Nick Kyrgios mocked on Twitter the scenario that is being constructed with the potential Australian Open 2023 semifinalists, who would then face off against the victor of the draw that was headed by Novak Djokovic. Due to a knee injury, the Australian tennis player withdrew from the quarterfinal match against the 21-time Grand Slam champion.
Nice little ATP 250 going on,” he said, referring to the competitors still in the match. Many players who have never advanced to the finals of a Slam are in the running, including the extremely young Americans Ben Shelton, Brandon Holt, Mmoh, Brooksby, and Popyrin himself.
Bautista Agut has only ever reached the semifinals once, in 2019 at Wimbledon. For Andy Murray, a frequent performer on large platforms thanks to his three Grand Slam victories, the same cannot be true.
The Australian Grand Slam included many surprises.
This opening round of the Australian Open has been full of shocks. Unpredictable situations are developing for some tennis players who would have hardly progressed that far had they started out, starting with Kyrgios and Carlos Alcaraz‘s withdrawals a few days prior to the tournament’s start and continuing with the early departures of players like Rafael Nadal, Taylor Fritz, and Matteo Berrettini.
Particularly in the side of the draw that was led by the American, the Indian Wells winner, who unexpectedly defeated the Australian Alexei Popyrin and upset the number 8 seed in the seeding.
The same is true for Alexander Zverev, who Michael Mmoh halted when he recovered from an injury. It was quite difficult to see our Matteo Berrettini lose in the first round after five hours to three-time slam champion Andy Murray.
It was surprise as well that Casper Ruud lost to the burgeoning bomber Jenson Brooksby and gave up. The remaining seeds Diego Schwartman and Miomir Kezmanovic were also eliminated, with Miomir Kezmanovic falling to Nicolas Jarry in the opening round and Alejando Davidovic Fokina falling to Tommy Paul. Roberto Bautista Agut is the lone survivor.