- American Taylor Fritz stunned reigning finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas to start the Australian Open’s fourth round.
- The 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva lost to ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round.
- Lleyon Hewitt was present at the Australian Open junior tournament to watch his son Cruz compete.
American Taylor Fritz stunned reigning finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas to start the Australian Open’s fourth round. In a swift run of victories, US Open winner Coco Gauff advanced to the quarterfinals, and at Rod Laver Arena, Novak Djokovic repeated his achievement.
The 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva lost to ninth seed Barbora Krejcikova in the fourth round of the Australian Open, so missing out on a 27-year-old record. Her goal was to become the youngest female quarterfinalist at the Australian Open since 1997 when Martina Hingis did it.
Australian Open 2024
No. 12 seed Taylor Fritz defeated defending Australian Open champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round of the competition. Fritz faces Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals after his maiden victory over a top-10 player at a grand slam. Tsitsipas has a long history of success at Melbourne Park; in the last five years, he has made four appearances in the semi-finals, including a run to the final in 2023.
When Novak Djokovic returned to the day session after a 15-match stretch of playing in primetime on Rod Laver Arena, he easily defeated Adrian Mannarino. In the opening two sets, he easily defeated his opponent 6-0 6-0, his first slam victory since 2011. But there was drama in the match as the ten-time champion appeared exhausted and irritated the entire time.
Although Djokovic broke early in the second set and won the first 6-0, she seemed very uncomfortable following long rallies. He received a standing ovation upon arrival and occasionally mistreated the fans during the game. Taylor Fritz will be his opponent in the quarterfinals.
The former No. 1 player in the world of tennis, Lleyon Hewitt, was present at the Australian Open junior tournament to watch his son Cruz compete. Cruz, a 15-year-old with blonde hair and a backward cap, looked promising in his opening match against American left-hander Alexander Razeghi, who is ranked 1237 on the ATP Tour.
Though Hewitt played a strong first game, Razeghi triumphed 6-2, 6-3 in less than ninety minutes. Only Dayana Yastremska, Linda Noskova, Elina Svitolina, and Victoria Azarenka remain in the top half of the draw.