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Janek Sner completes stunning comeback, Barbora Krejkova wins Australian Open with ease

FeaturedSports NewsJanek Sner completes stunning comeback, Barbora Krejkova wins Australian Open with ease

Jannik Sner defeated Martin Fuchsoks 4-6 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-0 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday, while Barbora Krejcikova made rapid progress as organizers held the Grand Slam. defended his schedule late last night. .

Former French Open winner Krejcikova, a quarter-finalist at Melbourne Park in 2022, stayed on course for a possible meeting with American third seed Jessica Pegula with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Anhelina Kalinina.

But the 21-year-old junior was forced to work harder after a poor start to his match as he dropped serve twice and made 18 unforced errors to lose the opening set.

A neat passing shot at the net after a powerful exchange from the baseline helped Foxx take a 2-1 lead in the second set and the world No. 78 went two sets up before the junior switched gears. Pressured.

The Italian senior, the 15th seed who has reached the quarterfinals of all four Grand Slams but never gone beyond, played superior tennis against a fading Fucsovics, dropping just three games in the next two sets.

He blanked his opponent to huge cheers from the crowd at the Margaret Court Arena, which had just hours earlier witnessed Andy Murray’s stunning comeback.

The former world number one was not happy about ending his match at 4.05am on Friday, calling the late finish “a joke” and “disrespectful”.

Tournament director Craig Tiley ruled out any immediate changes after Murray said tennis was aimed at a stunning 4-6 6-7 (4) 7-6 (5) 6-3 7-5 victory over Thanasi Kokinakis. After finishing the win is to avoid the late finish.

“There’s no need to change the schedule at the moment,” Tilley, who has had to negotiate delays caused by heat and rain, told Channel Nine’s ‘Today Show’. “We’ll always look at that, when we do the (tournament) debrief — like we do every year.

“But at the moment, it is what it is, we have to fit these matches into 14 days, so you don’t have many options.”

Americans Sebastian Korda, Frances Tiafoe and Mackenzie McDonald are all in action later in the day.

No American male player has won a Grand Slam title since Andy Roddick at the 2003 US Open, but the country’s hopes were rekindled with eight players in the third round.

Two All-American matches are also scheduled for Saturday, meaning a total of six Americans could advance — the most since 1995 to reach the last 16 at the Australian Open.

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