Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem made their way into the men’s singles third round at the Australian Open while Stan Wawrinka crashed out after losing to Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Novak Djokovic battled past American challenger Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3
  • Dominic Thiem also progressed to the next round after registering a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win over Donimik Koepfer
  • Ex-champion Stan Wawrinka went down 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (11-9) against Marton Fucsovics

Defending champion Novak Djokovic survived a minor scare in the second round of the Australian Open 2021 on Wednesday while 17th seed Stan Wawrinka went down in a five-set thriller at Melbourne Park.

The top-seeded Djokovic battled past American challenger Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 at the Rod Laver Arena to continue his bid for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title and 18th Grand Slam crown.

U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem also progressed to the next round after registering a 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 win over Donimik Koepfer of Germany.

The No. 3-ranked Thiem reached his maiden Grand Slam final here in Australia last year before losing to Novak Djokovic. He went one better at the U.S. Open by claiming his first major trophy.

He could face either mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios or 29th-seeded Ugo Humbert in the third round. Thiem said the win over Koepfer was his best so far since arriving in Australia “and there’s a lot of good stuff to build on.”

STAN WAWRINKA CRASHES OUT

Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka wasted a big lead in the fifth-set tiebreak — and three match points — before losing to Marton Fucsovics of Hungary in the second round, 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (11-9).

Wawrinka had won four of his eight previous five-setters at the Australian Open — and he nearly made it another. But five unforced errors in the last seven points of the tiebreaker cost him the match.

The three-time major winner had 73 unforced errors in total, including 43 on his normally reliable one-handed backhand.



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