Eighth Seed Taylor Fritz Out Of Melbourne To Tearful Wildcard Alex Popyrin | Tennis Information

Australian Open: Taylor Fritz misplaced to Alex Popyrin© AFP

Eighth seed Taylor Fritz grew to become the newest high identify to tumble out of the Australian Open on Thursday, ousted in spherical two by wildcard native hope Alex Popyrin who was in tears on the finish. The American Fritz, who had a breakthrough 2022 with titles at Indian Wells, Tokyo and Eastbourne, fell in 5 gruelling units at a partisan John Cain Enviornment. Australia’s Popyrin prevailed 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2.

The opening Grand Slam of the yr has now misplaced three of its high 10 seeds earlier than the third spherical, with Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud additionally crashing out early.

“This is a dream and I don’t want to wake up at all,” stated Popyrin, who equalled his greatest Grand Slam consequence and was diminished to tears by the group chanting his identify.

“Pre-season I put my head down and worked as hard as I possibly could… I’m going to keep working. I love this feeling and I want more of this feeling.”

Fritz, who helped spearhead the US to the United Cup title main into the Australian Open, had by no means earlier than misplaced at Melbourne Park to a participant ranked as little as quantity 113 Popyrin.

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