sunny.png
Friday June 18th, 2021 1:27PM

The Latest: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local):

11:50 p.m.

Rafael Nadal shrugged off some heckling from a spectator before beating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-4 when a woman yelled out and made hand gestures as he prepared to serve. She yelled again at 30-0 and stadium security escorted her out of Rod Laver Arena. The rest of the crowd started booing and Nadal laughed.

He went back to work after the brief delay and hit two aces to finish off the set.

The 20-time major champion completed the match against the 177th-ranked Mmoh in 1 hour, 47 minutes and said it was a “positive evening for me.”

Except for one thing. He was asked if he knew the woman who caused the delay. He responded by saying no and added "honestly I don’t want to know.”

More than 21,000 fans attended Melbourne Park on Day 4. The Australian Open is the first major in a year to allow sizeable crowds with the government allowing up to 50% capacity. No fans were allowed at the U.S. Open because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the number of spectators at the French Open was extremely limited.

___

11:20 p.m.

Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso clearly still hadn’t had enough of their all-Italian second-round duel at the Australian Open even after four hours and five sets.

A heated exchange started at the net after the 16th-seeded Fognini rallied from 5-1 down in the tiebreaker to win the first match between two Italian men at the Australian Open in the professional era. Fognini won 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (12).

The initial exchanged seemed to cool down as the players went back to their courtside chairs but restarted twice. A tournament official eventually intervened to break them up.

Fognini wasn’t in any mood to apologize at his post-match news conference. He said he wouldn’t discuss the exchange and that he and Caruso are good friends and will speak soon.

The 33-year-old Fognini and the 28-year-old Caruso have never played against each other at tour level but were practicing together last month.

Fognini says it's tough “when you play against a guy from the same country."

___

9:30 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.

Svitolina has reached the quarterfinals in Australia twice and showed her experience as she took on Gauff for the first time. She made the most of her only break-point chance in the second set to take a 5-3 lead and then served it out.

Svitolina will play No. 26-seeded Yulia Putintseva in the third round.

Gauff was the youngest player in the women’s draw. She was unable to repeat her performances from her breakout major in Melbourne last year. She reached the round of 16 at the 2020 Australian Open with wins over Venus Williams and Naomi Osaka before losing to eventual champion Sofia Kenin.

___

7:30 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas has been pushed all the way in a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-4 win over No. 267-ranked Australian wild-card entry Thanasi Kokkinakis in a second-round match that delayed the night program on Rod Laver Arena.

Tsitsipas has a big following within Melbourne’s large Greek community but he he was playing an Aussie for the first time at the Australian Open and had to contend with having a share support in the crowd.

Tsitsipas will next play Mikael Ymer, who beat 17-year-old Spanish qualifier Carlos Alcaraz in the second round.

Kokkinakis didn't play at all in 2020 because of illness and injuries and this is his first major tournament since the 2019 U.S. Open. His first-round win over over Kwon soon-woo was his first in the Australian Open main draw since 2015.

___

6:10 p.m.

Mackenzie McDonald, who won NCAA tennis titles at UCLA, eliminated No. 22-seeded Borna Coric 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to reach the Australian Open’s third round for the first time.

McDonald is ranked 192nd after missing more than six months because of hamstring surgery and is the lowest-ranked player Coric has lost to in a tour-level match.

McDonald, a 25-year-old American, now will try to equal his best Grand Slam result by getting to the fourth round, which he did at Wimbledon three years ago.

He won college championships in singles and doubles in 2016.

Coric was a quarterfinalist at last year’s U.S. Open. He had a trainer massage his right shoulder and upper back after the second set.

___

3:30 p.m.

Defending champion Sofia Kenin is out of the Australian Open in the second round after a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kaia Kanepi.

After her first-round win, Kenin talked about how nervous she was as the defending champion at a major for the first time.

Against Kanepi, she looked it. She was near tears during a changeover toward the end of the match.

The 65th-ranked Kanepi was hardly an underdog: she had beaten Kenin in their only previous match and is a six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist. The Australian Open is the only Slam where Kanepi has not reached the quarterfinals.

