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Australian Open 2022 scores LIVE: Dan Evans beaten as Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas go through

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British interest in singles ended in meek fashion with a straight-sets defeat for Dan Evans against ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Evans had won their only previous meeting on the same courts 12 months ago to claim his only ATP Tour title but a repeat never looked on the cards here from the moment he dumped a forehand volley into the net to lose the opening set. Auger-Aliassime had spent eight hours on court in his first two rounds but Evans was unable to make this an extended stay on John Cain Arena, going down 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 in just an hour and 53 minutes.

World number two Daniil Medvedev swept aside Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open and stay on track for a second successive Grand Slam title. Van de Zandschulp, ranked 57th in the world, was the only player to take a set off the Russian when the pair met in their previous meeting at last year’s US Open, which Medvedev went on to win for his first major title.

Follow for live updates and scores from day six of the Australian Open and the third round:

Australian Open Day Six

  • Latest scores and updates from Melbourne Park and men’s third round

  • Dan Evans knocked out after losing 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to Felix Auger-Aliassime

  • Daniil Medvedev beats Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas battles past Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4

Australian Open 2022 – latest scores and updates

09:56 , Lawrence Ostlere

Dan Evans says he ‘panicked’ during his Australian Open defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Dan Evans ‘panicked’ during Australian Open defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime

Australian Open 2022 – latest scores and updates

09:40 , Lawrence Ostlere

World number two Aryna Sabalenka showed her fighting qualities again on Saturday as the Belarusian came back from a set down to defeat Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-3 6-1 and move into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

Sabalenka surrendered the opening set for the third match in a row, overcoming early serving issues to pummel the Czech into submission.

“I’m really happy right now and mostly I’m happy that I made only 10 double faults,” Sabalenka said in an on-court interview.

“She played unbelievable tennis today. I pushed myself really hard and I’m really happy with this win.

“I had some trouble (with my serve), I really expect in the next match a great serve. I’ll just keep working on my serve and keep hoping it gets better with every match.”

Sabalenka’s service struggles continued on Margaret Court Arena, with the 23-year-old double faulting in the opening game to gift Vondrousova an early advantage.

She later told reporters that her serve was suffering because she was putting too much pressure on herself.

“I think it’s more mental... (in) the last matches I was trying to control everything on my serve; my legs, my arm, the ball toss. And I was overthinking. (Today) I just stopped thinking,” said Sabalenka.

While the players traded additional breaks midway through the set, Vondrousova remained resolute in the face of Sabalenka’s heavy hitting to take the opener in 38 minutes.

But the two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist found her rhythm in the second set, breaking Vondrousova’s serve in the second game with a powerful crosscourt backhand before going on to level the match.

Sabalenka was even more decisive in the decider, breaking Vondrousova on three occasions to secure the win and set up a fourth round meeting against Kaia Kanepi.

“(Kanepi) is a great player. She’s serving well. Hits pretty hard. And, yeah, it’s really interesting to play against her. I’m really looking forward to this match,” added Sabalenka.

Aryna Sabalenka (AP)
Aryna Sabalenka (AP)

Simona Halep thrashes Danka Kovinic

09:14 , Lawrence Ostlere

Former world number one Simona Halep stormed into the fourth round with a 6-2 6-1 demolition of unseeded Danka Kovinic, who knocked out Emma Raducanu. Halep, a finalist at Melbourne Park four years ago, is aiming for her third major title.

“I feel good, more confident now because last year was a tough year and now I just enjoy playing tennis because I’m healthy,” said Halep.

Simona Halep celebrates victory (AP)
Simona Halep celebrates victory (AP)

Rising star Clara Tauson falls to Danielle Collins

09:12 , Lawrence Ostlere

American 27th seed Danielle Collins came from a set down to claim a 4-6 6-4 7-5 win over young Danish talent Clara Tauson in the third round. Up next for Collins is 19th seed Elise Mertens, who swept aside Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-2.

Alize Cornet through to fourth round

09:01 , Lawrence Ostlere

Alize Cornet continued her fine run with a 4-6 6-4 6-2 win over 29th seed Tamara Zidansek to advance to the fourth round. Cornet, who was 1-4 down in the second set, clinched 11 of the last 13 games to take the win. She faces 14th seed Simona Halep next.

Aryna Sabalenka sees off Marketa Vondrousova

08:42 , Lawrence Ostlere

Elsewhere today, World number two Aryna Sabalenka found her range after a poor first set to beat Olympic silver medallist Marketa Vondrousova 4-6 6-3 6-1 and progress to the fourth round.

Sabalenka, who has struggled with her serve in Melbourne, joked that she was happy she “made only 10 double-faults” against Vondrousova. The Belarusian now faces Kaia Kanepi, who overcame wildcard Maddison Inglis 2-6 6-2 6-0.

Aryna Sabalenka, left, shakes hand with Marketa Vondrousova (Getty Images)
Aryna Sabalenka, left, shakes hand with Marketa Vondrousova (Getty Images)

Felix Auger-Aliassime: ‘I deserve my fourth-round place’

08:37 , Lawrence Ostlere

Felix Auger-Aliassime, 21, on beating Britain’s Dan Evans and equalling his best run in Melbourne: “I’ve put in the work this off-season and I’ve had a great start. I feel like I’m in my place. I feel like I deserve to be here again in the fourth round.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas battles past Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4

08:32 , Lawrence Ostlere

Stefanos Tsitsipas staved off the incendiary Benoit Paire to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Saturday with a tough 6-3, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4 win but appeared not to realise the game was over after converting match point.

