Top seed Andy Murray has eased past Russian teenager Andrey Rublev and into the third round of the Australian Open despite an ankle injury scare.
Top-ranked Murray, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, was leading his second-round match comfortably Wednesday night when his right shoe caught on the surface in the third game of the third set, and he rolled awkwardly on the ground.Australia number one Nick Kyrgios blew a two-set lead and failed to convert a fifth-set match point before slumping out of his home Grand Slam with a 1-6, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2, 10-8 defeat at the hands of Andreas Seppi.”I don’t know how bad it is”, said Murray.Both men reached the third round of the Australian Open, but it was Evans who stole the show with his stunning 3-6 7-5 6-3 6-3 victory over the world No 7, Marin Cilic.Ranked in the high 700s only a couple of years ago, Evans was grinning from ear to ear after recording the biggest win of his career in a shade under three hours on court three.Murray faces American Sam Querrey in the third round.Murray leads Querrey 6-1 in their previous matches.
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“He’s a great player, I like Tomáš’s game and I’m sure it’s going to be another tough one”. I was hitting the ball a bit cleaner. “I was moving OK toward the end, so that’s positive”, he said.U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka advanced 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 over Steve Johnson and will next play No. 29 Viktor Troicki in the lower quarter of the top half of the draw.”He’s got a big serve and takes a lot of chances with his forehand so it’ll be a tricky one”, said Murray.With more experience, he’ll be better equipped to give a better account of himself against the world’s best in the future.”I wasn’t feeling as good as in the beginning”, Federer said after the match. Federer, 35, will cross swords with 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych in round three.The American 31st seed has pulled off shocks at Slams in the past, most notably against Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon in 2016.It allowed the Scot to reach the third round in Melbourne for the ninth straight year and he has yet to drop a set after wins over Illya Marchenko and Rublev.