The fourth-seeded Kenin only had 10 winners in the match, while committing 22 unforced errors.

___

2:30 p.m.

Top-seeded Ash Barty dropped a few more points in her second-round match at the Australian Open than her first — but the result was still the same.

Barty followed up her 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of Danka Kovinic in the first round with a much tighter 6-1, 7-6 (7) win over fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova.

After dropping just 10 points against Kovinic, Barty was far less consistent against Gavrilova, racking up 34 unforced errors.

Barty’s serve was a particular problem: she was broken four times, including when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set.

“When you play another Aussie, the rankings go out the window, experience goes out the window,” she said. “It’s always going to be a tricky match no matter what.”

The 2019 French Open champion had her upper left thigh heavily taped during the match, though she played it down after the match with a laugh. “This isn’t very subtle, is it? I can’t really hide it,” Barty said, adding it was not a big issue. “I’m fit as a fiddle, I’m ready to go.”

___

12:45 p.m.

Former No. 1 Karolina Pliskova advances to the third round at the Australian Open by beating American Danielle Collins, a semifinalist at Melbourne Park in 2019, 7-5, 6-2.

Pliskova, seeded sixth, lost serve twice in a seesaw first set but pulled it out and then pulled away. She finished with seven aces.

Pliskova has won 65 matches in Grand Slams but is still seeking her first major title. She was runner-up to Angelique Kerber at the 2016 U.S. Open.

___

12:25 p.m.

American Shelby Rogers advances to the third round at the Australian Open for the first time by beating qualifier Olga Danilovic 6-2, 6-3.

Rogers hit seven aces and lost only three points on her first serve.

She came into the tournament with a career record of 1-4 in Melbourne, but at age 28 her fortunes have been on the rise. She reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open for the first time last September, and her year-end ranking was a career-best No. 58.

___

11:00 a.m.

Day 4 at Melbourne Park features the No. 1 women’s player in the world and the 2020 singles champion in temperatures which are expected to be the hottest of the first week.

Top-ranked Ash Barty plays fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova and fourth-seeded Sofia Kenin plays Kaia Kanepi in afternoon matches as the second round of singles play concludes. Kenin won her first Grand Slam singles title last year with a three-set victory over Garbiñe Muguruza at Melbourne Park.

The weather forecast is for mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 33 degrees Celsius, or 91 degrees Fahrenheit.

American 16-year-old Coco Gauff takes on fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina, a two-time Australian Open quarterfinalist, in the opening night match at Rod Laver Arena.

Another American, Michael Mmoh, will have an even tougher task, playing No. 2 Rafael Nadal. The Spanish lefthander is looking to win a men's-record 21st Grand Slam singles title.

