Fritz and Zverev also do not pass the second phase

Mmoh shocked Zverev in 4 units and grew to become the eighth American in the third spherical of this AO

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Melbourne (Australia) – The zebra continues to roam the grounds of Melbourne Park. After the elimination of the Norwegian Kasper RuudNo. 2 at this Australian Open, it was the flip of North American Taylor Fritz and Germany’s Alexander Zverev to extend the variety of surprises this Thursday.

Having blended moments on the courtroom, Fritz is coming off a superb 2022 season and an fascinating begin to the 12 months at the United Cup, whereas Zverev remains to be looking for his greatest tennis. The American even got here out forward of fortunate loser of the home Alexei Popyrin, however took a flip in 5 hard-fought units, with the ultimate rating 6/7 (4-7), 7/6 (7-2), 6/4, 6/7 (6- 8) and 6/2.

Fritz’s defeat was the second for an American in the spherical, becoming a member of compatriot Denis Kudla, who was defeated by France’s Hugo Humbert, 3 units to 1, by 6/2, 6/7 (5-7), 6/2 and 6/4. in entrance of them, the different 4 US gamers who took the courtroom on Wednesday’s journey superior.

But the good day for the Americans did not cease there, as Zverev’s tormentor was fortunate loser Michael Mmoh, who confirmed some very constant tennis in opposition to an erratic opponent. The German managed to win the first set in the tiebreak, however then he did not maintain again and took the flip by 6/7 (1-7), 6/4, 6/3 and 6/2.

With Mmoh’s victory, there are actually eight North Americans in the third spherical of the Australian Open, a quantity that would improve by the finish of the day if Maxime Cressy and Brandon Holt shock their rivals, Denmark’s Holger Rohn and Spain’s Roberto Bautista, respectively.

In the subsequent spherical, Mmoh will sq. off in opposition to one in every of the day’s profitable compatriots, present world No. 67 JJ Wolf, who has bested him in the earlier two duels, each at the North American Challengers, one in 2021 and one other in 2019. Popyrin there will likely be one other US tennis participant to face Ben Shelton in the subsequent spherical.

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