Shock defeats for Cilic and Kyrgios
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The demise of Marin Cilic, the seventh seed, and the elimination of Nick Kyrgios have to be the main headlines of the third day at the Australian Open.
HeÈs a great guy and he deserved it, so ...
For Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion, to succumb having established a good lead by taking the first set and getting ahead in the second, was indeed surprising but then Dan Evans is fast earning himself a reputation for being a giant killer with his speed, determination and spirit, all in the mould of the British No1.
The British No3, world ranked 51 who made the Sydney International final last week, raised his game against the world number seven to start making a series of unforced errors which eventually led to his complete collapse in the second round, going out 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 to become the highest ranked player to be dismissed in the menÈs draw to date.
What was equally surprising was to see Nick Kyrgios, the home favourite, collapse after getting off to a great start dominating his Italian opponent Andreas Seppi, ranked 89.
A lack of concentration contributed to what was a seesaw of a match which despite all his efforts in the end, the Australian 14th seed was unable to prevent Seppi taking the match 1-6 6-7(1) 6-4 6-2 10-8 after holding a match point in his favour.
KyrgiosÈs donÈt careÈ attitude was illustrated when match point down, he hit a tweenerÈ (between the legs) to win the point and then the game. But the 32-year-old Seppi maintained his focus to go on and win the match for a place in round three.
Yeah, itÈs obviously disappointing, said Kyrgios, returning from a suspension over his performance in Shanghai last year. But it was ultimately a pretty fun match. HeÈs a great guy and he deserved it, so … IÈm not going to beat myself up about it.
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Roger Federer made his second appearance of the week and produced a straight forward win by beating 20-year-old qualifier Noah Rubin 7-5 6-3 7-6(3) for his 18th third round in Melbourne. Having dispatched two qualifiers to reach this stage, his opponents will start to become a bit more tricky for, as the 17th seed, he now faces Tomas Berdych who had a 6-3 7-6(6) 6-2 win over Ryan Harrison.
Sam Querrey also had a comfortable 7-6(5) 6-0 6-1 win over 17-year-old wild-card entry Alex De Minaur and is rewarded with a third round meeting with the top seeded Andy Murray, the world number one.
U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka, who won his first major title in Melbourne in 2014, advanced 6-3 6-4 6-4 over Steve Johnson and will next play Viktor Troicki while John Isner, the highest-seeded American in the menÈs draw, lost a marathon contest to Mischa Zverev 6-7(4) 6-7(4) 6-4 7- (7) 9-7. Defending champion Angelique Kerber celebrated her 29th birthday with a 6-2 6-7(3) 6-2 second-round win over Carina Witthoeft but was not comfortable with her form as she showed her frustrations by swiping her racket.
Also, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza beat Samantha Crawford 7-5 6-4 in a night match, while Venus Williams had a 6-3 6-2 win over Stefanie Voegele and later withdrew from the doubles where she was scheduled to partner sister Serena.