Alexander Zverev, beaten by Denis Shapovalov in three sets in the 4th round of the Australian Open 2022, once again misses the chance to move forward in the portion of the board left vacant by the world number one. Rafael Nadal's problems against Adrian Mannarino last a set.
After a thirty-point tie break (and in which he is saved even on four occasions) the Spanish champion spreads between the second and third without making any particular changes to the script. The French tennis player, evidently tried by the marathon with Aslan Karatsev in the third round, moves the score only on three occasions.
Nadal then reaches the quarter-finals on the blue Melbourne Park for the fourteenth time in his career (better only Roger Federer) and makes forty-five in the Slams. Ashleigh Barty won in straight sets against Amanda Anisimova.
Wins also for Barbora Krejcikova, Jessica Pegula and Madis Keys. A few days later, Craig Tiley returned to comment on Novak Djokovic's issue, focusing on the Serbian's chances of returning to Australia next year: "There may be a lot of chatter, but we are focused on continuing to put on a great event.
for a long time to come. Novak will not sue Tennis Australia and will be able to play the tournament again in 2023 if he wants to." If initially the rumors considered the presence of Djokovic at Roland Garros practically impossible; now, analyzing in detail the rules relating to the new French vaccination passport, it seems that the Belgrade will be able to participate regularly in the second Grand Slam of the year.
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The vaccination pass will in fact also be valid for all those subjects recovered from COVID-19 for no more than six months. Considering the official documents made public by the Federal Court, Djokovic contracted COVID-19 on December 16 and will be free to circulate in France at least until mid-June.
The Roland Garros, this year, will be played from 22 May to 5 June; therefore, at least theoretically, there should be no problems for the 20-time Grand Slam champion. Following the story of Sport Klub, Andrey Rublev, through a press release, explained his version relating to the infection of the virus: "I discovered the first positivity a few days before the official statement on social networks, which I did because I respect the public and fans.
I think they must have known why I wasn't in the ATP Cup. I immediately isolated myself. The rules in Spain are very simple, the quarantine is ten days. All the while I have not left the house. I started training a few days before my flight to Australia.
The team and I flew to Melbourne, observing all protocols. The quarantine was over, the vaccinations were done. We immediately ran the antigen test. The result was negative. So I was able to move freely. Among other things, before Australia, towards the end of the quarantine, all my antigen tests were also antigenic. Before the flight to Melbourne, the tests were all negative. "