American Shelby Rogers earlier than ultimately shedding 6-4, 6-1 to a participant ranked virtually 200 locations increased. It left solely Heather Watson as the only real feminine Briton in the primary draw, the 28-year-old placing lack of preparation apart to beat Kristyna Pliskova and attain the second spherical. That was the place her adventures ended, nevertheless, as she misplaced to Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-2.
Within the males’s draw, Cameron Norrie received the opening-round Battle of the Brits, beating thirtieth seed and British No1 Dan Evans 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to succeed in the second spherical for the primary time. He then defeated Russia’s Roman Safiullin in 4 units to succeed in the final 32 for the primary time however got here up in opposition to Nadal, who ended his – and British – hopes in straight units.
There’s higher news within the doubles nevertheless with British illustration assured within the males’s doubles remaining. Jamie Murray and his companion Bruno Soares tackle defending champions Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram within the semi-finals. Salisbury can also be within the semi-finals of the blended doubles alongside Desirae Krawczyk.
Who’re this 12 months’s seeds?
- Novak Djokovic
- Rafael Nadal
- Dominic Thiem
- Daniil Medvedev
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Alexander Zverev
- Andrey Rublev
- Diego Schwartzman
- Matteo Berrettini
- Gael Monfils
- Denis Shapovalov
- Roberto Bautista Agut
- David Goffin
- Milos Raonic
- Pablo Carreno Busta
- Fabio Fognini
- Ashleigh Barty
- Simona Halep
- Naomi Osaka
- Sofia Kenin
- Elina Svitolina
- Karolina Pliskova
- Aryna Sabalenka
- Bianca Andreescu
- Petra Kvitova
- Serena Williams
- Belinda Bencic
- Victoria Azarenka
- Johanna Konta
- Garbine Muguruza
- Iga Swiatek
- Petra Martic
Australian Open match dates
- February 8 – Males’s and ladies’s singles first spherical
- February 9 – Males’s and ladies’s singles first spherical
- February 10 – Males’s and ladies’s singles second spherical
- February 11 – Males’s and ladies’s singles second spherical
- February 12 – Males’s and ladies’s singles third spherical
- February 13 – Males’s and ladies’s singles third spherical
- February 14 – Males’s and ladies’s singles fourth spherical
- February 15 – Males’s and ladies’s singles fourth spherical
- February 16 – Males’s and ladies’s singles quarter-finals
- February 17 – Males’s and ladies’s singles quarter-finals
- February 18 – Ladies’s semi-finals and first males’s semi-final
- February 19 – Second males’s semi-final
- February 20 – Ladies’s remaining
- February 21 – Males’s remaining
Who’s lacking on the Australian Open?
Roger Federer is probably the most high-profile absentee from Melbourne Park as he continues his restoration from double knee surgical procedure in 2020.
Former British No 1 Andy Murray additionally misses the occasion after testing constructive for Covid-19 and never with the ability to attain an settlement with the organisers over quarantining.
American John Isner opted to skip the match as a result of he did not wish to be away from his household for an prolonged time period.
Within the girls’s draw, Kiki Bertens is out with damage whereas Madison Keys and Amanda Anisimova withdrew after a constructive coronavirus check.
Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska examined constructive for a banned substance and appealed to the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport. Nevertheless, the world No 29 misplaced her battle and can now depart from Australia, having travelled within the hope of profitable her case.
The place to look at the Australian Open 2021 on TV
Eurosport has the rights to broadcast stay motion from Melbourne.
Protection begins at midnight on February 8 which is the beginning of the primary session of the match.
The UKTN may also present a one-hour highlights package deal from the fourth spherical onwards
The Australian Open is the primary Grand Slam to have digital shot callers, as a substitute of line judges, on each match courtroom throughout the occasion.
Distant monitoring cameras across the courts will routinely ship the audio line calls, voiced by Australian front-line employees and different emergency companies personnel, in real-time.