Australian Open 2021 day 6 Live: order of play,TV today, schedule and how to watch Nadal vs Norrie live stream
It was all going so well. The Australian Open was starting to make us feel like normality was back.
Yes there was social distancing, yes there were no line judges and yes there were lot of quite rusty players just out of quarantine, but when Nick Kyrgios started hitting winners and screaming at his player’s box, it felt like 2020 hadn’t happened at all.
Important Five match Tennis fan to be watched
Fabio Fognini  v Alex de Minaur 
Ash Barty  v Ekaterina Alexandrova 
Stefanos Tsitsipas  v Mikail Ymer
Karolina Muchova  v Karolina Pliskova 
Karen Khachanov  v Matteo Berrettini 
Then Covid-19, perhaps sensing a few people getting to comfortable, broke back. Premier Daniel Andrews was forced to announce a five-day lockdown in Melbourne, the timing of which saw the whole Rod Laver Arena crowd turfed out a few minutes before the conclusion of Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz.
There will be no crowds at Melbourne Park now until Thursday at the earliest, when only eight players across the two singles draws will remain, news could not keep them quiet on John Cain as Kyrgios nearly, so nearly, upset Dominic Thiem in five sets.
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What not to miss
The main advantage for UK viewers of having crowd noise in the stadia was to keep us awake when we might have been flagging.
There will be no such help for those going late on Friday night to watch the all Czech match-up between Karolina Muchova and Karolina Pliskova, kicking off at midnight. The former world No 1 Pliskova did not make it past the third round at any slam last year but was a 2019 semi-finalist, a pedigree her compatriot cannot boast, having never won a match at Melbourne Park before 2021.
For anyone who has transitioned to fully nocturnal for the Open, third on Rod Laver Arena the match between Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens, expected around 3.15am, features two fine shot-makers and should be an even affair.
If you can’t stay up all night though and would rather watch your tennis with a coffee and some halloumi on Saturday morning, there is plenty to digest. Karen Khachanov vs Matteo Berrettini is a “not before 6am” job, meaning it may be you only catch the latter stages of what should be a bomb-fest, but you can follow it up with Cam Norrie trying to upset a hobbling Rafael Nadal on Rod Laver around 9.15am.
Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi serves to United States’ Sofia Kenin during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.(AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Kanepi has already dispatched the 2020 champion (Photo: AP)
It was thought that quarantine might be a great leveller, with upsets galore and players of all calibre making the second week. In fact, much the opposite has been true, with the cream rising to the top and leaving plenty of seeds still in the draw.
Nevertheless, Kaia Kanepi first made the third round here in 2009, has never made it past this stage and would be a surprising fourth-rounder. No 28 seed Donna Vekic is hardly a frequent flyer in the second week either and ended 2020 in rotten form. Estonia’s No 2, who turns 35 this year and knocked out defending champion Sofia Kenin in the previous round, will fancy her chances.
How to watch the Australian Open in the UK
For viewers in the UK, the 2021 Australian Open will be shown exclusively on Eurosport from 8-21 February.
Eurosport 1 HD is channel 410 on Sky, 435 on BT and 521 on Virgin Media.
The tournament can also be streamed on eurosport.co.uk as well as the Eurosport app, with a monthly pass costing £6.99 and an annual pass £39.99. Eurosport can also be accessed through Amazon Prime. A free seven-day trial is possible, with the cost £6.99/month thereafter. Through Amazon Prime or the Eurosport Player, fans can watch action on every court as well as the mainstream coverage.
Rod Laver Arena
Karolina Muchova (25) vs Karolina Pliskova (6)
Filip Krajinovic (28) vs Daniil Medvedev (4)
Belinda Bencic (11) vs Elise Mertens (18)
Anett Kontaveit (21) vs Shelby Rogers
Cameron Norrie vs Rafael Nadal (2)
Margaret Court Arena
Yulia Putintseva (26) vs Elina Svitolina (5)
Kaia Kanepi vs Donna Vekic (28)
Andrey Rublev (7) vs Feliciano Lopez
Ash Barty (1) vs Ekaterina Alexandrova (29)
Fabio Fognini (16) vs Alex De Minaur (21)
John Cain Arena
Jessica Pegula vs Kristina Mladenovic
Jennifer Brady (22) vs Kaja Juvan
Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) vs Mikael Ymer
(Not before 6am) Karen Khachanov (19) vs Matteo Berrettini (9)
Casper Ruud (24) vs Radu Albot follows a doubles match due to start at midnight, expected on court at 1.15am
Lloyd Harris vs Mackenzie McDonald follows a doubles match due to start at midnight, expected on court at 1.15am
All updates and results
ATP Cup live stream 2021: how to watch tennis online from anywhere in the world
ATP Cup is annual 24 country team competition which feature of prize money of AU$22 million US$15 million. In this Inaugural Edition a maximum of 750 singles and 250 doubles ATP Ranking Points.
When and Where ATP Cup to be played on ?
How the ATP Cup will be played on ?
