Australian Open: Gauff and Sabalenka got the quarters, annihilating their opponents

The American and the Belarusian dominated their respective 4th round matches, qualifying among the last 8 of the Malebourne Major

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Australian Open: Gauff and Sabalenka got the quarters, annihilating their opponents
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The two highest-seeded players remaining in the Australian Open 2024 women's singles are the WTA No.2 Aryna Sabalenka and the WTA No.4 Coco Gauff. Both qualified for the quarter-finals of the first Slam of the season, with convincing performances.

Gauff, who beat the Polish Magdalena Frech with a score of 6-1 6-2 in an hour and 3 minutes of play without allowing even a break point, dominated the match from every point of view, annihilating her opponent. Frech was never able to keep up with the rhythm of the baseline exchange imposed by the reigning US Open champion.

Aryna Sabalenka also had a very easy time, beating Amanda Anisimova 6-3 6-2. The match started outdoors then the roof was closed due to rain. The outcome of the match against the Belarusian, who finished in one hour and ten minutes, was never in question.

Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk finally beat Maria Timofeeva 6-2 6-1 and is Gauff's next opponent in the quarterfinals.

Aryna Sabalenka
Aryna Sabalenka© Phil Walter / Staff Getty Images Sport
 

In the men's singels, Djokovic gets the quarters

Djokovic qualified for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-0 6-0 6-3. The Frenchman was helpless in the face of the Serb's superiority.

The match was played indoors due to the rain that fell shortly before the start of the match. Djokovic had a single moment of difficulty, if you can call it that, in the first game of the match, when he went down 15-40 on his serve.

Once these two break points were cancelled, there was no more history. Nole won 13 consecutive games at the start, taking the first set in 33 minutes and not giving Mannarino any chance on the dribble. The Serbian was practically perfect also in the second set (another 6-0) with the Frenchman resigned due to the almost impossibility of finding a way to score a point.

In the third set Mannarino managed to get the first game of his match in the second game. But already in the fourth there was a break again with the Serbian who went up 3-1 and closed shortly after 6-3.

Certainly the tiredness accumulated after the 3 matches in 5 sets won against Wawrinka, Munar and Shelton made itself felt for Mannarino, but Djokovic could be seen making strong progress compared to the version of the first rounds.

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