Germany’s best tennis player Alexander Zverev is in the third round of the Australian Open. In contrast, former tournament winner Stan Wawrinka loses as well as the Germans Philipp Kohlschreiber and Laura Siegemund.

As in the past two years Alexander Zverev has reached the third round of the Australian Open of tennis pros with great difficulty. The world ranking fourth beat Frenchman Jérémy Chardy on Thursday in Melbourne 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 4, 5: 7, 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 1. Zverev awarded in the fourth set a match point.

It took until after midnight, before Zverev still found a way to the next round. The young star from Hamburg had a supposedly comfortable leadership against Chardy out of hand, it looked long after a clear victory, but then tore the thread, so that again threatened a Grand Slam disappointment. But this time prevailed Zverev, but in the end he also benefited from the exhaustion of his opponent.

Next opponent this Saturday is Aussie outsider Alex Bolt. The world ranking 155. is there thanks to a wildcard. In a win, the 21-year-old Zverev would reach the first knockout round in Australia for the first time.

Wawrinka has to bow to Raonic

The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner Stan Wawrinka is still looking for his best form. The 33-year-old Swiss lost at the Australian Open of tennis pros in the second round against the Canadian Milos Raonic from Canada in four sets 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 7 (6: 8), 6: 7 (11: 13), 6: 7 (5: 7). Wawrinka had triumphed in 2014 in Melbourne. He also won the French Open 2015 and the US Open 2016.

Tennis Australian Open Stan Wawrinka (picture-alliance / AP Photo / A. Favila)
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The Swiss had been operated twice on the knee in 2017. Since returning to the tennis tour in early 2018, the semi-final in St. Petersburg last September was Wawrinka’s best result. At the US Open in New York he also lost in the third round against Raonic, in all other major tournaments he flew out earlier. Currently, the long-standing top 10 player is ranked 59th in the world ranking list.

World number one Novak Djokovic, on the other hand, moved into the third round without losing a set. The 31-year-old Serb defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 6: 3, 7: 5, 6: 4 in Melbourne at 1:41 am local time in a rematch of the 2008 final. Djokovic is considered the top favorite in the title at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, having triumphed at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.

Kohlschreiber loses in five sentences

The ranks of German professionals at the Australian Open continue to ease. For Philipp Kohlschreiber the second round was the last stop. The 35-year-old defeated the Portuguese Joao Sousa after 4:20 hours of play time and numerous rain breaks in five sets with 5: 7, 6: 4, 6: 7 (4: 7), 7: 5 and 4: 6.

For the women, Laura Siegemund failed in the second round with 3: 6 and 4: 6 at the Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei from Taiwan. Siegemund could not  build on the performance in their  surprising first-round win against the former world ranking first Victoria Asarenka from Belarus. “Nevertheless, the tournament was a great success for me,” said the 30-year-old. “Once the disappointment has set, I’ll see it was a big step forward.”

Only Germany’s Angelique Kerber is now in Melbourne in round three. The Wimbledon champion meets Australian outsider Kimberly Birrell on Friday.


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