Dates: Tuesday, February 2 – Sunday, February 6
Day session start time: 10am AEDT / 11pm GMT / 6pm ET / 3pm PT
Evening session start time: 5.30pm AEDT / 6.30am GMT / 1.30am ET / 10.30pm PT
Venue: Melbourne Park, Melbourne
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ATP 250 events confirmed as not taking place in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic include the ASB Classic (Auckland) and the New York Open, while the Tata Maharashtra Open (Pune) is unable to stage in its scheduled February week.
The Rio Open presented by Claro, an ATP 500 event, will not take place as originally scheduled, and alternative dates in the calendar will be assessed for it to potentially take place later in the year.
Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman, said: “The reconfigured calendar for the start of the 2021 season represents a huge collaborative effort across tennis, under challenging circumstances. Together with the support of our tournament and player members, partners, and Tennis Australia, we have been able to adapt and create an exciting start to the season. Health and safety will continue to be paramount as we navigate the challenges ahead, and I want to thank everyone involved for their commitment to finding solutions to launch our 2021 season.”
The ATP will continue to assess opportunities for additional single-year licenses to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2021 and will communicate any additions once confirmed.
The ATP Challenger Tour season will begin the week of January 18, following the completion of Australian Open qualifying.
All the 12 Participated teams are divided into 4 groups of three for group stage and they are playing in round-robin format. The winners of each group will qualify for the semifinals.
Each of time will comprise two singles and one doubles game. Whichever country win two matches win the tie. Every participating nations will be guaranteed to play three ties in the group stage round. Singles will be best-of-three tie-break sets. Doubles will feature No-Ad scoring and a Match Tie-break in lieu of a third set.
Euro Golf Tour 2021: Saudi International powered by SoftBank
Defending champion Graeme McDowell is hoping the fond memories he has from winning round Royal Greens Golf & Country Club at last year’s Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers will be the catalyst to reviving his form and supercharging his 2021 season.
The European Tour tournament schedule for 2021, with Lee Westwood beginning his defence of the Race to Dubai title in Abu Dhabi, where he is also the defending champion.
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McDowell admitted at the time to being in inspired form as he began strongly in what was meant to be a Ryder Cup year. However, the season was halted soon after as the pandemic forced golf into a four-month break, pulling the handbrake on the 2010 US Open champion’s speedy start to the season.
After missing the cut in both European Tour events so far this year, McDowell is hoping he can dig deep and use the memories of last February to help him bounce back in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) and kick start his 2021 and his push for selection in this year’s European Ryder Cup team.
He said: “It was a nice victory at the time. I felt like I was starting to get a little bit of a head of steam up and starting to create some nice momentum and move in the right direction. Obviously that momentum didn’t get a chance to last very long, unfortunately.
“[It was my] first time here last year. Nice, windy track. Good golf course. Great facilities here. It fit my eye pretty well and like I say, it was really important to me at the time. The win got me back in the Top-50 in the world and got me in Augusta and opened a lot of doors for me.
“But like I said, obviously that four-month break, it broke my momentum a little bit, and I didn’t respond well when we came back in the summer. But listen, it’s nice to come back. Always nice to come back to a golf course where you have great memories. And like I say, I would love to get some of that momentum back again this week. That would be really, really awesome.”
He continued: “When you come to a place with good memories, it’s easy to visualize yourself being successful around a place when you’ve played well, and I think that’s one of the big things missing for me right now is that little bit of confidence and belief in my ability to make enough birdies to score well to compete.
“So I’d love to try and find something this week. It’s been a disappointing Middle East so far. I would dearly love to play well this week and get my season kicked off.”
Two players to have enjoyed this year’s ‘Desert Swing’ have been Englishmen Tyrrell Hatton — who won in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago — and Paul Casey, who claimed his 21st career win in Dubai at the weekend.
Both players are competing in Saudi Arabia this week and are hoping to continue that form in an event they both admit has a lot at stake.
Hatton, who ranks in the OWGR at No. 7, said: “This week we’ve got huge World Ranking points on offer. It’s an added incentive, I guess — a little bit more motivation. We’ve got Ryder Cup points to play for. So there’s plenty of things this week that you’re motivated for, and it will certainly be a great event to have a really good week.
“I’ll be trying my best to do that and looking forward to getting started on Thursday.”
Casey, speaking after enjoying his first taste of the Red Sea coastal course, admitted that he was blown away by the depth of the field competing in the Kingdom this week. He said: “Cracking-looking golf course. I’m here to try and play and beat an unbelievable field.
“Even today, learning about some of the guys who are here this week. I’m not one to necessarily look at entry lists to see who is playing week-in, week-out, but it’s stacked! We’re going to have huge World Ranking points. I’m excited to get stuck in.”
What television channel can I watch the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers on in the UK? This tournament will be televised live on Sky Sports Golf (channel 405)
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Investment Advisers in the UK? This tournament can be streamed live via the Sky Go app
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What is the course yardage at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club? 7,010 yards
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What is the predicted weather for the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers? 22-26c with sunshine forecast for all four days with a light breeze and a chance of showers on Friday.