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Alexander Zverev Survives Chardy Storm, Djokovic Cruises Past Tsonga To Make Third Round

Alexander Zverev showed great character as he fought a tough Jeremy Chardy to reach the third round of the Australian Open while Novak Djokovic also cruised through.

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Alexander Zverev battled past Jeremy Chardy 7-6(5) 6-4 5-7 6-7(6) 6-1 to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

 

The 21 year old will play Alex Bolt on Saturday after he epically fought off Jeremy Chardy as he outlasted the Frenchman.

Joining Zverev is world number one Novak Djokovic who breezed past jo-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets as he faces Denis Shapovalov on Saturday.

The Serb is looking for a seventh Australian Open as he is yet to drop a set in his opening two rounds in Melbourne.

The fourth seeded German started confidently as he used some aggressive returns to storm into a 3-0 lead in the first set. The break advantage didn’t last long though as Chardy used his own aggressive play to suffocate the 21 year old at the back of the court.

As both players started to serve well with high percentages the first set resulted in a tiebreak as the world number 36 was trying to make Zverev uncomfortable.

However the German survived Chardy’s big hitting to take the opening tiebreak 7-5 as roared in celebration, noting how important that set was.

The second set was a more controlled set by Zverev as he gained the early break in the fifth game with some lovely movement and aggression.

There was a confidence about the German in the second set as he was better on the bigger points, settling into his rhythm nicely.

After saving break point, Zverev successfully gained a two sets to love lead in what looked to be a comfortable match by the ATP Finals champion.

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However Chardy was one win away in Brisbane from being seeded in Melbourne and continued to fight as Zverev played a little passively in the third.

After sharing breaks mid-way through the set, Chardy took confidence from saving five break points and pounced on his opportunity to break to take the third set 7-5.

The fourth set had a similar feel to it with Zverev failing to break as he grew a frustrated figure during the fourth set. This comfortable match had now turned into a battle with the German looking to deny the Chardy the satisfaction of forcing a fifth set.

As a tiebreak was forced the momentum was swinging from player to player as the unpredictability of the match continued.

Eventually an aggressive Chardy return forced an unforced error as the Frenchman took the tiebreak 8-6 as the comeback was on.

But the comeback never materialised as Zverev took advantage of Chardy’s tiredness having played an epic first round match against Ugo Humbert.

The German won six of the last seven games to seal victory and outlast Chardy to reach the third round of the Australian Open.

His reward is a match against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt, who knocked out Gilles Simon in five sets.

Djokovic Cruises Through

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Meanwhile world number one Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the Australian Open with a dominant win over Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

The 6-3 6-4 7-5 win over the Frenchman was highly impressive as he only hit 24 unforced errors as he continues his search for a 7th Australian Open title.

Waiting for the top seed on Saturday is 25th seed Denis Shapovalov, who defeated Taro Daniel to set up a meeting with the dominant Serb.

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Milos Raonic reaches the Australian Open quarter finals for the fifth time in his career

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Milos Raonic beat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-3 7-5 to advance to the quarter final at the Australian Open for the fifth time in his career and for the second consecutive year. The Canadian player has advanced to the quarter final for the tenth time in his career at Grand Slam level.

 

Raonic saved an early break point with a big serve and hit a backhand down the line to force an error to break in the 10th game closing out the first set 6-4.

The former Wimbldon finalist and eight-time ATP Tour champion hit a backhand return winner in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead in the second set.

Cilic brought up two set points on Raonic’s serve in the 10th game of the third set, but Raonic fended them off with three serves. Raonic got a break in the 11th game at 15 and sealed the win on his first match point with an ace.

“It feels pretty good. I have got to say. I can’t complain about it and I am just happy with how things are going. I am happy I have another chance to play in two days here and it’s been an exciting tournament for me so far, but hopefully there are more exciting things ahead. I did a lot of things really well, and I had the idea of how I wanted to play. I was happy I could execute and live up to that”, said Milos Raonic in the post-match interview.

 

 

 

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Nick Kyrgios claims five-set thriller to set up a blockbuster fourth-round clash against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne

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Nick Kyrgios battled past Karen Khachanov 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (7-9) 7-6 (10-8) after 4 hours and 26 minutes to set up a blockbuster fourth round clash against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open.

 

Khachanov saved match points in both the third and fourth set tie-breaks before losing the decisive tie-break. Kyrgios converted on three of her six break point chances and dropped her serve only once in the entire match.

Kyrgios served well in the opening set and earned two consecutive breaks to cruise through to a 6-2 win. Both players wasted a break point chance to set up a tie-break in the second set. Kyrgios earned two mini-breaks to claim the tie-break 7-5 with a serve up the T.

Kyrgios went up a 4-2 lead in the third set with a break, when Khachanov made two double faults. Khachanov broke back in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Khachanov fended off a match point at 5-6 in the tie-break with a powerful serve and won the final three points to clinch the third set 8-6, as Kyrgios misfired a crosscourt forehand.

Kyrgios saved two break points in the seventh game and earned another match point in the seventh game of the fourth set. Khachanov saved it before winning the tie-break 9-7 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Both players held their serve in the fifth set with no break points setting up the decisive match tie-break. Kyrgios claimed an early mini-break to open up a a 3-0. Khachanov pulled back the mini-break and earned a match point at 8-7, but Kyrgios reeled off the final three points to clinch a thrilling win to the delight of the home fans.

“This is just epic match. I don’t even know what’s going on. Honestly, my legs feel about 40 kilos each. It’s emotional. I haven’t had a moment like that for four, five years, since I last played here against Seppi”, said Kyrgios.

 

 

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Danil Medvedev sets fourth round clash against Stan Wawrinka in Melbourne

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Danil Medvedev beat Alexei Popyrin 6-4 6-3 6-2 to set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka at the Australian Open.

 

Medvedev earned the first break in the second game of the opening set. Popyrin broke straight back in the next game to draw level to 1-1, but Medvedev earned his second break to take a 2-1 lead. The 2019 US Open finalist held his serve in a hard-fought eighth game after saving a break point and sealed the first set 6-4 on his second set point.

Medvedev broke serve at love in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Popyrin held his serve in the fifth game after saving two break points to claw his way back to 2-3. Medvedev sealed the second set with his second break at 15.

Medvedev got an early break at 15 in the second game of the third set. Kyrgios converted his fourth break-back point chance in the sixth game. Medvedev closed it out on his second match point.

“I am happy to win it in straight sets. I have good memories from last year, which was my first time in the second week of a Grand Slam and hopefully I can make it even further this year. I just try to win as many matches as I can. Hopefully I can win seven here”,said Medvedev.

Medvedev set up a fourth round match against Stan Wawrinka, who reached the fourth round, when US John Isner withdrew from the match due to a foot injury, when the Lausanne player was leading 6-4 4-1.

“You never want your opponent to pull out. I was playing well again today. I was really happy the way I was playing. That’s very positive. It’s great to be back in the second week, that’s for sure. Feeling way better. It’s positive to have a good practice tomorrow and to be ready for the next one”,said Wawrinka.

Medvedev won both his previous head-to-head matches against Wawrinka at 2017 Wimbledon and in the quarter final of the 2019 US Open.

“Stan is a very tough opponent. He has won three majors and has gone deep a lot of times. It’s never going to be an easy match against Stan. I will have to show my best game to have a chance”, said Medvedev.

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