Rubin, Sela and Schwartzman beaten in Melbourne

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Rubin, Sela and Schwartzman beaten in Melbourne

Jewish trio all suffer second round defeats at Australian Open.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Noah Rubin congratulates Roger Federer after their second round clash on Wednesday morning. Picture: Peter Haskin/AJN
Noah Rubin congratulates Roger Federer after their second round clash on Wednesday morning. Picture: Peter Haskin/AJN

Noah Rubin, Dudi Sela and Diego Schwartzman all lost their second round matches at the Australian Open on Wednesday morning.

Rubin faced a daunting task in taking on Roger Federer, and although beaten in three sets, 7-5 6-3 7-6 in the main Rod Laver Arena, the 20-year-old made a lasting impression on the Swiss star.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner said afterwards: “I was very impressed by Noah. I thought he played really well. I feel like he’s going to have a great, consistent career. The question now is how far can he go. It’s so hard to tell with these youngsters because they just need time to mature and to get used to the tour and all that. I think there’s lots possible for him, I really do.”

Despite losing the first two sets, broken just the once in the first, Rubin had found himself serving for the third set. He tweeted afterwards: “It was an honor to be competing against Roger on the court, I was in his shadow today but it’s going to be a hell of a fun career.”

Earlier on Wednesday, Sela, Israel’s sole singles player who qualified for the main round of the tournament, saw his campaign come to an end after he was beaten by Slovakian Lukas Lacko. The Israeli got off to a flying start, winning the first set 6-2, but it all went downhill from there, as he lost the next three 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4.

The trio of defeats was completed as Argentine Schwartzman was also beaten in four sets, by Belgian Steve Darcis, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 4-6.

Their defeats, coupled with Italian Camila Giorgi’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 first round loss to Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky, ended Jewish player’s interest in the singles competition.

Thursday sees the start of the doubles competition, with Jonathan Erlich and American Scott Lipsky playing their first round clash against Russian duo Karen Khachanov and Andrey Kuznetsov.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: