Popyrin falls quick in US Open thriller

2021-09-04 03:09:50

Alexei Popyrin has suffered grand-slam heartbreak, blowing a two-set benefit in a shattering third-round US Open loss at Flushing Meadows.

British twenty fourth seed Dan Evans denied Popyrin a spot within the second week of a serious for the primary time with a stirring 4-6 3-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-1) comeback win that ended Australia’s hopes within the males’s singles.

Jordan Thompson suffered an identical defeat from two units up on Friday, leaving girls’s world No.1 Ash Barty and Wimbledon quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic to fly the Australian flag in New York.

Popyrin can be gutted on the method of his exit, particularly having fallen within the third spherical of three earlier grand-slam occasions.

He and Evans obtained a standing ovation from the packed crowd on showcourt 17 following a pulsating four-hour, two-minute battle that includes some unbelievable shot-making from each gamers.

Popyrin, nonetheless, got here up quick regardless of delivering an explosive efficiency.

The 22-year-old blasted 77 winners to Evans’ 48 and hammered 18 aces to the Englishman’s one.

However Popyrin additionally coughed up 13 double-faults, together with one on match level handy Evans victory, and was damaged 5 instances.

In an impressed show of focus and focus, Evans dedicated simply eight unforced errors all match, giving Popyrin nothing, and was finally rewarded with a fourth-round date on Monday with world No.2 Daniil Medvedev.

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