ATP Australian Open: Dominic Thiem advances. Fucsovics stuns Wawrinka in epic battle



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ATP Australian Open: Dominic Thiem advances. Fucsovics stuns Wawrinka in epic battle

The 3rd seed and the last year's Australian Open finalist Dominic Thiem is through to Melbourne's third round for the fifth time in the previous six years. The Austrian defeated the German Dominik Koepfer 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in an hour and 39 minutes, rattling off 16 of the final 19 games to race over the top and remain on the title course.

Serving at 70%, Thiem lost only 14 points behind the initial shot and protected two break points to challenge the opponent from start to finish. Koepfer fought well in the opener but couldn't maintain that pace, crumbled by Dominic's reliable performance on both serve and return.

The US Open champion landed 34 winners and 21 unforced errors to control the exchanges, saving those break chances in the opener's sixth game and standing strong from that moment. Thiem grabbed a break right after that on his fourth break point and closed the first set with a hold at 15 in game ten when a left-hander netted a forehand.

The Austrian needed under 30 minutes to wrap up the second set after taking all six games for a bagel, gathering a boost ahead of set number three. The better-ranked player claimed 18 of the opening 22 points to race into a 4-0 lead, sealing the deal with a hold at 5-2 to set Nick Kyrgios clash on Friday.

Dominic Thiem and Diego Schwartzman reached the Australian Open third round.

Marton Fucsovics stunned the 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 in three hours and 59 minutes, fending off three match points in the deciding tie break!

Marton converted six out of 17 break chances, and Stan barely won the match with five breaks on his tally from six opportunities, doing everything right in the final set's closing stages before losing the ground. Fucsovics claimed the opener after rattling off the last three games from 4-5 down, accumulating momentum and dominating set number two to move a step away from the win.

Using his experience, Stan raised his level in sets three and four, serving well and using a couple of return chances to level the overall score and force a decider. Marton started all over and grabbed a break in game eight to serve for the victory before Wawrinka pulled the break back to extend his chances.

From 9-6 up in the deciding tie break, Wawrinka lost five straight points and allowed Fucsovics to seal the deal with a smash winner at 10-9. The 8th seed Diego Schwartzman needed just 92 minutes to dismiss Alexandre Muller 6-2, 6-0, 6-3, delivering nine breaks and enjoying a relaxed day at the office.

The 20th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime ousted James Duckworth 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in an hour and 45 minutes, blasting 38 winners and 23 unforced errors to leave the opponent far behind and arrange Denis Shapovalov meeting.