Djokovic v Fritz, Kostyuk v Gauff: Australian Open – live | Australian Open 2024

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Kostyuk breaks Gauff for a second time.

The game goes to deuce and once again Gauff double faults to give Kostyuk an advantage then hits an unforced error to drop her serve.

The American’s first serve is failing her too often, going at 55%, and the Ukrainian is primed to pounce.

Kostyuk holds after trailing 0-40.

Gauff puts the pressure straight back on to Kostyuk, but in a confidence booster for the Ukrainian she fights back to deuce then closes out the game on the second attempt.

Kostyuk is picking her moments but seems to be more confident playing down the line, and has hit seven winners to Gauff’s one so far. It’s 4-1 to Kostyuk in the first set.

Marta Kostyuk serves.
Marta Kostyuk serves. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

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Kostyuk breaks Gauff.

In an early case of the live bloggers’ curse, the Ukrainian pushes out to a 30-0 lead until Gauff works her way back to 30-30.

A double fault hands the advantage back to Kostyuk as a costly error from Gauff on the next point makes it 3-1.

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Kostyuk is again taken to deuce after first opening up a lead on her serve.

Some powerful hitting from the Ukrainian forces Gauff into a pair of errors that close out the game for a 2-1 scoreline, though the American looks threatening early.

The big-serving American Coco Gauff gets on the board, holding her serve to 30 without too much difficulty to make it 1-1.

Coco Gauff plays a backhand.
Coco Gauff plays a backhand. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Marta Kostyuk serves first against Coco Gauff as we get under way on Rod Laver Arena.

The Ukrainian controls the early points from the baseline to push out to a 40-15 lead, but some unforced errors allow Gauff back into the game.

Kostyuk looks frustrated as the early advantage slips away but after two break points for Gauff, the world No 37 holds serve to clinch an early 1-0 lead.

Ukraine's Marta Kostyuk hits a return.
Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk hits a return. Photograph: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images

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For a heart-warming tale on two decades of persistence paying off even on the tennis circuit, dive into Jack Snape’s interview with India’s Rohan Bopanna as he secures a career-high ranking – and potentially the men’s doubles No 1 – at the age of 43:

While we wait for the women’s singles quarter-final between Coco Gauff and Marta Kostyuk to start on Rod Laver Arena, a reminder of former world No 3 Elina Svitolina’s unfortunate exit from the tournament when facing Linda Noskova:

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Preamble

Conditions are perfect at Melbourne Park as quarter-final action kicks off at the Australian Open 2024 with the afternoon session on day 10.

The women’s singles will start with No 4 seed Coco Gauff facing Marta Kostyuk on Rod Laver Arena – you can follow that match here from 1pm local time.

Following that will be Novak Djokovic meeting Taylor Fritz, as the No 12 seed looks to upset the reigning champion. Joey Lynch will be on deck to keep you across that match.

We’ll also be covering the evening session including the heavyweight clash between the men’s No 4 and 5 seeds, Jannik Sinner and Andrey Rublev.

On the women’s side this evening, No 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka will be up against No 9 seed Barbora Krejcikova.

But for now, get in touch with any thoughts and ideas as we get into the business end of the tournament.

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