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Australian Open, Caruso out of Berrettini and Sonego ahead

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ROME. First day with an overall positive balance, between stomach ache and new proposals, for the Italians (ahead in five) at the Australian Open, the Grand Slam that opens 2022 without the number one …

ROME. First day with an overall positive balance, between stomach ache and new proposals, for the Italians (ahead in five) at the Australian Open, a Grand Slam that opens 2022 without world number one Novak Djokovic. Both Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego fly in the second round in the men’s field, while the women drop the trio: Camila Giorgi, Lucia Bronzetti and Martina Trevisan smile.

Immediately out among the men Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso, Nole’s replacement, and among the women Paolini. Today the debut of six other blues, including one of the most anticipated men, Jannik Sinner, while there is Rafael Nadal who wins his 70th match in Melbourne and climbs to fifth place in the ranking becoming the only Australian Open champion left. on the scoreboard this year. Easy start also for Naomi Osaka, holder of the Melbourne title. Without problems his victory (6-3, 6-3) over the number 50, Osorio.

Among the Italians, Berrettini had to fight a lot, even against stomach pain (his “Imodium grazie”, written on the camera lens, is eloquent): the 25-year-old Roman defeated 4-6 6-2 7-6 (5 ) 6-3, after a battle of three hours and ten minutes, the American Nakashima. Sonego’s task was much easier, who beat the other American Sam Querry 7-5 6-3 6-3 in just under two and a quarter hours.

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Blue protagonists on the first day: a royal debut for Giorgi who liquidated the Russian Potapova 6-4 60. Also very good Bronzetti (who beat the Russian Gracheva in comeback) and Martina Trevisan who won over the Japanese Nao Hibino.

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