The Australian Open is nearing its end and another day of quarter-finals is upon us.
Yelena Rybakina lost on Tuesday Jelena Ostapenko To book a semi-final meeting with Victoria Azarenka.
Azarenka upset Jessica Pegula to keep her dream of winning a third Australian Open title alive.
On the male side, Stefanos Tsitsipas Defeated Jiri Lehecka in straight sets and Karen Khachanov Sebastian Korda was three games away from victory when he became the first player in the tournament to retire from injury.
Today, Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul will face each other in the All-American quarter-finals before Novak Djokovic takes on Andrei Rublev.
Karolina Pliskova plays Magda Linette, while Aryna Sabalenka faces Donna Vekic in the other women’s quarterfinals.
Follow below for live updates from Day 10 of the Australian Open (all times AEDT).
18.30 – Finally a Paul we can get behind
Tommy Paul is through to the Australian Open semi-finals after taking care of business against Ben Shelton.
The two unseeded Americans squared off at Rod Laver Arena, with Paul winning 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
He will now await the winner of Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev.
18.15 – The Djokovic conspiracy theory goes wild
Doubts about Novak Djokovic’s injury continue to be planted ahead of the Serbian’s quarter-final match.
After taking Australia’s Alex de Minaur in straight sets, the Aussie was asked if speculation about Djokovic’s hamstring injury was frustrating during the match.
“I dont know. Tell me what you think she looks like outside,” he said with a wry smile.
“When I played him, I thought he acted really well, so… I don’t know.”
The remarks raised many eyebrows as conspiracy theories about his injury exploded on Wednesday.
Djokovic opposed these proposals. However, this did not stop the theory from continuing ahead of his competition with Andrey Rublev.
Former world number one Victoria Azarenka has defended Djokovic as accusations of dramatizing his injury continue.
18:00 – The Americans put on a show
American Tommy Paul and Ben Shelton perform at Rod Laver Arena.
Nothing could separate the two in the opening set, with Paul claiming the tiebreak before flexing his muscles in the second to take the lead in two sets to love.
But Shelton refused to die and fought back to take the fourth set with a 7-5 victory in the third set.
4.35pm – Semi-finalists ‘jealous’ of Australia’s lockout
Polish star Magda Linette advanced to the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Karolina Pliskova earlier in the day and is finally exactly where she wants to be.
Linette, who has never made it past the third round of a major before, will play Aryna Sabalenka in the Australian Open final.
Although Linette has played in all but one Australian Open since 2016, it’s the one she’s missed that hurts the most.
Filming continued in Melbourne Park in 2021, but at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, visitors had to spend two weeks in quarantine upon arrival.
But Linette didn’t come to Melbourne and would have changed anything for the chance to be.
At that time, he injured his knee, which kept him out of the game for 6 months.
He looks to be 11 weeks away from being diagnosed with a meniscus tear that will require surgery and a five-month layoff.
So while players were raging about being stuck in quarantine, Linette was going through “the most painful experience of my life.”
“The day before my flight (to Australia in 2021), the pain and uncomfortable feeling that I came back with some extra strength,” he said.
“It came back, (I) had surgery, I was basically shot the next day. I already had a flight, I had a hotel room.
“(I) listened to everyone complaining about the isolation and I was so jealous that they had to do that because I really wanted to be there.”
3:00 p.m. – Semi-finals via Sabalenka breeze
Aryna Sabalenka booked her place in the final four with a demolition job against Donna Vekic.
Number five was too strong for the Croatian star, who finished with just 13 double faults.
Sabalenka took advantage and raced to a 6-3, 6-2 straight sets victory and a place in the semi-finals against Magda Linette.
12.45 – Pliskova’s nightmare surrender
Poland’s Magda Linette defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-2 7-5 to advance to the semi-finals.
Pliskova broke back in the second set, but a series of double faults gave Linette the win.
Tennis commentator Jose Morgado tweeted: “My God, these double faults from Pliskova. Scary things.
“It was probably a terrible game from Pliskova to give away the match. What a poor day he has.”
13.15 – The coach beheads the player’s girlfriend
Who wants to be in a tennis player’s box?
Sebastian Korda was knocked out of the Australian Open when he became the first player to retire in the quarter-finals, beating Karen Khachanov 7-6 6-3 3-0.
Korda had his best result at the grand slam in Melbourne a wrist injury forced his retirement He faced Khachanov and ended his tournament in a sad way.
The 1/4 final match was tense for his new head coach Radek Stepanek.
The former Czech tennis star was seriously animated in Korda’s box at the Australian Open, wearing the same yellow Nike shirt as his charge and cheering every point.
But when Stepanek took on Korda’s girlfriend in a tense moment during Korda’s encounter with Khachanov, things got a little too much.
Korda’s girlfriend, Ivana Nedved, daughter of Czech football legend Pavel Nedved, attended his matches at Melbourne Park.
But he didn’t look too comfortable when Stepanek choked him.
After his five-set victory over Hubert Hurkacz in the fourth round, Jim Courier asked Korda what his improved form was all about.
“I have a whole new team,” Korda said.
“I have Radek Stefanek there. I have a great pair of coaches like Radek Stepanek and Martin Stepanek. I also have a beautiful girlfriend here.”
The courier followed and asked, “What is his name? People want to know.”
Korda pointed to the box and said: “Ivana. She’s beautiful over there.”
The Courier sneered, “It’s definitely not Radek, we know that.”
Korda’s father, Petr, won the Australian Open in 1998 while representing the Czech Republic.
Korda and Nedved have apparently been dating since 2021, and the tennis star took the chance to introduce his better half to the crowd in Melbourne.
10.30 – Tomic’s classy message to Kyrgios
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic have been at each other’s throats for years after becoming friends early in their careers, but their relationship may be starting to warm up.
As Kyrgios pulled out of the Australian Open and underwent knee surgery, his old foe posted a message of support on Instagram following the procedure.
“Despite our differences, we go way back,” Tomic said.
“I wish (Nick) a speedy recovery.
“I hope to see him back on the circuit soon.”
It comes after Kyrgios exploded on social media late last year after Tomic was snubbed by Tennis Australia and failed to receive a wildcard for this year’s tournament despite three previous fourth-round exits.
When one Twitter user suggested Tomic deserved a wildcard, Kyrgios replied: “Hahahahaha NO.”
Kyrgios previously hit out at Tomic on Instagram Live in October, saying he would not play an exhibition match against him.
“TBH, don’t think I want to make it more relevant,” he said.
“I’m not going to bother with someone who’s ranked 800 in the world.”
Originally published as Australian Open Day 10 live: Novak Djokovic conspiracy theory explodes