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If you think football off-seasons are non-existent, then you don't know tennis. Australian Open prep tournaments are ongoing in AU and NZ. It looks like Rafa Nadal is a doubt after his ongoing injury flared up.

Emma Radacanu is back.

Time to prepare our clocks for overnight tennis!
 

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#5 Rublev fighting for his life after blowing a 2 set lead, in a 5th set tiebreak now.
 

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He was down 4-1 in the tiebreak but rolled from there and took it 10-6, 9 of the final 11 points. He can't be happy about that overall, but survive and advance.
 

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Djokovic getting all he can handle against 18 year old Croatian Dino Prizmic, the French Open junior champion last year. Djokovic won an easy first set 6-2, but Prizmic started hitting harder, Novak got a little sloppy, Prizmic took the second set tiebreaker and they've traded breaks early in the third.
 

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Quite a third set, Djokovic rebounded from the tiebreaker loss by going up 2-0, then the kid fought back with three straight games including two breaks. Djokovic then changed his shirt mid-set (I don’t remember him doing this before), pulled it together, and won four straight games, up 2 sets to 1 now. He could use an easy 4th, they’re over 3 hours already.
 

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This is the first time Djokovic has gone past three hours in a first round match at a Grand Slam since the 2010 US Open (Troicki). They’re at 3:27 now but it will be done soon (4-0 Novak in the 4th).
 

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Prizmic not done yet, three straight games to pull it to 4-3 Djokovic, still up a break but teetering.
 

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Took him seven match points and just over 4 hours but he gets through, longest first round Grand Slam match of his career.
 

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Took him seven match points and just over 4 hours but he gets through, longest first round Grand Slam match of his career.
Low key cool moment at the end of the match with Novak making sure the youngster got his praise.
Crazy that the now second longest opening round grand slam match for Novak was nearly 20 years ago at the 2005 U.S. open against another guy still playing…monfils.
 

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Anyone waking up now, not sure if ESPN2 will stick with it but Sabalenka will start soon.
 

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Naomi Osaka's big return in a few minutes, she drew Caroline Garcia, fun first round match.
 

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I’ve watched a lot of Caro matches last few years and I can’t recall her serving like this. Pretty incredible display.
Yeah, that was amazing. Osaka played pretty well but didn’t really have a chance.
 

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Struff won the tiebreaker 10-8.

Auger-Aliassime and Thiem went for 5 hours. Thiem unable to complete the two set comeback. Felix broke serve the 2nd game of the 5th set and held serve the rest of the way.
 

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Just turned it on (ESPN+) but Kenin just broke Swiatek to go up 5-4 in the 1st.
 

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I wanted to let @jon abbey and the other regular posters here know how much I appreciate their reports. I can't follow tennis directly as much as I did in the past, but coming here allows me to catch up on the latest action. Thanks so much!
 

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6-0, 6-2, 54 minutes against Andreeva’s favorite player. Incredible!!
 

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Yeah, this one threw me. The oddsmakers actually had Andreeva favored. What gives?
 

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I barely saw any of it but it was the first match of the day and Andreeva is 16 to Jabeur's 29. Seems like by the time Ons woke up, she was already deep in a hole in the second even though it was just 40 minutes in. Usually if it takes you 40 minutes to get into things, it is still the first set.
 

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Andreeva is the second youngest woman ever to beat a top 10 player at a Grand Slam, Coco beating Osaka in the third round here in 2020 was still not 16 yet.

This is overstating the case but it is not so far from when a 19 year old Federer knocked a 29 year old Sampras out of Wimbledon in 2001, that could be a serious changing of the guard moment although there is a very tough top four to crack, above Jabeur.
 

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Hot take: djokovic will make the finals (at least) and still have less on court time than his opponent.
Ok the second part of this hot take could definitely be off…he’s up 2 sets to 1 on popyrin but is really having to grind. Served his way out of a 0-40 at 4-5 in third set by the way.
 

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Ok the second part of this hot take could definitely be off…he’s up 2 sets to 1 on popyrin but is really having to grind. Served his way out of a 0-40 at 4-5 in third set by the way.
That was an unbelievable escape, he is definitely not playing great today, surprisingly passive a lot of the time.
 

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Djokovic gets through, 6-2 in the 4th. He hasn’t played great here so far, but survive and advance.
 

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Top half of the men’s draw (round of 32):

[1] Djokovic vs. [30] Etcheverry
[16] Shelton vs. [20] Mannarino

[12] Fritz vs. Marozsan
[7] Tsitsipas vs. Van Assche

[4] Sinner vs. [26] Baez
[15] Khachanov vs. Machac

[10] De Minaur vs. [Q] Cobolli
[5] Rublev vs. [29] Korda
 

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Top half of the men’s draw (round of 32):

[1] Djokovic vs. [30] Etcheverry
[16] Shelton vs. [20] Mannarino

[12] Fritz vs. Marozsan
[7] Tsitsipas vs. Van Assche

[4] Sinner vs. [26] Baez
[15] Khachanov vs. Machac

[10] De Minaur vs. [Q] Cobolli
[5] Rublev vs. [29] Korda
Looking forward to a Djokovic/Shelton rematch. And assuming ND holds it together, potentially another Djokovic/Sinner matchup in the semis. Good stuff.