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Aussie Open Round 2: Čilić, Ćorić, Martić Through; Vekić, Karlović Done

January 16, 2019

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2018 Australian Open finalist Marin Čilić

 

 

After a slight miscue in the second set against Mackenzie McDonald, #6 Marin Čilić dismissed the American in four sets Wednesday night in Melbourne and will now play #26 Fernando Verdasco Friday. After winning the first set against McDonald, Čilić took the second set into a tiebreak where he was quickly up 4-0. But the wheels came off the wagon and Čilić would lose his composure, ultimately dropping the tiebreaker 11-9. Čilić took the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 and will now get into the nitty gritty of the Aussie Open, playing Verdasco next and then possibly #10 ranked Russian Karen Khachanov in the fourth round.

 

 

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Borna Ćorić

 

 

After earning his first ever Australian Open win over Steve Darcis on Tuesday, #11 Borna Ćorić took care of business against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the second round Thursday afternoon. Ćorić won 6-3, 6-4, 3-3 in straight sets and will now play Serbian Filip Krajinovic in the third round. Big things are expected from the 22 year-old from Zagreb and a run into the quarterfinals wouldn’t be impossible.

 

 

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Petra Martić

 

 

#31 Petra Martić defeated Czech Republic’s Marketa Vondrousova 6-4, 7-5 in the second round Wednesday night and will now have an extremely tough test against #5 ranked Sloane Stephens in the third round, who won the 2017 US Open.

 

 

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Donna Vekić

 

 
#29 ranked Donna Vekić was upset by Wild Card Kimberly Birrell 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 Wednesday night during their second round match. The winner was primed to play #2 Angelique Kerber in the third round but Vekić, nonetheless, needs to win matches against unranked players if she’s ever going to put herself in a position to climb into the top-ten.

 

 

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Ivo Karlović

 

 

The 6′ 11″ Ivo Karlović dropped his first two sets against “The Man From Japan” #8 Kei Nishikori in their second round duel Thursday night but came back 7-5, 7-5 to force a fifth and deciding final set. The 39 year-old Karlović pushed Nishikori all the way to a 10-point tiebreak but fell just short of the finish line; ultimately losing 10-7 in the deciding tiebreaker. Karlović is anything but a complete tennis player, but the ‘serving master’ sent the #8 player in the world to a fifth set at a Grand Slam. Not bad at all for someone who turns 40 in the next two months.

 

 

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Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 5 comments





  1. Iggy Iggy says:

    Yep. Coric cruising with a break but rain’s stopped play. Karlovic was pretty unlucky but he put in a good effort there. Didn’t expect him to push Kei that much. Anyway so far so good, Cilic and Coric still cruising through.



  2. Dannyj says:

    Exciting to have two potential top ten men’s players very soon
    We be moving on up
    Iggy do u think Borna is capable of winning grand slams?



  3. Aussie Croat says:

    Vekic is useless. Wins the ones she’s supposed to lose and lose the ones she’s supposed to hammer. She’s what, 22? If she doesn’t do anything in the next 12-24 months she’s gonna be another Kournikova. Without the rich husband.





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