Medvedev Begins Bid For Australian Open As Raducanu Makes Debut
Melbourne, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jan, 2022 ) :The top men's seed remaining in the Australian Open, Russia's Daniil Medvedev, begins his campaign for a second Grand Slam title on an action-packed Tuesday at Melbourne Park.
Fellow US Open champion Emma Raducanu will make her Australian Open debut, while Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Aryna Sabalenka, Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas all feature on a blockbuster second day.
The sensational deportation of number one seed Novak Djokovic from the first Grand Slam of the year has left Medvedev as the highest-ranked player in the draw.
So rapid has been the rise of the 19-year-old Raducanu, who made history at the US Open as the first qualifier to win a Slam, that a year ago she was catching the Australian Open on television while studying for school exams.
"I just feel very grateful to have this opportunity to play here. I'm really looking forward to seeing it." Medvedev, who conquered Djokovic in the US Open final in September to win his maiden major, fired out a warning at the weekend that he fears no one.
"I'm feeling ready physically and mentally," he said.
"That's the most important thing. That's when I can play good and beat anybody." Greece's Tsitsipas has been recovering from elbow surgery and gets a first chance to test his fitness over the rigours of five sets in the late match on Rod Laver against Mikael Ymer of Sweden.
"Feeling good with my arm," the world number four said at the weekend. "Have recovered very close to 100 percent." Women's second seed Sabalenka endured a torrid build-up to the tournament, falling at the first hurdle in tears in both her warm-up events as her serve disastrously deserted her.
Former world number one Halep has endured a tough couple of years through injury but the two-time Grand Slam champion won her first WTA title in 16 months at an Australian Open warm-up and starts against Magdalena Frech of Poland on Margaret Court Arena.
Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray returns on a wildcard for the first time since an emotional 2019 "farewell" appearance after undergoing career-saving hip surgery.