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Zverev out ! Lucky loser Mmoh books spot in third round in Melbourne

Michael Mmoh beat Alexander Zverev 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday night. He’ll play American J.J. Wolf in the next round

Michael Mmoh, Australian Open 2023 Michael Mmoh, Australian Open 2023 | © AI / Reuters / Panoramic
Australian Open •Second round • completed
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American lucky loser Michael Mmoh won against German Alexander Zverev, the No 12 seed, 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday night.

Mmoh, ranked No 107, will play American J.J. Wolf next.

The American overhauled Frenchman Laurent Lokoli (4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, 6-2) in the previous round, in two days. Goffin was due to meet Lokoli in the first round but he withdrew at the very last minute.

He barely believes what’s happening to him in Melbourne. “I don’t know if I’m going to finally wake up or something”, he said. “It just doesn’t seem real. Like, the past 48 hours has been a complete whirlwind from going from being ready to go back home, booking a flight, packing my bags”. I was supposed to leave on Wednesday. “Now I’m here, and I just had the best win of my career. It just doesn’t seem real. The two change of events is just insane.”

Zverev, ranked No 13 and back from injury, defeated Peruvian lucky loser Juan Pablo Varillas (4-6, 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-4) in the opening match.

Melbourne (Grand Slam), other second-round results (Melbourne Park, hard, USD 24.297.942, most recent results first):

  • Grigor Dimitrov (27) beat Laslo Djere: 6-3, 6-2, 6-0
  • Alexei Popyrin (WC) beat Taylor Fritz (8): 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2
  • Ugo Humbert beat Denis Kudla (LL): 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4
  • J.J. Wolf beat Diego Schwartzman (23): 6-1, 6-4, 6-4
  • Ben Shelton beat Nicolas Jarry (Q): 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 7-5
  • Jenson Brooksby beat Casper Ruud (2): 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2
  • Andrey Rublev (5) beat Emil Ruusuvuori: 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3
  • Tommy Paul beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (30): 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4
  • Daniel Evans (25) beat Jeremy Chardy: 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
  • Cameron Norrie (11) beat Constant Lestienne: 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3
  • Jiri Lehecka beat Christopher Eubanks (WC): 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
  • Tallon Griekspoor beat Botic Van De Zandschulp (32): 6-4, 6-4, 6-4
  • Sebastian Korda (29) beat Yosuke Watanuki (Q): 6-2, 7-5, 6-4
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) beat Rinky Hijikata (WC): 6-3, 6-0, 6-2
  • Hubert Hurkacz (10) beat Lorenzo Sonego: 3-6, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
  • Denis Shapovalov (20) beat Taro Daniel: 6-3, 7-6 (3), 7-5
  • Francisco Cerundolo (28) beat Corentin Moutet: 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5
  • Yoshihito Nishioka (31) beat Dalibor Svrcina (Q): 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
  • Daniil Medvedev (7) beat John Millman (WC): 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
  • Marton Fucsovics beat Lloyd Harris: 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
  • Karen Khachanov (18) beat Jason Kubler (WC): 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
  • Frances Tiafoe (16) beat Juncheng Shang (Q): 6-4, 6-4, 6-1
  • Mackenzie McDonald beat Rafael Nadal (1): 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime (6) beat Alex Molcan: 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
  • Jannik Sinner (15) beat Tomas Martin Etcheverry: 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
  • Andy Murray vs. Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Enzo Couacaud vs. Novak Djokovic
  • Adrian Mannarino vs. Alex De Minaur
  • Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Benjamin Bonzi: thursday
  • Brandon Holt vs. Roberto Bautista Agut: thursday
  • Maxime Cressy vs. Holger Rune: thursday
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