Francis Tiafoe, Yannick Sinner race to the third round at the Australian Open | ATP tour

Francis Tiafoe And Yannick Sinner Both earned quick wins at the John Cain Arena on Wednesday to book their spot in the Australian Open Third round. Tiafoe was a straight sets winner against China Zhang Junsheng After the Orontes breeze past Thomas Martin Echeverrywith both matches finishing in less than two hours.

Sixteenth-seeded Tiafoe was a 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 winner against Shang, who qualified to earn his Grand Slam debut at the age of 17.

“I played a great player,” said the American player after the match. “He’s going to be an incredible player, he’s already a really good player. It’s hard to play with a player that young. You know they’re coming for you, but I thought I did a good job. You played well today.”

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Tiafoe finished with 20 aces and 40 winners, never dropped serve in the match, and saved all four break points against him. Thriving in the lively atmosphere at John Cain Arena – which he did his part to refuel as he transformed into style – the American cruised across the finish line by winning the last six games of the match.

“I had a lot of fun here today. It’s probably my favorite stadium here in the world Australian Open“Lots of good memories on this field,” he said of the venue. It’s just noisy. Largest court with grounds permits. You get real tennis fans who just want to have some fun and get excited about something.”

He will face the 18th seeded American next time around Karen Khachanov or Australian wild card Jason Cobbler.

Opening play on the stadium field, Sinner earned his second win with straight innings Australian Open Two weeks later, Echeverry trails 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

While some first-round matches were still to be completed due to rain, the 21-year-old Italian made full use of his opportunity on one of three covered courts at Melbourne Park as he raced through the third round in one hour and 44 minutes. .

“I am very happy to be in the next round,” Sener said in his on-court interview before thanking the fans for their support. “Very happy to play again here on this pitch, especially today, with the roof. It’s raining a lot outside, so I hope it won’t rain in the coming days.

“For sure the level today was good. I did well. I also came back well today because I think he’s a very good server.”

The fifteenth seed managed to seal victory by converting all five break points, while not allowing a break point on his serve. Dictating the bulk of the rallies both on serve and on return, he shot 32 winning goals, achieving his advantage by attacking the net 22 times, earning 20 of those points.

A six-time champion on the ATP Tour, Sinner reached the AO quarterfinals for the first time last year before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas. The pair are set to meet again in this year’s fourth round, although the Italian must win first Lloyd Harris or Marton Vosovich And Tsitsipas must also fight until the last 16.

With Matthew BerettiniDefeat five sets to Britain’s Andy Murray In the first round, Sinner is now the highest-ranked Italian in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings. A holding company at No. 16 this week, Sinner is one place ahead of its compatriot Lorenzo Musettiwho lost to Harris in the opening round.

The Argentine Echeverri, 23, was bidding to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in five attempts. World No. 79 finished the 2022 season with the second most wins on the ATP Challenger Tour (41), won his third title at that level and reached four additional finals on the year.

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