Aussie Open: History in the making as men’s semifinalists vie for glory - BusinessWorld Online

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An Australian Open that began with an unprecedented saga involving reigning champion Novak Djokovic will finish with a historic flourish on Sunday with all four men’s semifinalists having the chance to write their names into the record books. READ:

An Australian Open that began with an unprecedented saga involving reigning champion Novak Djokovic will finish with a historic flourish on Sunday with all four men’s semifinalists having the chance to write their names into the record books. READ:

MELBOURNE — An Australian Open that began with an unprecedented saga involving reigning champion Novak Djokovic will finish with a historic flourish on Sunday with all four men’s semifinalists having the chance to write their names into the record books.

Should 2009 champion Rafael “Rafa” Nadal win the Australian Open for a second time the Spaniard will become the first man to claim 21 Grand Slam titles, nosing ahead of great rivals Djokovic and Roger Federer.0 MELBOURNE, Australia—Iga Swiatek took three hours in the afternoon heat to beat 36-year-old Kaia Kanepi, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3, on Wednesday, with the payoff being a spot in the Australian Open semifinals against Danielle Collins.BUKIDNON, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH), the University of the Philippines in Mindanao, and the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) are set on opening a genome-sequencing laboratory in Davao City this February to speed up work on the detection of COVID-19 variants in Mindanao.Malacañang said that the government’s pandemic task force is “open” to having another round of discussions in an attempt to bring down again the prices of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests.

The 35-year-old has said he is more motivated by the love of playing than finishing ahead of Djokovic and Federer.“I don’t believe that my happiness, my future happiness, is (going to) depend on if I achieve one more Grand Slam than the others or if the others achieve more Grand Slams than me,” he said after his quarterfinal win on Tuesday.“First set I think my mistake was I had so many break points, I felt like I missed my chances.Matteo Berrettini, who will play Nadal in the first semifinal on Friday, is seeking to become the first Italian to win the Australian Open.Dr.“I like to think that I’m writing a little bit (of) Italian tennis history.I had to finish my forehands.We are a great country for tennis,” he said.Whether or not there will be a third-round, it’s really something that we are open to,” he told “The Source” on Wednesday, January 26.

Daniil Medvedev can become the first man in the Open era to win a second major immediately after claiming his first following his 2021 US Open success.Collins won the opening match on Rod Laver Arena before the heat peaked, swinging it in her favor with a key service break in the final game of the opening set on her way to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Alize Cornet.“The UP-PGC has been overwhelmed with samples for whole-genome sequencing, resulting in late results.“If it’s true, then it will be history.It’s perfect,” the Russian said.115-ranked Kanepi made her Grand Slam debut in 2006 but was playing in the quarterfinals in Australia for the first time, completing a career set after making it to the last eight twice at each of the sport’s three other major tournaments.Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will face Medvedev in Friday’s other last-four clash, would become the first Greek to win a Grand Slam should he lift the trophy.“We are now waiting for the additional equipment to test this genome laboratory in Mindanao.“I’m headed towards the right direction and things look good for me so far,” Tsitsipas, the youngest of the four semifinalists at 23, said.2-ranked Aryna Sabalenka and took the game to Swiatek, who saved nine set points before losing the first set..

“And, well, with the right mindset and with the right attitude and with the right development throughout the tournament, my chances are pretty good.” DJOKOVIC DRAMA The drama surrounding Djokovic’s deportation from Australia on the eve of the tournament has not been forgotten.There was another exchange of breaks early in the third set and Swiatek was broken again when she was serving for the match in the eighth game.Davao City has seen a dramatic increase in the number of COVID-19 cases which Mayor Sara Duterte has described as the “4th surge” in the city.When Medvedev mentioned he had channeled the warrior spirit of Djokovic after overturning a two-set deficit against Felix Auger-Aliassime, he was booed by some fans.Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has also been jeered whenever he appeared on court during the tournament.After the first three quarterfinals were decided in straight sets—Ash Barty beat Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys beat Barbora Krejcikova on Tuesday—the last one went all the way.But the quality of the last four men standing is superb, with each either having lifted a Grand Slam title or made it to the final since Nadal’s 2020 French Open win.

The Spaniard and Berrettini have met only once, with Nadal proving too strong in a semifinal of the US Open in 2019 during his run to the title.# Tired.Berrettini said the sixth seed had been an inspiration to him for more than a decade but is confident he can be beaten.“I know I can do it.Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, will play reigning Wimbledon and 2019 French Open winner Barty.It’s going (to) be a really tough one,” the 2021 Wimbledon finalist said.Tsitsipas, a runner-up at Roland Garros last year, and Medvedev have had their differences but became closer as teammates for Europe at the Laver Cup last September.Collins lost to Petra Kvitova in the semifinals here in 2019, which remains her best run to date at a major.

The Russian defeated Tsitsipas in straight-sets in last year’s Melbourne Park semifinals.— Reuters.Collins underwent surgery last year to treat endometriosis, a condition which had caused her severe pain during tournaments in 2021.

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