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Rublev tames Thiem, Sabalenka and Garcia stroll as Melbourne sizzles

MELBOURNE: Fifth seed Andrey Rublev introduced an finish to the Australian Open marketing campaign of former Grand Slam champion Dominic Thiem within the opening spherical on Tuesday when he overpowered the Austrian 6-3 6-4 6-2 on a sweltering John Cain Area. Thiem, a finalist at Melbourne Park and U.S. Open champion in 2020, is on the comeback path after a wrist harm and was in a position to compete solely to a sure extent towards the ability of the rangy Russian. In a match studded with top quality rallies between the 2 baseliners, Rublev broke for a 5-3 lead within the opening set, for 5-4 within the second and, after an enormous roar, for 2-1 within the third.

Thiem was merely unable to get a foothold within the contest and the 25-year-old Rublev, a quarter-finalist on the Australian Open in 2021, served out for the match after little greater than two hours on courtroom. “We’re actually good associates and I do know he’s going by not really easy occasions … and I hope he can get again to the extent he belongs as quick as potential,” Rublev stated of the previous world quantity three. “It’s tremendous sizzling at present so I’m tremendous comfortable I used to be in a position to win in straight units and avoid wasting power for the following match. The warmer it’s, the harder it’s to make the precise selections, the harder to maneuver. While you begin to assume the opposite man can also be feeling the identical, it’s a bit simpler.” Rublev, like all Russian and Belarusian gamers, is competing on the match with out nationwide affiliation on account of final yr’s invasion of Ukraine.

Excessive warmth: The warmth was the opposite essential matter of dialog on the second day of the championships as temperatures soared in direction of a forecast excessive of 36 levels Celsius (96.8°F). Play was suspended on the skin courts shortly after 2 p.m. (0300 GMT) native time because the match’s Excessive Warmth Coverage got here into play. High girls’s seeds Aryna Sabalenka and Caroline Garcia spent as little time as potential on Rod Laver Area of their opening matches on the yr’s first Grand Slam.

Fifth seed Sabalenka, who opened the yr by successful the Adelaide Worldwide 1 title with out shedding a set, stored up her superb type with an emphatic 6-1 6-4 victory over Tereza Martincova. “It wasn’t that straightforward a match and I’m tremendous comfortable to begin with a win,” stated the Belarusian. “I must work on my mindset, not getting upset with each mistake I’m making, I actually imagine that that is the one factor that’s lacking in my recreation.” Fourth seed Garcia, who received the WTA Finals final season, was equally convincing with a 6-3 6-0 win over Canadian qualifier Katherine Sebov in simply over an hour. Garcia will subsequent face one other Canadian in 2021 U.S. Open finalist Leylah Fernandez, who got here from an early break right down to beat Alize Cornet 7-5 6-2. Italian Martina Trevisan was the primary seed to fall on Tuesday. The twenty first seed went down 6-3 6-2 to Slovakian qualifier Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

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