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Kevin Anderson knocked out of Australian Open in four sets

Frances Tiafoe stuns No 5 seed Kevin Anderson at Australian Open Kevin Anderson crashes out of Australian Open
Cassandra Castillo | 19 January, 2019, 04:30

After sealing match point against the South African, Tiafoe slapped his right bicep, thumped his chest and roared at the terraces. The 39th-ranked Tiafoe had lost to Anderson four times past year and had lost his last six matches against top 10 opponents.

Tiafoe, ranked 39 in the world, will play Italy's Andreas Seppi in the third round, which will at least equal his best performance at a Grand Slam, having made the third round of Wimbledon a year ago.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal, the second seed, had no such issues as he sealed his third-round berth with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Australian Matthew Ebden.

Tiafoe prevailed, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 with a flawless serve-and-volley combo on match point and a celebration so emphatic he needed a ball boy's help to untangle his necklace from his shirt.

Roger Federer, who holds the all time men's record with 20 grand slams, had perennially picked on his pal Roddick in grand slam finals.

"After that, things changed". I get to play again.

At one stage, Ebden simply shrugged after Nadal unleashed a wild forehand victor that was yet completely under control. "I can't tell you how many times I watched Monfils" highlight reel on YouTube, just growing up.

The brightest local hope for an Australian Open women's title in decades is through to the third round.

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The Swiss great, chasing his seventh title at Melbourne Park, downed the world No189 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 in a rare day-session appearance at Rod Laver Arena. After saving the first break point, he ripped a backhand victor, capping a 17-ball rally to get back to deuce. "I'd rather wait a little bit", the defending champion said.

Roger Federer muses on retirement planning 03:18 The talented but troubled Evans received a one-year drug ban for testing positive for cocaine in 2017. Kevin stayed in touch until 5-5 in the fourth set when Frances grabbed a crucial break, repelling two break points while serving for the match in the following game and sealing the deal with a volley victor for one of his best results at Majors so far.

Federer, who breezed part Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the opening round, admitted his start was sluggish.

"I couldn't pull away in the match earlier". The margins were slim.

"I've been telling you guys past year, I had a lot of wins, had a rough end to the season. It was big", he said. The Croat blasted 25 aces and 67 winners overall but also 56 unforced errors, missing some forehands in the pivotal moments but still closing the match without further troubles against the youngster who broke him three times to stay in the encounter for nearly four hours. "But I dug insanely deep". I always play pretty good in those situations.

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However, a stirring fightback from the young American saw him spring arguably the biggest upset in the men's draw as he triumphed 4-6 6-4 6-4 7-5.

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