The 21-year-old Czech Jiri Lehecka pulled off an incredible upset to win 6-7 6-3 3-6 6-1 6-3, eliminating British No. 1 Cameron Norrie in the process. When Norrie won the third set, it appeared as though he had gained the upper hand, but Lehecka, the world No. 71, came back to win 10 of the following 12 games to turn the match around. After that, Lehecka maintained her composure to serve it out as Norrie, the 11th seed, suffered a difficult loss.
Another important match for the American players took place at Melbourne Park today. As the in-form Sebastian Korda faces off against Daniil Medvedev. Who is attempting to make it to his third straight Australian Open final. Earlier, Iga Swiatek was in great form as she destroyed Cristina Bucsa 6-0, 6-1. This keeping Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula on a collision course despite straight-set victories. Victoria Azarenka, a two-time champion of the Australian Open, overcame a set deficit to defeat Madison Keys, the 10th seed, 1-6 6-2 6-1, and advance to the fourth round.
It comes after a dramatic Thursday, as top seeds including Ons Jabeur and Casper Ruud tumbled from the tournament. Also Read: Iga Swiatek takes the Jule Niemeier test in Her Australian Open Opener
Djokovic Exhausted, Andy Murray grabs a 4 am win
The 21-time Grand Slam winner has missed practise sessions as he works to heal in time to face Grigor Dimitrov in the third round. This could jeopardise his bid for a tenth Australian Open victory.
The 35-year-old Serbian lost a set in the second round, demonstrating the toll the injury has undoubtedly put on him. This is not the first time Djokovic has soldiered on through an injury. Having suffered a painful abdominal muscle tear in his 2021 title run. But the former champion admitted things are different now.
Losing Djokovic in the first week would not only open up the draw, but it would also deny fans the chance to witness the two most successful men’s players, who have won a combined 43 Grand Slam championships. Rafael Nadal previously had to withdraw early due to injury.
However, three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray has confounded expectations by making it to the third round. After two lengthy five-set matches in Melbourne, the Briton has already spent more than 10.5 hours on the court; his victory over Thanasi Kokkinakis in the second round was completed at 4:05 a.m. local time. Murray also blasted on the organisers for not letting him use toilets and also other mishandlings.
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