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Australian Open 2021: Who to watch on Day 10

Heading down to the Australian Open today? Here's everything you need to know!

The Australian Open enters Day 10 today, with fans allowed back into the crowd just in time for a host of blockbuster semifinals!

The Melbourne Park precinct will now move into a single fan zone, meaning fans are able to head anywhere throughout to soak up the electric atmosphere.

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Rod Laver Arena

The main action will take place on Rod Laver Arena, beginning with the two women’s Semifinals in the Day session.

Tickets begin at just $94, with a mixed doubles Quarter Final on court first. Aussies Matthew Ebden and Sam Stosur will take on Hayley Carter and Sander Gille.

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From here, the women’s Semifinal action begins with two powerhouses of the game in Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

Both former Champions of this tournament, each has been next to unstoppable in their run to the final four, only dropping one set each throughout the Slam – setting up an extremely tantalising battle between the two big-hitters.

Following Williams and Osaka will be the second women’s Semifinal between 25th seed Karolina Muchova and 22ndseed Jennifer Brady.

Muchova knocked off world #1 Ash Barty in her last match, as well as sixth seed Karolina Pliskova and 18th seed Elise Mertens on her way to the Semifinals.

A Semi Finalist previously at the 2020 US Open, this clash should again be an entertaining battle between two young stars!

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The evening session will see world #1 Novak Djokovic in action. The eight-time and reigning Australian Open Champion is desperate to add another to his collection.

He will face qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who has done the seemingly impossible and reached the Semifinals in just his first Grand Slam. 

Certainly not a one-hit wonder, the giant killer has taken several massive scalps in this tournament alone, his list including: Grigor Dimitrov (18th seed), Felix Auger Aliassime (20th seed) and Diego Schwartzman (eighth seed).

Can he add one more to the list?

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WHAT'S HAPPENED AT THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN SO FAR:

DAY FIVE:

The Australian Open is in full swing now, as we head into round 3 on Day 5 of the tournament.

Rod Laver Arena

Tickets to Rod Laver Arena today begin at just $86, with some massive name stars ready to take the court.

In a battle of the young guns, seventh seed 22-year-old Aryna Sabalenka faces 20-year-old American Ann Li first up.

Serena Williams follows, taking on Anastasia Potapova, with both players yet to drop a set in the tournament thus far. Another next-gen talent, 19-year-old Potapova is sure to take it right up to Williams, after dispatching of 24th seed Alison Riske with ease 6-2, 6-1 in the first round.

Next up sees sixth seed Alex Zverev taking on 32nd seed Adrian Mannarino, another one who has cruised to the third round without dropping a set. After reaching the Semi Finals in 2020, Zverev is still searching for his maiden Major after falling to Dominic Thiem in the Final of the US Open last year.

The night session only gets juicier, with world number 2 Simona Halep searching for her third major, taking on young Russian 32nd seed Veronika Kudermetova.

World number 1 Novak Djokovic follows with 23-year-old 27th seed American Taylor Fritz standing in his way. Fritz has never reached the fourth round of a major before, and will certainly find the going tough with the 17-time Champion in his way.

Margaret Court Arena

Margaret Court Arena tickets begin at just $75 today, with another host of stars ready to go.

The theme of the next-gen continues with 21-year-old, 19th seed Marketa Vondrousova up first against Sorana Cirstea, who is coming off a massive upset knocking out ninth seed Petra Kvitova.

2020 Runner Up 14th seed Garbine Muguruza follows, taking on Zarina Diyas.

18th seed Grigor Dimitrov will then take on 15th seed Pablo Carreno Busta. Both men are in fine form heading in after Dimitrov took out 2018 finalist Marin Cilic in straight sets in Round 1, while Carreno Busta did the same to former world #4 Kei Nishikori.

The night session will see the two top Canadian men go head-to-head with 11th seed Denis Shapovalov taking on 20th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. The two young stars will both be looking to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time ever.

15th seed Iga Swiatek follows, taking on Fiona Ferro who has already knocked out 17th seed Elena Rybakina in the second round.

John Cain Arena

Allocation to John Cain Arena is almost exhausted, with everyone keen to see Nick Kyrgios take on Dominic Thiem in the evening match.

The day’s play sees Hsieh Su-Wei face Sara Errani, before third seed and past Champion Naomi Osaka takes on 27th seed Ons Jabeur.

Eighth seed Diego Schwartzman follows, facing Aslan Karatsev, who has breezed to the third round without dropping a set.

Kyrgios v third seed Thiem will be the final match on court, and it’s sure to be an absolute blockbuster.

DAY FOUR:

Day 4 of the Australian Open gets underway today, with a host of Aussies in action and looking for a Round 3 berth.

Rod Laver Arena

Tickets to Rod Laver Arena today start at just $49, beginning with sixth seed Karolina Pliskova taking on American Danielle Collins.

