For de Minaur, his level-headed temperament is possibly more important than ever against an “absolute nut” who almost got hit with his opponent in the second round

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Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur are hearty favorites to make it through to the fourth round tonight, but both face opponents they have never met on tour before

Barty goes to Margaret Court Arena to begin the session on Saturday night For the first time he meets Ekaterina Alexandrova

Alexandrova is in good shape and didn’t do much wrong to start 2021 She defeated Simona Halep and Iga Swiatek in the run-up to her Australian Open campaign, in which she did not lose a set

Barty’s path to the Australian Open final has opened up even more than when the draw was announced Only one more top 10 seed (Elina Svitolina) is still on the way to the final

De Minaur will meet Fabio Fognini for the first time, an extremely talented player who during his career threatened to keep his promise but has not yet fulfilled it

Already polar opposites, de Minaur and Fognini’s temperament on the pitch were further emphasized in their victories in the second round

While de Minaur was technically skilled when he fired Argentine Pablo Cuevas, Fognini prevailed in a fifth set of marathons and won 14-12 in the tie-break match before almost beating his opponent and compatriot Salvatore Caruso after the match came

“He’s crazy talented, but you never know which Fabio will show up, and I think that’s a thing It’s the unknown with him when he shows up You don’t know what you’re going to get, “ex-player Sam Groth told Wide World of Sports

“He could show up and play some amazing tennis, I mean the guy is still 16 for a reason Seed here. His best tennis is unbelievable. But his best tennis depends on not being a total idiot that day ”

Barty wants to reach the fourth round of her home slam for the third time The semifinals of last year is her best result so far

De Minaur, who had to retire due to an injury before last year’s event, still has to complete the fourth round at Melbourne Park

Ash Barty won’t be wearing the heavy bandages that caused concern in her second round win over Daria Gavrilova as the world number one continues to claim she is fully fit

Barty had a heavy bandage on his left leg during the narrow win against Gavrilova on Thursday and looked visibly frustrated several times

Should Barty defeat Ekaterina Alexandrova, she will manage to reach at least the fourth round of her Home Slam for three consecutive years

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