___

More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Tennis, AP Business, AP Business - Financial Markets, AP Sports - Men's Tennis, AP Sports - Women's Tennis
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Alabama would be 1st state to execute an inmate this year
Alabama would be the first state to carry out an execution this year if it wins another appeal
8:30AM ( 9 minutes ago )
In Athens, Turkey foes plan regional alliance
Foreign ministers and senior officials from several Persian Gulf countries are meeting in Athens, as Greece seeks to expand alliances to counter tension with regional rival Turkey
8:12AM ( 27 minutes ago )
The Latest: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne
Rafael Nadal shrugged off some heckling from a spectator and beat American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open
8:09AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
The Latest: Fognini unapologetic after spat with Caruso
Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso clearly still hadn’t had enough of their all-Italian second-round duel at the Australian Open even after four hours and five sets
7:33AM ( 1 hour ago )
Feeling pressure: 2020 champ Kenin loses at Australian Open
Sofia Kenin’s bid to repeat as champion at the Australian Open ended when she lost in the second round to big-serving Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-2
6:13AM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Svitolina beats Gauff in 2nd round in Australia
Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open
5:45AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
Defending champ Kenin loses in 2nd round at Australian Open
American Sofia Kenin’s bid to repeat as champion at the Australian Open ended when she lost in the second round to big-serving Kaia Kanepi 6-3, 6-2
11:40PM ( 8 hours ago )
The Latest: Defending champion Kenin loses in 2nd round
Defending champion Sofia Kenin is out of the Australian Open in the second round after a 6-3, 6-2 loss to Kaia Kanepi
11:33PM ( 9 hours ago )
No 1 Barty wobbles before reaching 3rd round in Australia
No. 1-ranked Ashleigh Barty carries the hopes of her homeland at the Australian Open, which may be why she stumbled before closing out a second-round win
11:12PM ( 9 hours ago )
AP Online Tennis
'Overwhelm the problem': Inside Biden’s war on COVID-19
President Joe Biden’s team is styling itself on war footing as it attacks the coronavirus pandemic
7:23AM ( 1 hour ago )
The Latest: WHO launches vaccine help for 6 ex-Soviet states
The World Health Organization’s chief for Europe says it’s launching with the European Union a 40-million euro ($48.5 million) program to help deploy COVID-19 vaccines in six former Soviet republics
6:45AM ( 1 hour ago )
Belarusian leader vows to defeat foreign-backed 'rebellion'
Belarus’ authoritarian leader has denounced six months of protests against his rule as a foreign-directed “rebellion” and vowed to resist the pressure
6:18AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
Biden in call with China's Xi raises human rights, trade
Joe Biden has held his first call as president with Xi Jinping, pressing the Chinese leader about trade and Beijing’s crackdown on democracy activists in Hong Kong
12:21AM ( 8 hours ago )
Surging virus in French African outpost reveals inequalities
It’s the poorest corner of the European Union and was the last to receive any coronavirus vaccines
10:46AM ( 21 hours ago )
Stocks open higher on Wall Street, led by gains in tech
Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as investors get back to buying a day after the S&P 500 ended a six-day winning streak
9:48AM ( 22 hours ago )
AP Business - Financial Markets
Nadal, Barty advance in straight sets at Australia Open
Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a back problem that hampered his preparation for the Australian Open
5:20AM ( 2 days ago )
No holding back; Nadal through in straight sets in Australia
Rafael Nadal showed no signs of a back problem that hampered his preparation for the Australian Open as he won his first-round match against Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1
4:16AM ( 2 days ago )
Djokovic: "makes my heart full" to see Aussie Open crowd
Novak Djokovic got to charm a crowd after opening his Australian Open title defense with a straight-set win over French veteran Jeremy Chardy
9:49AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - Men's Tennis
Win is a win: '20 Australian champ Kenin gets by; Coco rolls
Sofia Kenin struggled in her first match as a defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament
11:54PM ( 2 days ago )
A win is a win: '20 Australian champ Kenin gets by in 2 sets
Sofia Kenin struggled in her first match as a defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament
9:41PM ( 2 days ago )
Serena Williams wins easily on 1st day of Australian Open
Serena Williams had a wobbly start at the Australian Open — for one game
3:38AM ( 3 days ago )
AP Sports - Women's Tennis
Alabama would be 1st state to execute an inmate this year
Alabama would be the first state to carry out an execution this year if it wins another appeal
8:30AM ( 9 minutes ago )
In Athens, Turkey foes plan regional alliance
Foreign ministers and senior officials from several Persian Gulf countries are meeting in Athens, as Greece seeks to expand alliances to counter tension with regional rival Turkey
8:12AM ( 27 minutes ago )
Bale's homecoming at Tottenham proving a major letdown
Gareth Bale's second spell at Tottenham just cannot get going and a widely trumpeted homecoming has been a major letdown
8:03AM ( 36 minutes ago )
Shell says its oil output peaked, speeds up emission cuts
Royal Dutch Shell says it plans to eliminate seven refineries and reduce production of gasoline and diesel fuel by 55% over the next decade as it unveils new plans for reaching its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050
7:59AM ( 41 minutes ago )
Ethnic minorities protest Myanmar coup, as opposition grows
Members of Myanmar’s ethnic minorities marched through streets in traditional dress and floated on wooden long boats in a scenic lake to protest last week’s coup
7:54AM ( 45 minutes ago )