World number 1 Ash Barty follows, taking on fellow Australian Daria Gavrilova.

Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas closes out the day’s play on RLA, taking on another Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. We love a comeback story, and watching Kokkinakis – sidelined by injury – break down into tears after snaring his first Australian Open win since 2015 surely saw him win over some undecided fans. But Tsitsipas will enter this match-up as the heavy favourite.

The evening session begins with 16-year-old wunderkind Coco Gauff taking on fifth seed Elina Svitolina, followed by the world number 2, Rafael Nadal.

Margaret Court Arena

Two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova is first on Margaret Court Arena, taking on eleventh seed Belinda Bencic – a tantalising second round clash.

2020 Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin then takes to the court. On the hunt to defend her title, she’ll go up in-form Estonian Kaia Kanepi – who was victorious in the pair’s only prior meeting in 2018, and sent seeds Aryna Sabalenka, Karolina Muchova and Ekaterina Alexandrova packing in last week’s Gippsland Trophy.

Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini rounds out the day, taking on Czech Tomas Machac.

In the evening session, Australian Alex De Minaur is looking in career-best form after missing the 2020 Open, and will face Argentinian Pablo Cuevas, a former top 15 star.

Again, the Australians take centre stage today, with Sam Stosur closing out play on Margaret Court Arena tonight, taking on American Jessica Pegula.

All Margaret Court Arena zone ticket holders are able to access the outside courts this year, with more Australians in action – Alexei Popyrin and Chris O’Connell – as well as plenty of other stars including Elise Mertens and Karen Khachanov.

John Cain Arena

Tickets to John Cain Arena will treat you to four matches of Grand Slam action, with prices starting at just $49.

Today’s action kicks off with ATP Cup Champion and seventh seed, Andrey Rublev, before a match-up between Anett Kontaveit, the 21st seed and Heather Watson.

Italian sixteenth seed Fabio Fognini will then face his fellow countryman Salvatore Caruso, before another ATP Cup Champion, fourth seed Daniil Medvedev takes on Roberto Carballes Baena.

DAY THREE:

The world’s best are ready to go as we head into Day 3 of the 2021 Australian Open. Here’s who you can catch on court today!

Rod Laver Arena

You can’t much better value than $65 to see Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic go to work in a Grand Slam!

Eighth seed Bianca Andreescu opens the action on court, before Williams takes on Croatian Nina Stojanovic in their Round 2 clash.

World number 1 Novak Djokovic follows, but he will have his work cut out for him with young American Frances Tiafoe standing in his way. Tiafoe has already been a top 30 player, as well as an Australian Open Quarter Finalist in 2019.

The night session on Rod Laver Arena continues to serve up a treat, with fan-favourite and former AO Champion #3 Naomi Osaka up first! The Japanese sensation takes on the French former World No. 4, who is on the comeback trail. Garcia has a track record of eliminating seeds at majors, but Osaka has played near-flawless tennis since arriving Down Under. It’s sure to be an epic battle.

Fiery German sixth seed Alex Zverev follows, taking on American Maxime Cressy.

Margaret Court Arena

On Margaret Court Arena, tickets start at just $56 today, beginning with seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka.

Ninth seed Petra Kvitova will then face Sorana Cirstea in their second round match-up.

Third seed Dominic Thiem follows on Margaret Court Arena, taking on Dominik Koepfer.

The night session sees Australian Ajla Tomjlanovic in a massive battle against second seed Simona Halep.

Continuing with the Aussie flavour, you can then see Alex Bolt on court against 18th seed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Dimitrov, a former world #3, has been a Semi Finalist at the tournament before, setting up what should be a scintillating match against the Australian.

Tickets to the Margaret Court Arena zone will also score you access to 1573 Arena and the remainder of the outside courts.

Big names on the cards today include eighth seed Diego Schwartzman, as well as 2020 Runner Up Garbine Muguruza!

Australians James Duckworth and Bernard Tomic will both be in action against seeded Canadians in Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov respectively.

John Cain Arena

From just $49, the same as a ground pass in previous years, you will be treated to four amazing matches on John Cain Arena.

Today’s action begins with Stan Wawrinka, before Venus Williams faces former World No. 5, Italian Sara Errani. The pair haven’t met since the 2014 US Open, when the Italian toughed out a third set tie-break to notch her first win over the American, but Williams – a finalist here in 2003 and 2017 – is looking to halt Errani’s comeback.

Third on court will be 15th seed Iga Swiatek against Italian Camila Giorgi. Swiatek, the 19 year-old reigning Roland Garros champion, enters this battle on a 16-set winning streak at majors, but after a breezy first round win, the Italian will be out with something to prove.

