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Muller, Gilles

10.02.2021 - 06:09 Uhr

Diego Schwartzman earned his best Grand Slam performance last October at Roland Garros by making the semi-finals. Could the Argentine be on his way to another big major run Down Under?The eighth seed beat French lucky loser Alexandre Muller 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 in one hour and 32 minutes on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Australian Open. It is the third time in his past eight Slam matches that the Argentine has lost six games or fewer.Schwartzman made just 13 unforced errors and broke Muller's serve nine times to advance to the third round at Melbourne Park for the fourth consecutive year. The 28-year-old is flying higher than ever after competing in the Nitto ATP Finals for the first time last year.Schwartzman will next face Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev, who beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 6-0, 6-1, 6-0. In January, Karatsev qualified for this event, successfully navigating Grand Slam qualifying for the first time in 10 attempts.The 27-year-old, who was a member of the Russian team that won the ATP Cup, broke out in the second half of last season. Following the ATP Tour's resumption after a five-month suspension, Karatsev went 18-2 on the ATP Challenger Tour the rest of the year.

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04.08.2021 - 20:30 Uhr

Australian Nick Kyrgios has accepted a wild card into the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers, Tennis Canada announced Wednesday.This will be the seventh time the 26-year-old has competed in Canada’s ATP Masters 1000 event, where he owns a 5-6 record.“I’m really pleased to be playing in Toronto this year,” Kyrgios said in a statement. “I’ve always enjoyed my time in Canada and have great memories of playing there. Hopefully I can play well and put on a good show for my Canadian fans.”At Wimbledon, Kyrgios played his first tournament outside Australia since February 2020 in Acapulco. The World No. 77 has since played in Atlanta and Washington. He is 7-5 on the season.The National Bank Open Presented by Rogers will be held from 9-15 August in Toronto. The tournament alternates between Toronto and Montreal.