MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) — On the verge of defeating second seed Casper Ruud in straight sets at the Australian Open, Jensen Bruxby squandered three match points, went on a break and started yelling at himself.
“I eat?! I eat?! Oh my god!” he said.
Emotion was visible on his warm face as his game went downhill. He soon lost the set and Rude seemed to be regaining his confidence. And suddenly, within a minute, Brooksby was setting the pace again in the fourth set, defeating Rudd 6–3, 7–5, 6–7(4), 6–2 to advance to the third round at Melbourne Park. Beat off. of Americans.
Thus, the twenty-two-year-old Californian edged out the top two seeded players in the men’s draw. Brooksby, 22, earned his victory at the same venue where 27-year-old Mackenzie McDonald beat top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal a day earlier. It is the first Grand Slam since the 2022 Australian Open in which the first and second seeds have been eliminated before the end of the second round.
Nadal and Rudd’s departures – finals against Nadal last June at Roland Garros and September’s US Open against Carlos Alcaraz – reaffirmed the tournament’s nine-time champion Novak Djokovic’s status as the favorite and that night for Enzo. Kouacaud was facing. The Serbian tennis player was returning to Australia after being deported last year because he had not been vaccinated for COVID-19.
Another notable note was the advancement of the American men, who have not won a Grand Slam title since the 2003 US Open, where Andy Roddick prevailed.
Advancing to the third round, Brooksby was joined by fellow Americans Michael Mamoh, Ben Shelton, Tommy Paul and JJ Wolff, who also won Thursday with McDonald; 16th seed Frances Tiafoe and 29th seed Sebastian Korda won their clash on Thursday. The second-ranked American, however, didn’t go that far: 8th seed Taylor Fritz lost 6–7(4), 7–6(2), 6–4, 6–7(6), 6–2. Australian Alexey Popyrin is ranked 113th in the standings.
Mamoh, who entered the tournament after the withdrawal of another player, defeated 12th-ranked Alexander Zverev 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in his main career.
Shelton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 7-5; Paul defeated Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-2, 2-6, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-4; And Wolf easily defeated Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Brooksby will now face Paul and play Mamoh Wolf.
Dan Evans (25th) defeated Jeremy Chardy of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 to enter the third round for the third year in a row.
There was also a big win for an American woman on Thursday: 21-year-old Katie Wolinets, who had to play the qualifying stage to play the event, defeated 9th seed Russian Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. ,
“I got really cold because the fans here are unbelievable,” said Wolineets, playing in the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. He said, ‘I have never played in such a packed stadium and so many people giving me energy. It’s been amazing.”
For her part, fourth seed Caroline Garcia defeated 2021 US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez 7-6(5), 7-5; 5th seed Aryna Sabalenka improved her winning streak on Thursday by defeating Shelby Rogers of America 6-3, 6-1 and 19th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova defeated Taylor Townsend 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 Made a score of six.