Four Australians were in action on day two with Alex de Minaur leading the way. He took on Slovakia’s Andrez Martin the world no. 98. Also playing were John Millman, James Duckworth and Christopher O’Connell.
de Minaur broke once in the first set to take that 6-4, broke three times in the second while being broken once himself as he took the second set 6-3.
The Australian was serving for the match at 5-3 but was broken to have games back on serve. de Minaur would break again to close out the match 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 and setup a round two clash with world no. 51 Richard Gasquet from France, their first meeting.
John Millman raced through the first set against Georgia’s world no. 30 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1.
In the remaining two sets it was a bit closer but the likeable Australian did not drop serve once throughout the match.
Next up Millman will play world no. 82 Frances Tiafoe. Millman is 2-0 in the head-to-head matchup.
Against Christopher O’Connell Serbia’s world no. 81 Laslo Djere needed one break of serve opportunity to take the first set 6-4.
O’Connell served for the second set at 5-3 and was 0-40 before smashing a winner followed by two big serves to get to deuce, only to eventually drop serve.
In the next game the Australian was 0-30 after a Djere double-fault, but a down the line winner from the Serbian took him to 15-30. Djere then faced two break points after hitting into the net. O’Connell took the set 6-4 after a lazy shot saw Djere hit long.
O’Connell was broken in the third game of the third set but would get that break back. The Australian was at 0-30 in the twelfth game before Djere held to take the set into a tiebreaker.
The Australian got an early mini-break, an ace took him to 3-1. A forehand into the net from Djere saw the Australian world no. 116 at 4-1, then a wide forehand from the Serbian gave O’Connell with a commanding 5-1 lead. A badly missed backhand gave O’Connell four set points, it took just one as he played a patient rally that ended when Djere hit a forehand wide.
O’Connell held a match point at 40-30 serving at 5-4 but a wide forehand from Djere forced an error to keep in the match. A return into the net gave O’Connell another match point and this time a good deep serve down the T forced a return error to give O’Connell a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-4 victory, his first at a grand slam on his third attempt.
James Duckworth held set point at 30-40 and had the set gifted to him after a double-fault by Italy’s world no. 100 Salvatore Caruso.
In the second set Duckworth held a breakpoint at 3-2 but let that slip, he then faced a breakpoint in the next game before saving that to move to 4-3.
Duckworth had a set point with Caruso serving at 4-5 but failed to convert. At 5-5 Duckworth faced several breakpoints before finally letting that game go to Caruso. The Italian then served out the set to level the match.
In the third set Duckworth dropped serve at 5-5 to again allow Caruso to serve for a set. Some big serving gave the Italian three set points needing just one as Duckworth returned a second serve into the net.
The Italian go well on top in the fourth set to close out the match 4-6, 7-5,7-5, 6-2.