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Australian Open 2024: Coco Gauff reaches her first semifinal at Melbourne Park, plus other notable results

Gauff, a 19-year-old American, will face Aryna Sabalenka in a rematch of the 2023 US Open women’s singles final

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Defending Australian Open champions Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka have both advanced to the 2024 semifinals at Melbourne Park, and the next round is shaping up to be an exciting one.

American teenager Coco Gauff punched a ticket to her first ever Australian Open semifinal, where she will face Sabalenka. This will be a rematch of the 2023 US Open women’s singles final, which Gauff won in three sets against the Belarusian star.

Their quarterfinals in Melbourne couldn’t have been more different. Gauff survived an error-filled game against Marta Kostyuk with a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-2 win that took three hours and eight minutes. Meanwhile, Sabalenka took less than an hour to claim her 6-2, 6-3 victory over Barbora Krejcikova. Sabalenka has been a force to be reckoned with in this tournament, dropping just 16 games and playing a combined 5.25 hours through five rounds.

Sabalenka said she’s looking forward to facing Gauff because she “really wanted that revenge” and knows it will be a “great match.”

On the men’s side, Djokovic reached his record-extending 48th Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win against American Taylor Fritz. The 10-time Australian Open champion has now won 32 consecutive matches at Melbourne. 

After his quarterfinal win, Djokovic was interviewed by Australian star Nick Kyrgios, who missed his second consecutive Australian Open because of ongoing injuries. It was a fun interview, but the players gave us a hilarious highlight long before they donned the microphones. As part of his celebration for winning a point after a long rally against Fritz, Djokovic found Kyrgios in the commentary booth and blew him a kiss.

Djokovic’s next opponent will be Jannik Sinner, who beat Andrey Rublev 6-4,7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to reach his first ever Australian Open semifinal. This will be a rematch of the 2023 Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal, which Djokovic won in three sets before losing the championship game to Carlos Alcaraz. 

Speaking of Alcaraz, the No. 2 seed is still very much alive in this competition. He is getting ready to take on sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who survived a thrilling five-set battle against No. 19 Cameron Norrie and pulled off a 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 4-6, 7-6 (10-3) win.

Another notable absence in this year’s tournament is 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who withdrew after suffering a micro tear in his hip during the Brisbane International.

Here is all you need to know about the 2024 US Open:

How to watch the 2024 Australian Open

  • Dates: Jan. 13-27
  • Where: Melbourne Park, Australia
  • Watch: ESPN, ABC, Tennis Channel
  • Stream: fubo (try for free)

Men’s seeding

  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  2. Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
  3. Daniil Medvedev (N/A)
  4. Jannik Sinner (ITA)
  5. Andrey Rublev (N/A)
  6. Alexander Zverev (GER)
  7. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
  8. Holger Rune (DEN)
  9. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
  10. Alex De Minaur (AUS)
  11. Casper Ruud (NOR)
  12. Taylor Fritz (USA)
  13. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  14. Tommy Paul (USA)
  15. Karen Khachanov (N/A)
  16. Ben Shelton (USA)
  17. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
  18. Nicolas Jarry (CHL)
  19. Cameron Norrie (GBR)
  20. Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
  21. Ugo Humbert (FRA)
  22. Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)
  23. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
  24. Jan-Lennard Struff (GER)
  25. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
  26. Sebastian Baez (ARG)
  27. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
  28. Tallon Griekspoor (NLD)
  29. Sebastian Korda (USA)
  30. Tomas Martin Etcheverry (ARG)
  31. Alexander Bublik (KAZ)
  32. Jiri Lehecka (CZE)

Women’s seeding

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL)
  2. Aryna Sabalenka (N/A)
  3. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
  4. Coco Gauff (USA)
  5. Jessica Pegula (USA)
  6. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
  7. Marketa Vondrousova (CZE)
  8. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  9. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
  10. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
  11. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  12. Qinwen Zheng (CHN)
  13. Liudmila Samsonova (N/A)
  14. Daria Kasatkina (N/A)
  15. Veronika Kudermetova (N/A)
  16. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
  17. Ekaterina Alexandrova (N/A)
  18. Victoria Azarenka (N/A)
  19. Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  20. Magda Linette (POL)
  21. Donna Vekic (HRV)
  22. Sorana Cirstea (ROU)
  23. Anastasia Potapova (N/A)
  24. Anhelina Kalinina (UKR)
  25. Elise Mertens (BEL)
  26. Jasmine Paolini (ITA)
  27. Emma Navarro (USA)
  28. Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
  29. Zhu Lin (CHN)
  30. Wang Xinyu (CHN)
  31. Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
  32. Leylah Fernandez (CAN)

Men’s semifinal matches:

  • No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 4 Jannik Sinner
  • TBD

Men’s quarterfinal matches:

  • No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. No. 12 Taylor Fritz, 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
  • No. 2 Carlos Alcaraz vs. No. 6 Alexander Zverev
  • No. 3 Daniil Medvedev vs. No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz
  • No. 4 Jannik Sinner def. No. 5 Andrey Rublev, 6-4,7-6 (7-5), 6-3

Women’s semifinal matches:

  • No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No. 4 Coco Gauff
  • TBD

Women’s quarterfinal matches:

  • No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 9 Barbora Krejcikova, 6-2, 6-3
  • No. 4 Coco Gauff def. Marta Kostyuk, 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
  • No. 12 Qinwen Zheng vs. Anna Kalinskaya
  • Dayana Yastremska vs. Linda Noskova

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