Aussie O’Connell eliminated at Melbourne Park as Medvedev, Tsitsipas reach last 16

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Local wildcard Chris O’Connell found himself outgunned by the massive serve of Maxime Cressy, with the American winning their Australian Open third-round encounter in four sets.

Cressy sent down 28 aces as he triumphed 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-2 in a match lasting 2 hours and 41 minutes.

It was the 175th-ranked O’Connell’s best showing at a major in his fourth appearance at the Australian Open.

He beat 13th-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the second round.


Cressy will next meet world number two Daniil Medvedev.

US Open champion Medvedev — who beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios in the second round — stayed on course for a second major title as he sailed through to the last 16 with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over unseeded Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp.

World number four Stefanos Tsitsipas overcame a wobble in the third set to defeat France’s Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4.

The Greek next takes on 20th seed Taylor Fritz, who beat 15th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-0, 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the fourth round of a major for the first time.

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