Australian Open Tennis: Three for Round Three

Men’s Draw Seeds Out

  • Hubert Hurkacz [10]
  • Cameron Norrie [12]
  • Diego Schwarzman [13]
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili [21]
  • John Isner [22]
  • Grigor Dimitrov [26]
  • Ugo Humbert [29]
  • Lloyd Harris [30]

Maybe on ranking it is a little surprising to see Hubert Hurkacz and Diego Schwarzman go out quite so early, and of course war-horse Andy Murray took out Nikoloz Basilashvili twice in as many weeks, and would have been worth a flutter for the quarter-finals but was uncharacteristically flat, losing to qualifier Taro Daniel.

So who are three picks for Round Three?

Sebastian Korda – He arrived in Australia and was straight into isolation thanks to Covid-19 missing all the warm-up events, but he put paid to British No. 1 Cameron Norrie. He comes from great sporting stock – his father Petr won the 1998 Australian Open and his sisters Jessica and Nelly are ripping up a storm out on the women’s professional golf circuit. 

In the battle of the seed-crushers, Maxime Cressy’s good early form (le lost the Melbourne final to none other than Rafael Nadal) sets him up against Aussie home-crowd favoutite Chris O’Connell. While the Aussies will be behind their boy, Cressy’s great start to the year makes him a decent one to watch certainly for the Round of 16, maybe the quarter-finals… watch this space.

We’ll pick a seed for our final choice – ad it came down to the Next Generation who don’t look at all like they will disappear into the realms of The Lost Boys (the Dimitrov/Nishikori era, and nothing to do witj a vampiric Keifer Sutherland!). 

Carlos Alcaraz might look like a Nadal Mini-Me but he is the real deal. He won the ATP NextGen Finals (beating Korda) and there is no doubt that he will be collecting Slams. 

Women’s Draw Seeds Out

  • Garbine Muguruza [3]
  • Anett Kontaveit [6]
  • Sofia Kenin [11]
  • Elena Rybakina [12]
  • Angelique Kerber [16]
  • Emma Raducanu [17]
  • Coco Gauff [18]
  • Petra Kvitova [20]
  • Belinda Bencic [22]
  • Leylah Fernandez [23]

There has been a lot more carnage on the women’s side and some surprising names based om last year’s form. To lose Garbine Muguruza and Anett Kontaveit in on day blew open what would have been Emma Raducanu’s section of the draw – but she was struggled with a blister throughout her second-round match and bowed out.

Former champion Sofia Kenin lost to a resurgent Madison Keys. Keys has been a Slam finalist and in the past has struggled with the weight of expectation on her – but now she is playing free and is definitely one to watch.

Denmark’s Clara Tauson could well be another teenager to catch light in the way that Leylah Fernandez and Raducanu did at the US Open. She bounced out Anett Kontaveit and could well be setting herself up for a deep run.

Our seed to watch is Paula Badosa – she enjoyed a breakthrough year last year, winning Indian Wells, and she won the warm-up even in Sydney. We could be teeing up a fourth round before and Keys and that would be quite the battle.