MELBOURNE, Australia – Sometimes the entree is better than the main course. And sometimes the opener is so fantastic, you do not even need anything else.
On a Saturday menu featuring Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic, the fans who packed Rod Laver Arena for the first match of the day witnessed the best match of the Australian Open so far, men or women, while Simona Halep and Lauren Davis ran from one side to the other, back and forth, up and down until, fortunately, one of them fell.
3 hours, 45 The forty-minute match lasted 48 games, tying the battle between the American Chanda Rubin and Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario in 1996 in the most at the Australian Open at the Open.
The pre-classified American Lauren Davis took the No. 1 Simona Halep to 48 games before Halep claimed the victory. Those 48 games are tied for the most games in the Women's Open in the Open Era.
Go ahead, ask Lauren Davis about her heartbreaking defeat against Simona Halep and she will tell you that everything is fine. It is that attitude that will push her to new heights.
"It made me feel tired once again," said Rubin, who called the match for the Australian Open Radio.  The final set lasted only 2 hours, 22 minutes, as both women pushed their bodies to the limit. Davis, an American ranked 76, but as tall as 26 last summer, had his toe soiled on each foot, while Halep struggled with cramps at the end of the game. Somehow, Halep, the number 1 in the world, saved three match points in an eventual victory 4-6, 6-4, 15-13. "Honestly, I thought everything was over at that time, but it was good because I relaxed my armé and served those three balls very well," Halep said. "And then he took the medical examination [timeout]." I had time to calm down, I had come to believe again, to return to my mind.
"And I also found more energy after that three-minute break. But at 13, when I took the game, I said it was my lucky number, so now it will be two in a row. "
The match ended when Davis sent in a right hand, standing ovation inside Rod Laver Arena was Long and noisy, and deserved.
"I've never played a game like that in the third set before," Davis said. "We were both fighting, and, I mean, each point was very long. I got to the point where I was so tired, I told myself that I should move and move and, in general, it was very effective. That third set was nothing like what I had played before, such an amazing atmosphere. "
Realistically, no one expected drama in this game, and certainly not in this measure.Sometimes, it was like watching the computer game Pong, where the ball returns no matter where it is hit -6, Halep is one of the shortest players on the tour, but Davis is on the list of 5-2, what they lack in height, they compensate at an amazing speed, recovering everything that crossed their path
In total, there were 61 rallies of nine or more shots, and both players ran only 2.5 miles on the court, leaving both women shattered.
"It was definitely a very tough match," Halep said. I never played the third set for so long. . I am very happy to be able to stay and win it. I'm almost dead. "
Hardly.In two days, the world number one will return to the court.And for your sake, hopefully not feel the effects on Saturday's marathon.