There was a big shock on Friday at the Australian Open as 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova defeated 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 6-2 in a little over an hour. On The Tennis Podcast, presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport, Amazon Prime) revel in the nature of Anisimova’s victory.
What is it about Anisimova’s game that’s so impressive? Could she possibly go on and win the whole tournament? She faces Petra Kvitova next, whom she beat at Indian Wells last year.
If she does win the title, she will become the first teenager since Maria Sharapova in 2006 to win a Grand Slam. Sharapova’s victory over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is discussed.
Elsewhere, Law and Whitaker agree there was sense of “man against boy” as Rafael Nadal dominated Alex de Minaur in the night session. Is Nadal playing better than expected? Did the result tell us anything we didn’t know about De Minaur?
Roger Federer was also a comfortable winner on Friday. But will he have his work cut out against Stefanos Tsitsipas?