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Norrie gets another break to take a 3-5 lead in the second set and well and truly grab momentum.

Zverev double-faults into two break points and though he’s able to answer back and send it to deuce but Norrie seizes the advantage and then forces him to send a lob long after some powerful baseline play.

After being forced into a fourth set by Borges, Medvedev doesn’t look like he’s in the mood for much more messing about, already up a break in the fourth set and leading 3-0.

Norrie looks as if he’s growing in confidence as he holds serve to 15 and takes a 3-4 advantage in this second set.

The perfect response from Norrie, who breaks straight back and brings it to 3-3!

With two break points in hand the Brit works Zverev around the court before delivering a strong backhand winner.

Borges survives and takes out the third set against Medvedev!

After seeing off two match points before breaking his opponent to make it 5-6, he holds serve to 15 and takes out the third with a 180 km/h ace! It’s now 6-3 7-6(4) 5-7 in Medvedev’s favour headed into the fourth set.

Zverev gets the first break of the second set, forcing Norrie into back-to-back errors, the first forced the second not-so, to take a 3-2 lead and with the chance to streak clear.

Norrie has had just one break point to this point, and the commentators are observing how he’s been struggling to make Zverev feel uncomfortable.

Hurkacz has taken out the tie break on John Cain with a big forehand winner and now leads Cazaux 7-6(6) 7-3(3).

Borges is refusing to go away on Rod Laver, now having saved two match points to force it to 5-5 in the third set, Medvedev taking the first two 6-3 7-6(4).

Zverev has held serve to love on Margaret Court, making it 2-2 in the second.

Norrie holds serve to 30 and grabs a 2-1 second set lead, using a gorgeous drop shot to get ahead before a Zverev error gives him the game.

Big serving Zverev holds to 15 to make it 1-1 in the second. We’re also headed to another tie break on John Cain, as Cazaux serves to love to make it 6-6 in the second set after Canadian opponent Hurkacz took the first 7-6(6).

Norrie holds serve to love in the first game of the second set, a strong response after falling behind.

It ended the same way all his other sets against Zverev has, by Norrie can build upon that first set, landing four aces to Zverev’s three and landing 79% of his first serves to 74%.

Zverev takes the first set 7-5!

Norrie made him work for it but Zverev takes out the first set!

A 20 shot rally on 30-30 ends with Zvarev being forced to send a backhander into the net to bring up break point, only for the German to respond with a strong forearm winner and send it to deuce. Norrie survives one set point but can’t find a way past the second, sending Zvarev’s second serve into the net to end the first set after 40 minutes.

Germany's Alexander Zverev has taken the first set in his singles match against Britain's Cameron Norrie at the Australian Open.
Germany’s Alexander Zverev has taken the first set in his singles match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Australian Open. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

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We have a break, Zverev will now serve for the first set!

Norrie comes to the net down 15-30 but the German responds with a fantastic passing shot to bring up two break points. A Zverev error saves one but then Norrie sends a forearm into the net!

Medvedev is beggining to run away from Borges on Rod Laver, now leading 6-3 7-6(4) 4-2 after twice breaking his opponent in this third set.

Norrie takes the first point but Zverev responds and goes on to hold to 30 and make it 5-5, taking the game when Norrie sends a return serve just beyond the baseline. Wouldn’t be surprised if this first set is headed for another tie break.

Norrie holds serve to 30 and make it 5-4 in the first. Both men are being really strong on their first serve to start this one, Norrie sending 86% to this point, with four aces, and Zverev 73%

Zverev serves to 30 to make it 4-4 and ensure that neither man has dropped a service game in this opening set.

On Rod Laver, Medvedev has again been taken to deuce but this time holds against Borges to move to a 2-1 lead, Hurkacz leads Cazaux on John Cain 7-6(6) 3-2.

Borges can’t seize upon his early break of Medvedev, committing a series of errors and being broken himself, 1-1 in the third on Rod Laver.

Norrie holds serve to make it 4-3 in the opening set. The commentators are pontificating that Norrie needs to commit to coming to the net against Zverev, trying something new to overcome the advantage that the German’s undefeated record against him would suggest he holds.

Borges takes Medvedev to deuce in the opening game of their third set on Rod Laver and then holds on and breaks him! Important one for the Portuguese as he attempts to overturn a two set deficit.

Zverev, meanwhile, has held serve to lock it back up at 3-3.

Another ace from Norrie to hold serve to 30, neither man is blinking yet in the early stages of this one – yet to allow a break point.

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A solid response from Zverev as he holds to 15, double-faulting on his first attempt to serve the game out before seeing it out with a powerful ace.

