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Matteo Berrettini of Italy came out of this section to reach the semis. But the final four men are all stars or superstars and all ranke...

Matteo Berrettini of Italy came out of this section to reach the semis. But the final four men are all stars or superstars and all ranked in the top eight. Berrettini and Stefanos Tsitsipas have both reached the Grand Slam final. Daniil Medvedev won the US Open last year, and Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest players in the sport’s long history and equal with Djokovic at 20 Grand Slam singles titles. So I think the men’s tournament has retained its legitimacy and interest, even if no one will ever be able to say that it was a full-fledged event in the absence of Djokovic.

I’m curious to know what you think of the way the Peng Shuai case has been handled by the tennis world. Do you think Australia’s response matches the general consensus or diverges?

Like so many things in tennis, the response has been far from unified. Power and governance are fragmented in the sport, with the WTA, ATP, International Tennis Federation and each of the four Grand Slam tournaments making their own actions and decisions. Although all of these entities have expressed concern for Peng’s safety, the only one committing to action is the WTA, the Women’s Tour, which has suspended its tournaments in China and called for a full Chinese investigation into Peng’s sexual assault allegations and an open line of communication with her.

Seen through this prism, Tennis Australia, which organizes the Australian Open, is no exception. But he has more at stake with China than other Grand Slam tournaments. He has a major Chinese sponsor, which has his name on one of the Australian Open show courts. Tennis Australia also has offices in China and has promoted Chinese tourism to the tournament. He also wants TV coverage in China, as the time difference with Europe and North America isn’t ideal for those broadcast windows.

The Australian Open bills itself as the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam, in part because it wants to block the emergence of any potential rivals for its Grand Slam status in the fast-growing region. But Tennis Australia, like the sport, is at a crossroads with China. Relations between Australia and China have deteriorated. Peng’s predicament and the censorship of his claims in China highlights the nature of the Chinese regime.

For now, unlike the WTA, Tennis Australia is playing a waiting game.

Back to the game. What has been your favorite game so far?

There are a few who will stay with me. Matteo Berrettini narrowly fended off dynamic 18-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in a fifth-set tiebreaker. France’s AlizĂ© Cornet is feeling the thrill of reaching her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final on her 63rd attempt with a grueling victory over Simona Halep. Rafael Nadal held on at 35 in the heat to defeat young Canadian Denis Shapovalov, who did not go easy, accusing the chair umpires of being “corrupt” for favoring Nadal and the biggest stars.

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