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Australian Open 2023 order of play today: Wednesday schedule and UK start time for Djokovic vs Rublev

australian open 2023 order of play today wednesday schedule and uk start time for djokovic vs rublev

MELBOURNE — Andrey Rublev said the quiet part out loud after he beat Holger Rune when he admitted he was not looking forward to facing Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open quarter-finals – even though the Serb had not yet booked his place in the last eight.

Rublev saved match points in the final set against Rune and recovered from 5-0 down in the deciding tie-break to seal victory with a fortunate dead net cord.

It moved Rublev on to his seventh grand slam quarter-final, although he is yet to win one and knew it would probably be an uphill battle to break that streak

‘’No one wants to face Novak,” said Rublev during his on-court interview. “I prefer to be in any other part of the draw but not Novak.’’

Order of play

(All times GMT)

Rod Laver Arena

  • Midnight: Karolina Pliskova (30) vs Magda Linette
  • Not before 2am: Aryna Sabalenka (5) vs Donna Vekic
  • Not before 3.30am: Ben Shelton vs Tommy Paul
  • 8.30am: Novak Djokovic (5) vs Andrey Rublev (4)

When reminded by interviewer that Djokovic still had to beat Australia’s own Alex De Minaur, Rublev quickly apologised.

“I forgot! Sorry, sorry,’’ he added.

Rublev’s presumption though turned out to be mere realism: Djokovic battered De Minaur for the loss of five games, virtually eradicating any lingering concerns that his left hamstring might still be a hindrance.

Djokovic though was in fiery mood when he came to talk to the Serbian press about the injury, claiming he had been unfairly scrutinised and accused of faking it.

“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” Djokovic said.

“Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.”

Need or otherwise, Djokovic has more than proven his fitness and Rublev will need to outplay him rather than outlast him in order to record a first ever hard-court victory over him.

How to watch the Australian Open, Day 10

  • Date: Saturday 21 January
  • Time: Day session from midnight GMT, night session from 8am GMT
  • TV: Eurosport 1/2 (Sky 410/411, Virgin 521/522, BT 412/413)
  • Live stream: Discovery+, ad-supported plan available for £6.99 a month

The other men’s match on Wednesday features unseeded Americans Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul, with both reaching their first grand slam quarter-final to continue the success of the American men this year.

The surprise matchup between Shelton, 20, and Paul, 25, will be the first slam quarter-final between two American men since 2007, when Andy Roddick beat Mardy Fish in the Australian Open, and will assure the US of its first men’s semi-finalist in Melbourne since Roddick in 2009.

There is also a fresh face in the women’s draw, with Poland’s Magda Linette playing in her first major quarter-final aged 30 and taking on former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova.

Linette had only ever reached the third round of a slam before – and lost on each of her six visits – but finally got over the line against Ekaterina Alexandrova and then downed No 4 seed Caroline Garcia for good measure.

And in Wednesday’s other women’s quarter-final, fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus has yet to drop a set in 2023 and will aim to reach her first Australian Open semi-final when she faces unseeded Croatian Donna Vekic, who has 1978 US Open finalist in her box.

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