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Australian Open LIVE – Day 8 schedule of play: Djokovic vs Minaur LIVE – Rublev beat Rune, Sabalenka BEAT Bencic (7-5, 6-2), Linette beat Garcia (7-6, 6-4): Australian Open 2023 is proving to be day of UPSETS. 4TH seed Caroline Garcia has been sent packing by little known Magda Linette in straight sets. Aryna Sabalenka & Karolina Pliskova have also made it to the LAST-8. Sabalenka defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets, while Pliskova beat Zhang Shuai of China. Novak Djokovic will play local hope Alex De Minaur for place in LAST-8 & 5TH Seed Andrey Rublev takes on Holger Rune in HIGH PROFILE clashes today. Follow Australian Open DAY-8 LIVE & AO2023 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

 

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Day 8 schedule of play – Last 16 BATTLES Match Timings (IST Timings)

Women Singles LAST-16

  • Aryna Sabalenka BEAT Belinda Bencic: 7-5, 6-2
  • Magda Linette BEAT Caroline Garcia: 7-6, 6-4
  • Donna Vekic BEAT Linda Fruhvirtova: 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
  • Karolina Pliskova BEAT Zhang Shuai: 6-0, 6-4
Men’s Singles LAST-16
  • Ben Shelton vs J.J Wolf – 6-7, 6-2 – 3rd set IN PROGRESS
  • Andrey Rublev LEADS Holger Rune – 6-3, 3-6, 6-34TH Set IN PROGRESS
  • Roberto Bautista Agut  vs Tommy Paul – 10:30AM
  • Alex Di Minaur vs Novak Djokovic – 1:30PM
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Australian Open Day 8 LIVE: Novak Djokovic to face Alex de Minaur son, Andrey Rublev defeats Holger Rune, Linette UPSETS 4th seed Garcia, Sabalenka, Pliskova through to LAST-8: Follow AUS Open LAST-16 Matches LIVE

Alex de Minaur [22] v Novak Djokovic [4] – First Meeting

In the majority of circumstances, Djokovic is seen as the crystal-clear favourite. But these are not usual circumstances.

“Of course, it’s a big challenge of playing an Aussie guy here in front of his home crowd. I’m sure that the atmosphere will be electric, and he’s going to have a lot of support, and he’s going to be pumped to try to win the match,” stated Djokovic. 

“But I’ve had experiences before. I played Lleyton Hewitt here. I played some big Aussie players, so I know how that feels.

“The fact that I never faced him is also challenging for both me and him. I’ve watched him play numerous times. I know how he plays. Let’s see what happens.”

For de Minaur, it’s a simple game plan. The patriotic 23-year-old is going to leave it all out there.

“As a kid growing up, those are the stages you want to be playing on,” stated the world No.24. 

“I’m not going to read into too much of that injury. Ultimately, he’s one of the best players in the world, and I’m just going to have to take it to him and not shy away from the occasion. 

“I’m going to make sure to make it as tough as I can, and just bring the recent experience I’ve had on court and how I’ve been feeling. I will get fired up, get the crowd behind me, and I’ll definitely have a good time.”

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Andrey Rublev [5] vs Holger Rune [9) – Head to head: 0-1

The fascinating battles keep on coming. Rublev has dusted off a disappointing double first round exit in Adelaide to launch into top form in Melbourne. The 25-year-old has been in ‘ruthless Rublev’ mode, dismissing the high calibre of Dominic Thiem, Emil Ruusuvouri and Dan Evans by dropping one set.

Monday represents a step up. Rune became a household name in 2022 from his Grand Slam exploits and cracking the top 10 after lifting the Paris Masters trophy. During that title run, the Danish teenager took down Rublev in straight sets. 

“He’s a young guy, super talented. He had nothing to lose because he was just going from underdog position all the time. But this year, we’ll see,” suggested Rublev. 

“It’s going to be challenging for him, and I have nothing to lose against him next time, because he was the one who won our first match, so he will feel a bit pressure that he would like to win again.”
Rune has his sights set on a second major quarterfinal (Getty Images)

Rublev as the underdog is a dangerous proposition. Rune already has the tools to take down anyone. This is a real 50-50.

Roberto Bautista Agut [24] v Tommy Paul – Head to head: 3-1

Experience is the name of the game for ‘RBA.’ The Spaniard fended off a classic Andy Murray comeback to become the favourite to reach the semifinals from the bottom quarter.

Bautista Agut’s record over the clean-striking Paul indicates the 34-year-old will progress, however the American youngster secured a 6-4 6-4 scoreline over the world No.25 last time out at the Paris Masters.

Who can send out a signal of intent to drive towards the semifinals?
Bautista Agut put the brakes on Murray’s marathon run (Getty Images)

Ben Shelton v J.J. Wolf – First meeting

Forget any previous tournaments or records; this is about the here and now. What an opportunity for this American duo. World No.89 Shelton, on his first trip outside the USA, has been relentless on serve and will need that weapon again to outmuscle the rocket-fuel game of world No.67 Wolf.

With so much at stake, it will come down to who can manage the occasion, and who can play freely enough to replicate their current Melbourne Park form. 

Aryna Sabalenka vs Belinda Bencic: 5:30AM – Their head-to-head record stands at one win apiece

Sabalenka has extended her winning ways Down Under to eight straight victory. She notched her maiden Australian Open quarterfinal at the expense of Olympic champion Belinda Bencic

Despite a slow start, the fifth seed was again a master of composure under pressure as she produced a 7-5 6-2 victory.

“It takes me a little while to understand that negative emotions are not going to help you on court and you just have to stay strong and believe no matter what and do everything you can to get back on this court, just to win the match,” Sabalenka said.

“[I’m] just super happy with my mindset during the game today.”

She will square off against Croatian Donna Vekic for a place in the semifinals. Vekic overcame Czech teenager Linda Fruhvirtova in the LAST-16 clash.

Karolina Pliskova vs Zhang Shuai @ 7:30AM: The lone player remaining in the bottom half of the draw with experience in a Grand Slam singles final is former world No.1 Karolina Pliskova.

Pliskova pulled off one of the most memorable comebacks at the Australian Open in recent years, downing Serena Williams after trailing 5-1 and saving four match points in the third set of their quarterfinal in 2019.

The Czech, reunited with coach Sascha Bajin, missed last year’s Australian Open with a broken arm but hasn’t dropped a set through three rounds in 2023. 

China’s Zhang Shuai, Pliskova’s opponent on Monday, hasn’t beaten Pliskova in seven attempts. 

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