World No. 69 Adrian Mannarino claimed he was told he was scheduled to play Hubert Hurkacz just 15 minutes before the start of the match. Mannarino, a former world No. 22, delivered a strong performance on Wednesday as he stunned No.
10 seed Hurkacz 6-4 6-2 6-3 to reach the Australian Open third round. “I felt good on the court today. The conditions were pretty good. This court is amazing. It's always good to play on this type of court. When I played my first match on court 7 it was very windy but here it was perfect.
The crowd was nice. I really enjoyed playing tonight. I didn't really prepare for this match tactically since I only knew 15 minutes before the match that I was going to play Hurkacz. He's a great player. I knew it was going to be difficult but I felt like I had my chances.
I started and it worked. I feel pretty good here. The conditions suit me. If I pass the next round, it will be my best result here. Is this the biggest victory of my career? In fact, I don't care a bit. I'm just in the third round," Mannarino said, per We Love Tennis.
Mannarino claims an upset win over Hurkacz
Mannarino claimed the first break of the match in the seventh game before serving out for the opener in the 10th game. After winning the first set, Mannarino took an early 2-0 lead in the second set.
Mannarino then earned his second break of the set in the fifth game before serving out for a two-set lead in the eighth game. Hurkacz served out the opening game of the third set but Mannarino then responded with back-to-back breaks to take a 4-1 lead.
Hurkacz got one break back in the sixth game but Mannarino collected his third break of the set in the ninth game to book a straight-set win.