In his second game at this Australian Open, Daniil Medvedev got another victory in straight sets. The former world number 1 passed Australian John Millman with partials of 7/5, 6/2 and 6/2.
Finalist of the last two editions in Melbourne, Medvedev currently appears only in eighth place in the ranking and needs a good campaign to remain in the top 10 . His next opponent will come from the match between the American Sebastian Korda and the Japanese Yosuke Watanuki.
After a first half with many ups and downs and seven breaks of service, 4-3 for the Russian, Medvedev took control of the match. He would not face more break-points until the end of the game, and in the third set he conceded only four points in his service games, and managed two new breaks in each partial. The former number 1 made more than twice as many winners, 33 to 16, and made 32 errors against the Australian rival’s 40.
Another Russian player to advance to the third round of the Australian Open was Karen Khachanov. The former top 10 edged past local guest Jason Kubler 6/4, 5/7, 6/4, 6/2. Khachanov now faces American Frances Tiafoe, who knocked out 17-year-old Chinese Juncheng Shang 6-4 6-4 6-1.
Still for the second round, the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics passed the South African Lloyd Harris by 6/2, 6/3, 5/7 and 6/4. Fucsovics, ranked 78th, is the next opponent of Jannik Sinner, number 16 in the world. The Hungarian leads the historic by 2 to 1.
End of the first phase defines Djokovic’s rivals, Rublev and Zverev
Already in a delayed game of the first round, Novak Djokovic’s next opponent in Melbourne is defined. Nine times champion of the tournament, the Serbian will face the Frenchman coming from quali Enzo Couacaud, 191st in the ranking, executioner of the Bolivian Hugo Dellien by 6/4, 7/5 and 6/0. The confrontation is unprecedented on the circuit.
Also defined are the rivals of Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev. The German faces American Michael Mmoh, who beat France’s Laurent Lokoli 4/6, 2/6, 7/6 (9-7), 6/4, 6/2. The Russian faces Finnish Emil Ruusuvuori, who beat Australian Max Purcell by 4/6, 6/3, 6/4, 7/6 (13-11).
Who also debuted with victory was the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, seed 24, who beat the Portuguese João Sousa by 6/3, 6/2 and 6/2. Bautista Agut faces the American Brandon Holt in the second phase, who came from the quali and debuted in the main draw, beating the Australian Aleksandar Vukic by 6/4, 1/6, 6/3 and 6/3. Still this Wednesday, Richard Gasquet, champion in Auckland last week, lost a French duel to left-handed Ugo Humbert by 6/3, 6/4, 6/3. Humbert faces the American Denis Kudla.
✅ First five set win
✅ First #AusOpen win
🇺🇸 Brandon Holt advances to the second round of #AO2023 after defeating Aleksander Vukic at 1573 Arena. pic.twitter.com/LullfAV6Fg
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