Will the long-awaited Grand Slam title finally work out in 2022 after Alexander Zverev celebrated his most successful on the tour so far last year, but failed twice shortly before the finish line in the semifinals of Paris (French Open) and New York (US Open)? Daniil Medvedev showed the way and even defeated Djokovic in Flushing Meadows, who was almost unbeatable in the previous season, and won his first major title. But Zverev can no longer take Olympic gold for it. At the end of last season he also won the ATP Finals for the second time, after the relaxed rest he returned to the ATP Cup and twice fulfilled his duty as the German number 1, but in the game against Canada he lost to Felix-Auger Aliassime in three sets .
The whole world noticed that Novak Djokovic was ultimately not allowed to enter Australia and will therefore not be able to defend his title at these Australian Opens. Dominic Thiem and Roger Federer are also prominent names missing from the first Grand Slam of the year. But Rafael Nadal is back after a long injury, having previously won a preparatory tournament in Melbourne, ATP title number 89. The Spaniard also won his opening match against Marcos Giron that night. Daniil Medevdev is the highest-ranked player in the tournament due to the absence of Djokovic, but still plays in the lower tableau as number 2 on the seed list because Djokovic was originally drawn. Alexander Zverev is listed at 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas is seeded at 4.
Hello and welcome to the Australian Open 2022, issue 110. After a lot of political things beforehand, things are finally starting to get sporty today. In the German duel, Alexander Zverev meets Daniel Altmaier at the start. It starts at Rod Laver Arena around 10:30 a.m. CET.