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Shelton ends Popyrin dream to make last 16

Ben Shelton beat Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Saturday. He’ll face J.J. Wolf in the next round

Ben Shelton Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 21, 2023 Ben Shelton of the U.S. in action during his third round match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)
Australian Open •Third round • completed
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American Ben Shelton won against Australian wildcard Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-4 to move into the last 16 of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Shelton, ranked No 89, will face J.J. Wolf next.

Earlier in the tournament, the 20-year-old American beat Chinese Zhizhen Zhang (4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4)) and Chilean qualifier Nicolas Jarry (7-6 (3), 7-6 (3), 7-5).

Popyrin, ranked No 113, won against Chun-Hsin Tseng (4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-1) and American Taylor Fritz, the No 8 seed (6-7 (4), 7-6 (2), 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-2) in the previous rounds.

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

  • Grigor Dimitrov vs. Novak Djokovic: saturday
  • Andy Murray vs. Roberto Bautista Agut: saturday
  • J.J. Wolf beat Michael Mmoh (LL): 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
  • Tommy Paul beat Jenson Brooksby: 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
  • Alex De Minaur (22) beat Benjamin Bonzi: 7-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Holger Rune (9) beat Ugo Humbert: 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (5)
  • Andrey Rublev (5) beat Daniel Evans (25): 6-4, 6-2, 6-3
  • Sebastian Korda (29) beat Daniil Medvedev (7): 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
  • Karen Khachanov (18) beat Frances Tiafoe (16): 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9)
  • Hubert Hurkacz (10) beat Denis Shapovalov (20): 7-6 (3), 6-4, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3
  • Jiri Lehecka beat Cameron Norrie (11): 6-7 (8), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime (6) beat Francisco Cerundolo (28): 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
  • Yoshihito Nishioka (31) beat Mackenzie McDonald: 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-2
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) beat Tallon Griekspoor: 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-3
  • Jannik Sinner (15) beat Marton Fucsovics: 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0
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