10.02.2021 - 06:09 Uhr
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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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