23/04/2024

Kokkinakis at the Australian Open. Picture: tennis.com.au

There's just three Aussies left in the Australian Open after a dramatic day three and four at Melbourne Park.

We’re down to just three locals as the first week of the Australian Open comes to a close, with Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur still flying the Aussie flag.

Check out how the home grown talented fared in our Australian Open: Aussies round 2 wrap.

DAY 3

Nick Kyrgios was the tennis world’s darling on Wednesday night, saving two match points to overcome French 29th seed Ugo Humbert in a five set epic. He played some of the best tennis of his career from the fourth set tiebreaker onwards, riding the wave of momentum generated by a raucous home crowd.  

Kyrgios moves to 8-1 in his last nine five-set matches, and now holds an 11-2 record at John Cain Arena where his next match is scheduled to be played.

2020 Australian Open runner up Dominic Thiem awaits the enigmatic Australian in what will be a Friday night blockbuster.

Nick Kyrgios saved multiple match points to triumph in the second round.
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

James Duckworth and Bernard Tomic both fell to Canadian young guns in their second round matches. Duckworth lost out to 20th seed Felix Auger Aliassime, while Tomic only managed to take six games off 11th seed Denis Shapovalov.

Ajla Tomljanovic nearly shocked the tennis world in her match with Simona Halep. Up a break in the deciding set, the Aussie was unable to close out the 2nd seed in the two-and-a-half hour affair.

Alex Bolt took on Grigor Dimitrov in the late match, falling to the popular Bulgarian in straight sets on Margaret Court Arena.

Ajla Tomljanovic was brilliant in her narrow defeat to Simona Halep.
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au
James Duckworth412
Felix Auger Aliassime666
Denis Shapovalov666
Bernard Tomic132
Ajla Tomljanović645
Simona Halep467
Nick Kyrgios56376
Ugo Humbert74664
Grigor Dimitrov766
Akex Bolt612

DAY 4

Thanasi Kokkinakis’ heroic comeback from multiple injury riddled years looked like reaching a brilliant crescendo on Thursday night as he forced a fifth set against 5th seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, saving a match point in the process. Despite going down in the decider, the near five hour slugfest was one of the matches of the tournament and will give Kokkinakis a launching pad to attack the 2021 season.

Thanasi Kokkinakis performed admirably on Rod Laver Arena.
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

In a battle of the Aussies, Ash Barty prevailed in straight sets over Daria Gavrilova. It wasn’t easy for the number one seed, saving multiple set points before triumphing in a second set tiebreak to book a third round meeting with 29th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Alex de Minaur was the second Aussie winner of the day, dominating Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in straight sets. The Australian now has an enticing third round matchup with 33-year-old Italian Fabio Fognini.

Alexei Popyrin once again managed to pull a tiebreak victory out in the fourth and send his match to a deciding set, eventually losing out to South African Lloyd Harris. While unable to replicate his fifth set performance from two days ago, Popyrin demonstrated the qualities that will make the 21-year-old a force in coming years.  

Alexei Popyrin bows out in the second round to Lloyd Harris.
Source: Tennis Australia www.tennis.com.au

Wildcard entrant Chris O’Connell couldn’t keep his momentum rolling, going down to Radu Albot in straight sets. Veteran Sam Stosur suffered teh same fate late on Thursday night, losing to American Jessica Pegula in straight sets.

Ash Barty67
Daria Gavrilova16
Alexei Popyrin26373
Lloyd Harris61666
Stefanos Tsitsipas 66666
Thanasi Kokkinakis 74174
Christopher O’Connell256
Radu Albot677
Pablo Cuevas335
Alex de Minaur667
Jessica Pegula66
Samantha Stosur01

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