Aus Open: Four talking points

Gael Monfils flew – literally – at the Australian Open on Monday as Victoria Azarenka turned her attention to the NFL. What an interesting day at the Australian Open.

Published : Jan 25, 2016 19:59 IST , Melbourne

Frenchman Gael Monfils in action at the Australian Open
Frenchman Gael Monfils in action at the Australian Open

Frenchman Gael Monfils in action at the Australian Open

Yet another day packed with events off and on the court. We look at the major talking points from Melbourne.  

Flying Gael

Monfils reached the Australian Open quarter-finals for the first time with a four-set win over Andrey Kuznetsov. But in the process of doing so, the entertaining Frenchman risked injury thanks to his characteristically flamboyant style. Monfils flung himself to his right to try and reach a return, needing treatment on his hand after the acrobatic dive.

Aza's Broncos

Azarenka may have booked her spot in the last eight with a straight-sets win over Barbora Strycova, but she had other things on her mind in the immediate aftermath.

"Tell me, did the [Denver] Broncos win?" Azarenka asked in an on-court interview.

"Yes!" she screamed after being told that Peyton Manning and his men had overcome the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in the NFL.

To Super Bowl 50 they go.

Mixed doubles interest

The early rounds – and even the latter stages – of mixed doubles at the Australian Open rarely draw attention.

But it did on Monday after a New York Times report saying one website had suspended betting on a match the day prior due to suspicious activity.

Media crammed into one of Melbourne Park's smaller interview rooms to speak to a pair, who had won the day prior and were surprised by the crowd.

Ok, maybe the attention was not for the right reasons.

Stan gets angry about shoes

Milos Raonic may have timed his change of shoes just perfectly as it threatened to unsettle Stan Wawrinka during their fourth-round clash.

The Canadian opted for a change after the opening game of the fourth set, much to the annoyance of Swiss two-time grand slam champion Wawrinka.

Wawrinka complained to chair umpire Pascal Maria, but had no success.

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