Ilia Malinin can complete the U.S. puzzle at Grand Prix Finland; TV, live stream schedule – NBC Sports

American Ilia Malinin opened the Grand Prix figure skating season five weeks ago by becoming the youngest man to win Skate America, and doing it in style with a quadruple Axel. It remains the highlight performance of the fall going into the last Grand Prix event in Finland this week.
Malinin, the 17-year-old world junior champion, remains the top-ranked man this year by his best total score from Skate America.
He will qualify for December’s Grand Prix Final, which takes the top six per discipline from the six-event Grand Prix Series, by finishing in the top four (and possibly even fifth) in Finland. That would set up a showdown at the Final with world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who ranks second in the world this season (just .61 of a point behind Malinin).
Malinin is part of a larger American story within figure skating this season. In the absence of skaters from Russia (banned for the war in Ukraine) and China (top athletes didn’t enter the Grand Prix Series), the U.S. is on the verge of qualifying into the Grand Prix Final in all four disciplines for the first time in 15 years.
Isabeau Levito, also a reigning world junior champion, plus the pairs’ teams of Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier and Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe and ice dancers Madison Chock and Evan Bates already clinched spots.
Another American ice dance couple, Skate America silver medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, will join them with a podium this week. Canadians Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, the world’s top-ranked ice dance couple, are also in the Finland field.
The women’s event may be the most intriguing with two who won Grand Prix events already this fall (world silver medalist Loena Hendrickx of Belgium and Japan’s Mai Mihara) and two with Grand Prix Final experience on the comeback trail (2018 Grand Prix Final winner Rika Kihira of Japan and two-time U.S. champion Bradie Tennell).
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Andy Murray won match point at 4:05 a.m. at the Australian Open in Melbourne, beating Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second-latest finish in Grand Slam tennis history.
Murray, a 35-year-old, five-time Australian Open runner-up who nearly retired at this event four years ago, won 4-6, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5), 6-3, 7-5 over the Australian Kokkinakis in 5 hours, 45 minutes, the longest match of his career.
“Unbelievable that I managed to turn that around,” Murray said on court. “I have a big heart.
“Everyone, including me, I think we should all get off to bed now.”
The latest finish in Grand Slam history was 4:34 a.m. — when Lleyton Hewitt outlasted Marcos Baghdatis in the 2008 Australian Open third round 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-3.
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Murray-Kokkinakis moved into the No. 2 spot ahead of a 2007 Australian Open first-round match that ended at 3:34 a.m. Italian Andreas Seppi beat American Bobby Reynolds 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3.
This was also the second-longest Australian Open match ever by time — eight minutes shy of the 2012 final won by Novak Djokovic over Nadal.
The latest Grand Slam finish outside of the Australian Open happened at last year’s U.S. Open. Carlos Alcaraz extinguished Jannik Sinner at 2:50 a.m. in the quarterfinals en route to the title.
Somehow, Murray must get back on the court for a third-round match against No. 24 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. It was Bautista Agut who beat Murray at the 2019 Australian Open, which many thought would send Murray into retirement due to a hip injury.
Murray underwent surgery not knowing if it would alleviate the problem enough for him to return. It was successful, but the three-time Slam champion and former No. 1 hasn’t gotten past the third round of a major since.
Murray has played more than 10 hours combined in his first two matches at this Australian Open. He beat No. 13 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in 4 hours, 49 minutes, in a five-set, first-round match.
“Let’s hope I can keep going here, but I need to keep recovering now,” Murray said.
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At the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic can win a men’s record-extending 10th Australian Open title and tie Rafael Nadal for the most men’s major singles titles in history.
Djokovic was PointsBet Sportsbook’s pre-tournament favorite despite being seeded fourth after missing last year’s Australian Open and U.S. Open because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
His stock in Melbourne has only risen after Nadal, the defending champion and top seed, was injured and ousted in the second round by American Mackenzie McDonald. The next day, the No. 2 seed, Norwegian Casper Ruud, was knocked out by American Jenson Brooksby.
Djokovic won three consecutive Australian Opens after a fourth-round defeat in 2018. He is bidding to move one shy of the overall record 11 Australian Open singles titles held by Margaret Court and become the second man to win any major 10 times.
The other man to do it is of course Nadal, who owns 14 French Open crowns. Nadal also owns the men’s record 22 Grand Slam singles titles overall, just one ahead of Djokovic.
Last year, Nadal won the Australian Open on the heels of a chronic foot injury that had him questioning coming back to tennis at all. He also overcame foot problems to win the French Open, then reach the Wimbledon semifinals before withdrawing with an abdominal muscle tear.
Starting with his U.S. Open fourth-round defeat, Nadal went 1-6 in his seven matches leading into the Australian Open. He beat Jack Draper in the first round this year, but was swept by McDonald amid a hip injury in the second round.
This is the first Australian Open since Roger Federer‘s retirement. Also missing: the injured world No. 1 and U.S. Open champion Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who at 19 became the youngest men’s Grand Slam champion since Nadal’s first title at the 2005 French Open.
No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, a three-time Australian Open semifinalist, is now the highest seed left in the draw. He is in the half opposite of Djokovic.
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