Australian Open 2023: Korda knocks out Medvedev as Zhu stuns Sakkari – as it happened | Australian Open 2023

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That’s a wrap for today. We go again tomorrow. Bye!

Tumaini Carayol

In the minutes after his dramatic five-set victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis at 4am on Friday morning, Andy Murray should have been reflecting on his toughness and celebrating one of the most extraordinary triumphs of his career. Instead, as he was reminded of the time, he was merely frustrated. “Rather than it being: ‘Epic Murray-Kokkinakis match,’ it ends in a bit of a farce,” he said, noting the negative impact on players, officials, ball-kids and fans alike.

Swiatek v Rybakina, Ostapenko v Gauff, Pegula v Krejcikova and Azarenka v Zhu are the locked in fourth-round ties in the women’s draw.

Krejcikova, who I’ve not seen play at this tournament up to this point, hasn’t dropped a set. She faced Sara Bejlek (ranked 175) and Clara Burel (ranked 130) in the first and second rounds respectively, and brushed aside Anhelina Kalinina (ranked 39) with similar ease in the third round.

Updated at 10.12 EST

Nishioka v Khachanov, Hurkacz v Korda, Tsitsipas v Sinner and Lehecka v Auger-Aliassime are the last-16 ties that are confirmed for the men’s singles.

The potential bolter from that lot would have to be Korda, given today’s display. I can’t see Hurkacz being able to deal with him on that sort of form.

Updated at 10.02 EST

Today’s news stories from Melbourne:

It’s coming up to 2am in Melbourne, so a nice early finish …

Medvedev was shown on Eurosport a little earlier, reflecting on that defeat by Korda: “Matches like this are tough. What I can say is that he played his good level, maybe a little bit better than his good level … and I played not at all bad, but just a little bit below what I had to do to win … and that’s tough, because probably that’s something about confidence, being in the zone, and I was not there tonight.

“All the close points, I didn’t win that many, these beautiful rallies, he was winning more of them, touching the lines a little bit more.

“So yeah, in a way, I think it was a top match when he was just better than me … right now I’m struggling to win these types of matches against opponents who are playing a good level. That’s what I have to find back.”

Daniil Medvedev. Photograph: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 09.54 EST

Zhu speaks: “Oh my God … Honestly, am I in a dream?

“Words can’t describe how I feel right now. Thank you to my team, for pushing me every day to become a better player … I wouldn’t be here without you guys.

“I want to thank you [the fans] all for coming to support, it really means a lot to me.

“Can I say a few words in Chinese? It’s Chinese New Year’s Eve today …”

She can indeed, and does … and then:

“I have the ability to play at this high level. I just need to work hard every day … and who knows what’s going to happen?

“Thank you so much, guys!”

And off she goes. Tremendous win.

Tears for Zhu. What a performance, what a win.

Zhu beats Sakkari! 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-4

Zhu makes it 15-15 with an accomplished volley that wrong-foots Sakkari.

Sakkari, next up, nets a big chance on Zhu’s second serve … 30-15.

Zhu bashes another forehand winner down the line! 40-15!

And she does it with an ace! After beating the No 32 seed, Jil Teichmann, in the second round Zhu has dispensed with another seed!

Lin Zhu celebrates taking down another seed. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Updated at 09.50 EST

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 5-4 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Zhu buys a break point, her advantage. She miscues a forehand into the net and it’s back level.

A long rally next up ends with Sakkari hitting long. (It looked in, but maybe my eyes have gone square.)

It’s a break point for Zhu … and she wins it with another absolutely staggering bit of defence, charging all over the court, and then smoking a forehand down the line! BANG!

Zhu is a game away, and will serve for the match, and a fourth-round meeting against Victoria Azarenka. That was an incredible effort to convert that break point.

Updated at 09.39 EST

Victoria Azarenka awaits the winner of this match in the fourth round.

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 4-4 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Zhu holds, pumping her fist and roaring, looking to her team and fans in the crowd for some encouragement. This is a finely balanced affair and a couple of errors, or perhaps moments of brilliance, are likely to settle it.

I just told myself to be No 2 in the world and win this match.”

So said Ons Jabeur after beating Tamara Zidansek the other day.

Sakkari could do with a dose of the same positive thinking.

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-4 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

A love hold puts Sakkari into the lead for the first time. It’s a handy time to hit the front …

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-3 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Sakkari earns a break point at 30-40, and converts! So we’re back on serve in the decider. Sakkari seemed to be drifting away for a while there, but she’s back at it now.

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-2 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Zhu draws an error to earn another break point, but Sakkari batters a powerful backhand to the corner for deuce again.

Sakkari edges to a game point, yet again, but promptly serves up her sixth double-fault of the match.

Neither player can really impose themselves on the other, it seems, it’s a back-and-forth battle with no real rhythm to it at the moment. Anyway, Sakkari finally holds.

Lin Zhu powers a backhand at Maria Sakkari. Photograph: Robert Prange/Getty Images

Updated at 09.47 EST

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-1 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Whoah! Some exceptional defence from Zhu eventually brings an errant volley into the net from Sakkari … that’s a point that Zhu had no right to win, really, and it makes it 30-30.

Soon it’s a break point when Sakkari double-faults but Zhu can only direct her next return into the net. Deuce.

A composed winner by Sakkari nabs game point, but she hits a forehand wide, and we’re back to deuce again …

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 3-1 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

An ace seals the latest game for Zhu, and takes her one step closer to the fourth round.

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 2-1 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Sakkari wins the first point with a daring angled forehand winner. Zhu miscues for 30-0. Sakkari is on the verge of a love hold at 40-0 but Zhu makes an excellent, stretching volley to make it 40-15. A double fault, and suddenly the pressure is back on Sakkari a little … then she errs with a drop-volley and Zhu has fought back to deuce in determined fashion.

