Trump wasn’t happy. “Even though I refused to pay a ridiculous price for the Buffalo Bills, I would have produced a winner. Now that won’t happen,” Trump tweeted seven years ago.
After the 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over world No.5 Svitolina on Monday, Pegula penned a simple message on the host broadcaster’s camera before leaving the court: “Hi mom and dad.”
Quizzed, once again, about the role of her parents in her life the world No.61 said: “They’ve been obviously the main support system my whole life. They’re always the first to text me, watch all my matches. Not just my parents, but my brother and my sisters, as well.
“I wrote my sister’s name last time. My dad was like, When are you going to write my name? They’re happy he got a shout-out today. They’re really happy.”
Her opponent in the final eight, Ashleigh Barty’s doubles partner Brady , has overcome the adversity of pre-tournament hard lockdown to get this far, Croatia’s Donna Vekic a straight-sets victim for Brady on Monday.
In terms of how she managed the restrictions she faced pre-Open, 25-year-old Brady said she simply coped with her predicament.
“Tennis Australia provided us with a bike, the last few days I had a treadmill. I had weights, I was able to train, to work out,” Brady said.
“It was a small hotel room but, you know, I was able to do all that I needed to do to stay as fit as possible.
“If I started feeling bad for myself or if I started complaining, it would have made the 14 days a lot harder that it was.”
While the United States will have at least three representatives in the women’s quarters, including Serena Williams in pursuit of 24 major titles, it’s a comparable pattern of dominance for Russia in the men’s draw.
Two of the most in-form players in the game, world No.4 Daniil Medvedev and fellow leading player Andrey Rublev, have set up a final-eight showdown after convincing wins on Monday. Rublev had a walkover when up two-sets-to-love against Norway’s Casper Ruud.
In the quarters, they joined a countryman, qualifier and tournament bolter Aslan Karatsev, who on Sunday set up his quarter-final against Grigor Dimitrov.
Medvedev, 25, is riding an 18-match winning streak to the quarter-finals, while 23-year-old Rublev, it must be remembered, won five ATP titles in 2020, continuing his impressive pre-pandemic form with a run of tournament wins when tennis resumed late in the year.
2019 US Open finalist Medvedev, who now has a career-best result at Melbourne Park, partnered Rublev all the way to the ATP Cup team’s trophy for Russia this month but said their friendship would have no impact on how he approaches Wednesday’s quarter-final.
“You’re not going to give two games at the end to say, he’s my close friend, I’m going to give him two games. If you have to win 7-6 in the fifth, you’re going to try to make it. Same for him,” said Medvedev after beating American Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets.
“As I say, after the match or before the match, unless there’s a huge fight during the match, which I doubt, one of us is going to say congrats to another one. We’ll be disappointed with the result, but we’ll move on and have many more matches to come.
Victories for Medvedev, Rublev and world No.2 Rafael Nadal on Monday have ensured that the quarter-finalists in the bottom half of the men’s draw are all top-10 players.
Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced to the quarter-finals to play Nadal after Matteo Berrettini withdrew from their clash.
In the women’s draw, Pegula and Brady are in the same half as Queenslander Barty. The world No.1 has a fourth-round assignment against unseeded American Shelby Rogers, kicking off the Rod Laver Court action on Monday night.
Scott Spits is a sports reporter for The Age