Tennis news - Men's round-up: Aussie wildcard Popyrin through as seventh seed Thiem retires hurt

Men's round-up: Thiem crashes out to wildcard, Zverev survives five-set thriller

17/01/2019 at 05:59Updated 17/01/2019 at 13:25

Seventh seed Dominic Thiem retired with injury in the Australian Open second round as Australian wildcard Alexei Popyrin progressed.

The impressive Popyrin was already two sets up when a clearly struggling Thiem threw in the towel, but the Austrian's retirement shouldn't take away from what was a highly impressive display from the 19-year-old Australian talent.

Popyrin took a tight first set 7-5, and as Thiem's injury issues began to surface the Australian took advantage to win the second set 6-4.

An early break in the third set saw the home favourite go two games up, with Thiem calling for the trainer for a final time shortly afterwards.

Video - Popyrin advances after seventh seed Thiem retires


Popyrin had beaten Mischa Zverev in the opening round and has gained the full support of a very vocal home crowd in Melbourne.

And late into Thursday evening on the Margaret Court Arena, Alexander Zverev survived a gruelling battle with Jeremy Chardy.

The German took a two set lead in the tight encounter, only to be pegged back to send the match to a deciding stanza.

But hours of toiling tennis in the Melbourne heat took its toll on a chastened Chardy, who capitulated in the fifth set, losing 6-1 to end an impressive performance on a disappointing note.

Elsewhere in the men's draw on Thursday, Croatian sensation Borna Coric is through to the third round of the Australian Open after a comfortable straight-sets win over Marton Fucsovics.

Coric is a man in form, and despite three double faults in his final service game, the number 11 seed regained his composure to complete a 6-4 6-3 6-4 win.

Video - Highlights: No 11 seed Coric passes Fucsovics test


It is the first time that Coric has reached the third round in Melbourne, and he took out the dangerous Fucsovics with a serve and volley to complete the success.

The 22-year-old beat Steve Darcis in straight sets in the first round on Tuesday and will now face the winner of Evgeny Donskoy's clash with Filip Krajinovic.

Video - Highlights: Carreno Busta sinks Ivashka in straight sets


Coric is determined to put himself in the Grand Slam conversation this year, and he is joined by Pablo Carreno-Busta in the next round after the Spaniard beat Ilya Ivashka in straight sets 6-2 6-3 7-6 (9-7).

Elsewhere, Fabio Fognini was taken to a tiebreak by Leonardo Mayer in the first set at the 1573 Arena, but the Italian 12th seed prevailed in straight sets 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Seeds David Goffin, Lucas Pouille, Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov all progressed to the third round, but there were two major shocks involving home players.

Alexei Popyrin dominated seventh-seed Dominic Thiem before the Austrian's retirement during the third set, while Alex Bolt won a thriller against Gilles Simon (seeded 29), twice coming from a set down to win a five-set epic.

Video - Wildcard Bolt ousts 29th seed Simon



8-Kei Nishikori (JPN) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 5-7 7-6 (10-7)

23-Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) bt Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 6-2 6-3 7-6 (9-7)

16-Milos Raonic (CAN) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (8-6) 7-6 (13-11) 7-6 (7-5)

11-Borna Coric (CRO) bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-4 6-3 6-4

12-Fabio Fognini (ITA) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 7-6 (7-5)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) bt Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6-2 6-1 2-6 6-4

Joao Sousa (POR) bt 32-Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-5 4-6 7-6 5-7 6-4

Filip Krajinovic (SER) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-4 7-6 7-6

21-David Goffin (BEL) bt Marius Copil (ROM) 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-4

Alex Bolt (AUS) bt 29-Gilles Simon (FRA) 2-6 6-4 4-6 7-6 6-4

28-Lucas Pouille (FRA) bt Maximilian Marterer (GER) 7-6 7-6 5-7 6-4

25-Denis Shapovalov (CAN) by Taro Daniel (JAP) 6-3 7-6 6-3

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) bt 7-Dominic Thiem (AUS) 7-5 6-4 2-0 (retired)

15-Daniil Medvedev (RUS) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-3 6-3 6-3