Dan Evans, the last remaining Brit in the men’s or women’s singles draw at the Australian Open, has been knocked out after losing in straight sets to Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round on Saturday.
Notable Men’s Matches on Sunday:
Notable Women’s Matches on Sunday:
It was a tough day at the office for British number two Evans, who was outclassed by ninth seed Auger-Aliassime, failing to recover from two sloppy errors that cost him the first set, as he was beaten 6-4 6-1 6-1.
Evans, who had been the last British player standing in the singles draw following the elimination of Andy Murray, Emma Raducanu, Cameron Norrie, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart and Liam Broady, was in a philosophical mood after his defeat and was keen to take the positives from the tournament as a whole.
“I wasn’t at the races as I have been and losing is difficult to take,” Evans told reporters. “But it has been a good swing here in Australia and a lot of positives to take.
“Losing here today is not the be all and end all. Losing is part of the sport.”
There were no such problems for world number two Daniil Medvedev, who eased into round four with a comprehensive 6-4 6-4 6-2 win over Botic van de Zandschulp, while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas needed four sets to get the better of Benoit Paire 6-3 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-4.
US Open champion Medvedev will face American Maxime Cressy in the last 16 (Cressy 9/1, Medvedev 1/25 – Match Result), while Tsitsipas, who is bidding to win his first Grand Slam title in Melbourne, will come up against 20th seed Taylor Fritz, who edged a five-set thriller with Roberto Bautista Agut (Bautista Agut 7/4, Tsitsipas 4/9 – Match Result).
In the women’s draw, second seed Aryna Sabalenka showed plenty of guts to get past former French Open finalist Marketa Vondrousova, coming from a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-1 and set up a fourth-round clash with Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi (Match Result – Kanepi 9/4, Sabalenka 1/3).
Simona Halep is also through, and the Romanian continued her dominant form when seeing off Raducanu’s conqueror, Danka Kovinic, 6-2 6-1.
The two-time Grand Slam winner has dropped just five games across her last two matches, and she will be hoping to maintain her red-hot form when she faces France’s Alize Cornet for a place in the quarter finals (Halep 1/10, Cornet 11/2 – Match Result).
The fourth-round action will get underway on Sunday, with the highlights from the men’s draw including Rafael Nadal (1/40), who is pursuing a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title, taking on experienced Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (12/1), while the winner of that match will face either third seed Alexander Zverev (1/5) or Canada’s Denis Shapovalov (10/3) in the last eight.
The pick of the women’s matches will see home favourite and world number one Ashleigh Barty (2/9), who is bidding to become the first Australian to win in Melbourne since 1978, take on American Amanda Anisimova (3/1), who stunned defending champion Naomi Osaka in round three.