At Margaret Court Arena, Naomi Osaka leads Amanda Anisimova 3-2 in the first set, a break.
Meanwhile, Albot and Zverev are 4-4 in the third, with the German third seed two sets to go, 6-3, 6-4.
Berrettini speaks and first he is asked about his opponent, Carlos Alcaraz: “It’s unbelievable… it’s impressive and it will only get better playing matches like this, it showed everyone its potential. Luckily I won but congratulations to him.
“I was feeling confident, and in the third, there were a couple of games where I was in love-30 and I felt the momentum on my side, but I snapped, and that’s tennis… I feel like in every match something has to happen. . occur [injury wise – he had an ankle problem] but this is my body.”
Berrettini defeats Alcaraz in five sets! 2-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5-10)
An impressive effort from 18-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz to come back from two sets down. But Berrettini eventually had too much in the first-to-10 tiebreaker. Alcaraz crushes that forehand of his with amazing power and accuracy, and he’s got a very exciting race ahead of him.
Alcaraz – Berrettini: 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-6, 5-8 tiebreaker
Berettini makes it 7-5. Alcaraz, impressive under pressure again, hits a decent backhand drop drop and although Berrettini gets there, he can’t get it back…Berrettini is 8-5 but it’s a tiebreaker first to 10, so he still has work to do.
the osaka party against the unseeded Anisimova has begun, with the 2019 and 2021 champion breaking immediately, Anisimova starting nervously and committing two double faults.
Tie-breaker! Alcararaz – Berrettini: 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-6, 3-3 tiebreaker
The match progresses into a fifth hour with Alcaraz taking a mini-break in the first point after an exciting rally. Berrettini wins that outright on the next point before moving 3-2 up after another play of incredible intensity and power with both players striking sweetly… Alcaraz then finishes with a power-packed forehand that Berrettini can’t recover. . 3-3
Tie-breaker! Alcararaz v Berrettini: 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-6 (* indicates the next server)
Berettini takes it to 30-30. Alcaraz mixes it up in the next rally with a drop shot. Berrettini shows impressive mobility to chase that down, then run down the resulting lob… Alcaraz has a volley down the right side that should be stopped, but he puts it long! Match point for Berrettini! But, impressively, Alcaraz holds his own on match point, Berrettini producing the error by finding the net from the baseline, with Alcaraz hitting a better volley to get Alcaraz the lead and game point. The next play is a work of art from Alcaraz as he works with Berrettini around the court with some groundstrokes… and we have a playoff to decide!
Alcararaz* v Berrettini: 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 5-6 (*indicates the next server)
The Italian lands some massive serves and easily holds on to move, again, into a winning game. He then smokes a wonderful line-kissing crossover forehand for 0-15 in this potentially decisive service game from Alcaraz.
Alcararaz v Berrettini* – 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 5-5 (* indicates next server)
Alcaraz, who is the 31st seed and is only 18 years old, holds it 5-5 blank in the fifth and shakes his fist in celebration, looking at his team in the stands. He fought back in this from two sets down!
Hi all. What is happening today at the Australian Open? Quite a lot, as it turns out. Right now, Carlos Alcaraz and Matteo Berrettini are facing off in a fifth set, with Berrettini (seeded 7th) having just served to take a 5-4 lead in the final set. Plenty more to come, too, with Alexander Zverev currently down two sets over Radu Albot, and Naomi Osaka due to face unseeded Amanda Anisimova any day now.
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