Paire dunked a forehand into the net on the first of three match points when serving to stay in the match, but fourth seed Tsitsipas walked to the back of the court rather than approach the net. The Greek turned around at the baseline with a look of surprise on his face, before walking forward to acknowledge Paire.

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates beating Benoit Paire (Reuters)
Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates beating Benoit Paire (Reuters)

Daniil Medvedev through to fourth round

08:26 , Lawrence Ostlere

World number two Daniil Medvedev swept aside Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open and stay on track for a second successive Grand Slam title. Van de Zandschulp, ranked 57th in the world, was the only player to take a set off the Russian when the pair met in their previous meeting at last year’s US Open, which Medvedev went on to win for his first major title.

Daniil Medvedev salutes the Melbourne crowd (AFP via Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev salutes the Melbourne crowd (AFP via Getty Images)

Dan Evans knocked out by Felix Auger-Aliassime

08:18 , Lawrence Ostlere

Evans put up a good fight in the first set and created some chances to get a real foothold in this match, but the frustrating thing was that he couldn’t take them, and his opponent did so, clinically. The second and third sets were different though and the match quickly got away from the 31-year-old Briton.

Reaching the fourth round in 2017 remains his best finish at the Australian Open, and it just wasn’t to be here up against and impressive 21-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, who has all the hallmarks of a future champion. With Novak Djokovic absent it’s wide open: might this be his year?

Dan Evans congratulates Felix Auger-Aliassime (Getty Images)
Dan Evans congratulates Felix Auger-Aliassime (Getty Images)

Game, set, match, Auger-Aliassime! Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-6 Felix Auger-Aliassime

08:08 , Lawrence Ostlere

Auger-Aliassime puts on another exhibition of powerful returning to generate a match point, and he takes it at the first time of asking.

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-5 Felix Auger-Aliassime

08:06 , Lawrence Ostlere

Auger-Aliassime with another rapid hold and he is one game away from the fourth round.

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-4 Felix Auger-Aliassime

08:03 , Lawrence Ostlere

Auger-Aliassime races on to a telegraphed Evans drop shot and powers home another break of serve.

Felix Auger-Aliassime plays a forehand against Dan Evans (Getty Images)
Felix Auger-Aliassime plays a forehand against Dan Evans (Getty Images)

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-3 Felix Auger-Aliassime

08:01 , Lawrence Ostlere

Another quick hold for Auger-Aliassime, and perhaps Evans feels he has nothing more to throw at his opponent.

Dan Evans in action against Felix Auger-Aliassime (Getty Images)
Dan Evans in action against Felix Auger-Aliassime (Getty Images)

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-2 Felix Auger-Aliassime

07:55 , Lawrence Ostlere

Evans serves and races into a 40-15 lead, but he loses a long rally before misplacing a lob to bring deuce. Auger-Aliassime wins a break point which Evans shuts down brilliantly with a forehand winner, but the Canadian wins the next and makes no mistake with his second break point, dominating the rally and forcing Evans to net.

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-1 Felix Auger-Aliassime

07:47 , Lawrence Ostlere

Ruthless from Auger-Aliassime, who wins all four points to love in double-quick time. Meanwhile Daniil Medvedev, who was not happy with some of the crowd on Rod Laver Arena yesterday, has completed a straight-sets win over Dutchman Botic van de Zandschulp, winning 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

World No2 Daniil Medvedev is a serious contender for the title (AFP via Getty Images)
World No2 Daniil Medvedev is a serious contender for the title (AFP via Getty Images)

Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6, 1-0 Felix Auger-Aliassime

07:44 , Lawrence Ostlere

Evans starts the third set with much more assurance, and rattles through his service game with relative ease for the first time in a long time. A promising start and signs this match is not over just yet.

Second set, Auger-Aliassime! Dan Evans 4-6, 1-6 Felix Auger-Aliassime

07:37 , Lawrence Ostlere

You join us with Dan Evans – Britain’s final singles contender at this Australian Open – in serious trouble and on the brink of exiting the tournament. He gave a good account of himself in the first set against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, but the second was one-way traffic and Evans will need a stunning recovery to maintain his place in Melbourne.

Dan Evans carrying British hopes after watching compatriots fall in Melbourne

Friday 21 January 2022 19:01 , Jack Rathborn

Dan Evans carries British hopes into the third round of the Australian Open as he bids to match his best run at a grand slam.

The 24th seed had an unexpected day off on Thursday after opponent Arthur Rinderknech withdrew, and then watched all his compatriots fall around him.

Now Evans will take on ninth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime with a place in the last-16 at stake.

Auger-Aliassime has had a fine start to the season, leading Canada to the ATP Cup title, but has spent eight hours on court so far in Melbourne in gruelling victories over Emil Ruusuvuori and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina while Evans defeated David Goffin in round one inside two hours.

Their only previous meeting came at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, when Evans defeated Auger-Aliassime to win his first ATP Tour title.

The Canadian, 21, was very good very young but his progress had stalled a little before he hooked up with Rafael Nadal’s uncle and former coach Toni last spring.

Appearances in the Wimbledon quarter-finals and US Open semi-finals followed and Auger-Aliassime told ausopen.com: “Him being there is a huge source of motivation and more than anything it’s confidence and trust.

Dan Evans carrying British hopes after watching compatriots fall in Melbourne

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