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The tie breaker out on John Cain has also concluded and it’s Hurkacz that has rallied down from an early break to take out the first set over Cazaux, winning the tie breaker 8-6.

Zverev comfortably holds serve but Norrie responds and holds to love himself.

Medvedev has taken out the second set over Borges on Rod Laver after winning the tie-breaker 7-4, moving out to a 6-3, 7-6 lead after two sets.

Norrie is first to serve and holds to 30, getting to the net and forcing Zverev to scramble and lob up an easy return to take out the first game.

Meanwhile, we’re off to a tie break in the first set of Cazaux and Hurkacz on John Cain Arena and now there’s going to be one on Rod Laver as Medvedev holds to make it 6-6 against Borges.

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Borges holds to 30 to make it 6-5 against Medvedev in the second set on Rod Laver.

Zverev and Norrie are making their way onto Margaret Court Arena, the action set to begin shortly.

Zverev has returned to the top of the tennis world since recovering from tearing ligaments in his right ankle back in June of 2022 but his presence in Melbourne has been largely overshadowed by news he will face a public trial in Germany over allegations he physically abused his ex-girlfriend in 2020, allegations he denies.

Tumaini Carayol has more.

Norrie caught a few off-guard in deviating from his usual baseline game against Ruud, instead looking to aggressively get to the net often as he took the Norwegian down in four sets.

Count Zverev, however, as someone who wasn’t surprised by the change in approach, having trained with his fourth-round during their preseason in Monte Carlo.

“I actually thought he played exactly what he was working on in the off-season,” said Zverev.

“We obviously spent the off-season together in Monaco, so I’ve seen him every single day. This is exactly what he was working on.”

“When you think of Cameron Norrie, you normally think of somebody who grinds a lot, a big fighter. But in the off-season, he really worked on his game and he really worked on the aggressive style of play. He really worked on coming forward.

“It was very noticeable in December, and you can see it on the court now. The work is paying off for him.”

Alex de Minaur has said he is devastated after losing to Andrey Rublev last night in a tense five-set match.

Hopes of local glory at the Australian Open were blown away on a windy Sunday evening in Melbourne after a late barrage from the No 5 seed, Rublev, jettisoned De Minaur in the last 16.

“Night and day, I’m a different player,” De Minaur said after the match.

Maybe a couple years ago or even last year, I would be sitting here, maybe even happy with the result, saying, I probably shouldn’t have won, he’s higher ranked than I am, I took him to five sets, pretty decent effort.

But it’s completely changed because now I’m sitting here and I’m absolutely devastated because I saw it as a great opportunity and a match I strongly believed I could have won. But it just slipped away.

Here’s Jack Snape’s full report from Rod Laver Arena:

Linda Nosková through after Elina Svitolina (19) retires hurt

It was a sad finish to Elina Svitlona’s Australian Open campaign with a painful back injury forcing her to retire from her fourth-round match against Ukraine’s Linda Nosková.

“Obviously today was not the way I had planned to win,” Nosková said.

“I feel sorry for Elina, I hope she gets very well soon.”

Dayana Yastremska beats Victoria Azarenka (18) 7-6 (8-6), 6-4

Belarusian veteran and former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka was knocked out earlier this afternoon by 23-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska in straight sets.

“It feels like my heart is going to jump out of my body,” Yastremska said after her victory.

Preamble

Howdy one and all, welcome to the Australian Open 2024, day nine – afternoon session.

In singles action already under way in Melbourne, Daniil Medvedev is up a set over Nuno Borges on Rod Laver Arena, while Arthur Cazaux and ninth-seed Hubert Hurkacz are locked in a tight battle in the first set of their meeting on John Cain.

But the main focus at the commencement of this afternoon’s blog will be on Margaret Court Arena, where Germany’s Alexander Zverev will be taking on British No 1 Cameron Norrie with a spot in the quarter-finals on the line.

Norrie downed Casper Ruud in the third round on Saturday to book a place among the last 16 for the first time in his career, but he’s working against an even greater weight of history in this one; not only has the 19th seed fallen to defeat the last four times he’s faced off with Zverev, but he’s also done so without taking a set off him.

Zverev, for his part, dispatched American teenager Alex Michelson in straight sets on Saturday to advance to the fourth round, a mercifully straightforward affair after being forced to come from a set down against countryman Dominik Koepfer in the first round and needing nearly five hours to get past Slovakian qualifier Lukas Klein in the second.

A fan holds a Ukraine flag
A fan holds a Ukraine flag watching Dayana Yastremska and Victoria Azarenka play today. Photograph: Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images





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