The Latest: Nadal beats Mmoh in straight sets in Melbourne
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating United States' Michael Mmoh during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)MELBOURNE – The Latest from the Australian Open (all times local):11:50 p.m.Rafael Nadal shrugged off some heckling from a spectator before beating American qualifier Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian Open is the first major in a year to allow sizeable crowds with the government allowing up to 50% capacity. Ad___11:20 p.m.Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso clearly still hadn’t had enough of their all-Italian second-round duel at the Australian Open even after four hours and five sets. ___9:30 p.m.Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina beat 16-year-old Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-3 in the second round of the Australian Open.
Djokovic says he learned a 'big lesson' from US Open default
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)ROME – Novak Djokovic learned “a big lesson” after being disqualified from the U.S. Open for unintentionally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball. “I’m working mentally and emotionally as hard as I am working physically," Djokovic said Monday at the Italian Open. “I’m going to take this in as profound as possible for me as a big lesson. Nadal, who has a record nine titles in Rome, is on the opposite side of the draw from Djokovic. “Going to be a good test.”Like at the U.S. Open, players are being kept in a protective “bubble” and being tested frequently for the coronavirus.