The final match of the day sees Aussie star Nick Kyrgios in action against 29th seed Ugo Humbert! Possibly the match of the day, the former number 13 will have to be at his scintillating best to overcome the young Frenchman – Umbert had the ninth-best season of any ATP World Tour player in 2020, with titles in Auckland and Antwerp, and top 10 wins over Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev.

DAY TWO:

Day 2 of the Australian Open is stacked with big names, including Rafa Nadal, Ash Barty and Stefanos Tsitsipas all in action.

Rod Laver Arena

Kenin, Nadal, Barty, Tsitsipas. See these massive names on Rod Laver Arena today, with tickets still available from $62.

The day’s play begins with reigning Australian Open Champion Sofia Kenin, currently world number four, taking on Australian Maddison Inglis.

Fifth seed Elin Svitolina then takes the court, before world number 2 Rafael Nadal faces Croatian Laslo Djere.

The night action sees our Champion number 1 Ash Barty in action, before fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has his work cut out for him against former top 10 player Gilles Simon.

Margaret Court Arena

The action on Margaret Court Arena is just as enticing, with 2020 Finalist Garbine Muguruza opening the day’s play, followed by Victoria Azarenka.

ATP Cup Champion for Russia and fourth seed Daniil Medvedev then takes to the court against former top 25 Canadian, Vasek Pospisil.

The night session pits the big-serving Kevin Anderson against ninth seed Italian Matteo Berrettini in what may be one of the first round’s tightest affairs.

Hometown favourite Daria Gavrilova will then take over Margaret Court Arena, facing Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.

The Margaret Court Arena zone will also grant you access to 1573 Arena and the outside courts, where you can see names such as Roberto Bautista Agut, Karolina Pliskova, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Belinda Bencic and David Goffin.

John Cain Arena

John Cain Arena will treat you to four matches, with tickets starting at just $49, including a host of Aussies and next-gen talent.

23-year-old seventh seed and ATP Cup Champion Andrey Rublev is up first, followed by 16-year-old Coco Gauff, who Australians fell in love with after reaching the fourth round in AO 2020, before repeating the feat at Wimbledon.

Australian Alex De Minaur follows, taking on Tennys Sandgren who reached the Quarter Finals in 2020.

The final match of the day sees two Aussies go head-to-head as Sam Stosur comes up against Destanee Aiava.

DAY ONE:

Australian Open 2021 is here. The tournament kicks off today with a packed schedule of matches – here are some of the match ups you don’t want to miss.

The Australian Open 2021 has a new game plan to ensure the safety of everyone onsite this year. The precinct will be divided into three zones, each including one of the three major arenas and offering its own unique combination of world-class tennis action, live entertainment, and local food, drink, and dining options that pay tribute to our diverse and talented local communities.

Rod Laver Arena

With tickets starting at just $62, the number of superstars you can witness today on Rod Laver Arena is mouth-watering/

AO-2019 champion and current third seed Naomi Osaka opens the day, taking on Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Unbeaten since February 2020, Osaka’s preference for hard courts might see her have an advantage. But she can expect a fierce battle from the Russian, who has reached three of her six career Grand Slam quarterfinals here in Melbourne. 

Ao-2019 champion and current third seed Naomi Osaka opens the day, taking on Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Unbeaten since February 2020, Osaka’s preference for hard courts might see her have an advantage. But she can expect a fierce battle from the Russian, who has reached three of her six career Grand Slam quarterfinals here in Melbourne.

Arguably the greatest of all time, Serena Williams, follows, up against German Laura Siegemund. Aiming to conquer Slam #24 by going up against the 51st-ranked Siegemund – William is 2-0 head-to-head.

The final match of the Day session sees third seed in the men’s draw, Dominic Thiem facing off against Mikhail Kukushkin.

The evening session starts at just $65 a ticket, and it can’t get much better than world number 2 Simona Halep in action against Aussie Lizzie Cabrera, before world number 1 Novak Djokovic takes on former top 25 Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

Margaret Court Arena

Margaret Court Arena will play host to some of our favourite stars of the women’s draw with Venus Williams and Kirsten Flipkens kicking off Day 1, before 23rd seed Angelique Kerber faces Bernarda Pera.

Sixth seed Alex Zverev then hits the court to take on American Marcos Giron rounding out a mammoth day of action.

Tickets start from just $56.

Top-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov faces off against in-form Italian Jannik Sinner, who claimed the Great Ocean Road title on Sunday in the night’s final match-up. Expect scintillating shotmaking in this first-ever meeting between the pair.

John Cain Arena

There might not be any ground passes in 2021, you can still see a host of the world’s best from just $49 on John Cain Arena.

Catch four matches across the day, with today’s names including: Stan Wawrinka, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic, eighth seed Bianca Andreescu and Nick Kyrgios.

Grab your tickets to Australian Open 2021 now from Ticketmaster.com.au.