The Australian Open 2023 Update

Last Updated on January 23, 2023 3:49 pm by Erwin Noguera

After many surprises in this Australia Open 2023, we are already in the tournament’s quarterfinals. However, before we get into this tournament stage, let’s see what has happened.

Carlos Alcaraz, one of the favorites for this Australia Open, could not attend the event after suffering an injury. The player announced it on his social networks and claimed that during his training, he suffered a setback in the musculature of the right leg and could not compete in the Australia Open, so he was exposed to the loss of the throne.

On the other hand, Rafa Nadal said goodbye to the Australian Open after conceding a second-round defeat to Makenzie McDonald (6-4, 6-4, 7-5) when the state of health the Spaniard was very conditioned. Nadal suffered a muscle injury in the left hip, for which he even temporarily retired to the locker room for medical services to attend him. Still, he gradually regained his best version, and the return to the tracks consummated with the defeat to the American.

First, Nadal left, overcome by Mackenzie McDonald and victim of a new injury that seriously affected him in the third set, and then Daniil Medvedev, shaken by the storm unleashed by Sebastian Korda. So the Australian Open is without its last champion and finalist.

Sebastian Korda, 22 years old and ranked 29th among the favorites, defeated the Russian, a finalist in Melbourne in 2021, 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4). A new demonstration of how much his tennis can give of itself.

The Australian Open 2023: Survivors in the quarterfinals

Now, eight survivors are in the men’s and women’s singles draw. The final is approaching to find out who succeeds Rafa Nadal and Ashleigh Barty in the Australian Open list of winners.

It is an edition with many surprises but keeps several world tennis heavyweights on course. The Serbian Novak Djokovic, nine-time champion of the tournament, aspires to equal Rafa Nadal’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles and regain the world number one at the expense of Carlos Alcaraz.

The United States has its chips on Sebastian Korda, Tommy Paul, and Ben Shelton. 

In the men’s category, only Novak Djokovic can repeat his title. In the women’s category, the former Belarusian champion Victoria Azarenka is still in the running.

The Australian Open 2023: Quarterfinal matches

Karen Khachanov vs. Sebastian Korda

Betting Odds:

Korda -141

Khachanov +111

The Russian Olympic runner-up, 26 years old and world No. 20, against the 22 years old and world No. 31 ranked who beat Daniil Medvedev and Hubert Hurkacz. Korda has beaten Khachanov in two of three matches, and the pair played on a hard court.

Korda was a junior champion and wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father, Petr, who lifted the senior trophy.

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Jiri Lehecka

Betting Odds:

Tsitsipas -600

Lehecka +450

The Greek, 24 years old and world No. 4, is the favorite from the top of the draw to reach the final along with Novak Djokovic, the opponent to beat. Tsitsipas is looking for his fourth semifinal in Melbourne. He has the 2021 Roland Garros final as his best Grand Slam result.

Andrey Rublev vs. Novak Djokovic

Betting Odds:

Rublev +600

Djokovic -450

Rublev, at 25, world No. 6, signed his second quarterfinal in Australia, seventh in Grand Slam. He has never beaten them. In addition, the Russian declared, “I would have preferred to go to the other side of the draw. Nobody wants to face Novak Djokovic”.

Djokovic is a legend eager to show more credentials against his historical opponents, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer.

Ben Shelton vs. Tommy Paul

Betting Odds:

Shelton +170

Paul -225

The United States is assured of a place in the semifinals. It will go to either 20-year-old left-handed rookie Ben Shelton, ranked No. 89, or the more experienced Tommy Paul, 25, ranked No. 35. Even more surprising is the presence of NCAA college champion Shelton, who has only half a year as a pro.

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