When Sakkari smacks another ambitious forehand to the corner, it bounces out, and it’s a very unlikely break point for Zhu!

Sakkari saves it in slightly fortunate fashion, not catching a forehand sweetly, that flicks off the net but bounces in.

An ace for Sakkari brings game point, and she buries a forehand down the line to get on the board in the decider.

Updated at 09.07 EST

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 2-0 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Trouble brewing for the sixth seed.

Updated at 09.07 EST

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-6, 1-0 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Zhu breaks to begin the third! Sakkari looked in control, but no longer.

Zhu plays a forehand. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Updated at 09.28 EST

I got 8/10 in the quiz. And I was eight out of eight! Damn it.

Andy Murray, we are told, has been out hitting a few practice balls today. Personally I am still exhausted after live-blogging his win against Kokkinakis, so who knows how Murray must be feeling?

Sakkari wins the second set against Zhu! 7-6 (3), 1-6

The momentum is all with the sixth seed, as you’d only expect against the world No 87.

It’s coming up to 1am in Melbourne … what time will these fans (not to mention players) be getting to bed?

Sakkari plays a forehand. Photograph: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

Updated at 09.03 EST

*Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-5 Sakkari (*denotes next server)

Sakkari continues to move through the gears.

QUIZ!

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-4 *Sakkari (*denotes next server)

A double break for Sakkari in the second set now – she is exerting her authority after losing the first.

Updated at 08.41 EST

Now, over in in Zhu v Sakkari, on Margaret Court Arena, it’s 3-1 to the Greek in the second.

Korda made Medvedev look ordinary, and there are not many that can say that …

Korda speaks: “Unbelievable match. I kind of knew what I had to do. I stuck with it … I’m thrilled right now, I played amazing, and it was an unbelievable match for me.”

What was his game plan? “Just go for it …

“I love playing in Australia, my family loves playing in Australia, we’ve got a lot of awesome moments here.”

Korda is reminded that his father won the Australian Open in 1998.

“Yeah, even better though, my sisters [Nelly and Jessica] won the Australian Open in the women’s golf … both of them.

“I don’t know where I’m going to be ranked [after this result] but my mom’s career [Regina] high was 24, my dad was No 2, Nelly my sister was No 1, my other sister Jessica was No 6 … so I’m definitely the worst athlete in the family so far.”

Updated at 08.33 EST

Zhu 7-6 (3), 1-2 *Sakkari (* denotes next server)

Another upset on the cards in the women’s singles? Zhu has the first set against Sakkari, the sixth seed.

Korda beats Medvedev! 7-6 (9), 6-3, 7-6 (4)

What a performance by the 22-year-old!

Korda smacks yet another forehand winner that bounces comfortably in, and that’s a sensational win. Medvedev is full of praise, coming around the net to congratulate his conqueror.

Korda beats Medvedev. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesKorda is congratulated by Medvedev. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

Updated at 08.30 EST

Third-set tiebreak! Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-6 (6-3) Medvedev

It looks like he’s done it … but another lusty blow falls fractionally long! But now, match point on Korda’s serve.

Third-set tiebreak! Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-6 (6-1) Medvedev

Bish, bosh, bash. Medvedev fights. But he is overpowered. A clean winner down the line by Korda. Five match points …

Updated at 08.16 EST

Third-set tiebreak! Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-6 (5-1) Medvedev

Korda races to 4-0. Medvedev looks … contemplative, but not in a good way. Looks like he knows this young bloke has the measure of him. He edges on to the board at 4-1.

Another punishing forehand from Korda kisses the line and Medvedev can only bat it back into the net.

“Again Korda is the one being proactive,” says Henman on commentary.

Third-set tiebreak! Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-6 Medvedev

A listless drop shot by Korda flops into the net and makes it 15-15.

Korda then hammers a backhand down the line that looks a mile out, but there is no call from the umpire, and another tasty drop shot by the American makes it 30-15.

Soon it’s 40-15, but an immense return from way outside the tramlines by Medvedev scorches into the corner.

And yet, and yet … Korda seals the game with a polished point, clipping an angled volley away from his opponent. Tiebreak!

Updated at 08.11 EST

*Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 5-6 Medvedev (*denotes next server)

An awesome drop shot by Korda has Medvedev scrambling, and makes it 30-30.

He tries again on the next point, but leaves this one short, and the Russian has a game point.

Korda saves it for deuce after Medvedev hits long, but then the world No 8 seals the hold, and Korda will serve to try and force a tiebreak.

Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 5-5 *Medvedev (*denotes next server)

Korda speeds to hold his latest service game and level it up in the third.

Thanks David. Hello again everyone.

And with Medvedev hinting at a big turnaround, I’ll hand you back to Luke McLaughlin.

*Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 4-5 Medvedev (*denotes next server)

Medvedev slams down an ace for another hold to love and that’s eight points in a row! Is the tide turning?

Suddenly, Korda has to hold to stay in the set.

Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 4-4 Medvedev* (*denotes next server)

Medvedev breaks! And what a time to to it. Medvedev wins the opening point to stick a toe in the door before Korda’s heavy serve and a delicate volley secure 30-15.

Korda whacks down another hefty serve that Medvedev can’t tame but at 40-15 he wobbles. Two missed volleys and a drop shot that tumbles back on his own side give Medvedev a break point and another unforced error hands his opponent the game. We’re 4-4 in the third.

*Korda 7-6 (9), 6-3, 4-3 Medvedev (*denotes next server)

Medvedev responds with an easy hold to love. Rather than expending any energy or focus on his opponent’s serve, Korda seems to be steeling himself for the two service games of his own that will secure victory.

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