Around 22:15 in Melbourne, three of the men’s round two matches went to five sets almost simultaneously. A mixture of youth and experience were involved as the matches ended up going the distance at Melbourne Park, but who prevailed?
Stan Wawrinka 4-6 7-5 6-3 3-6 6-4 Andreas Seppi
That seventh game of a set does always prove to be vital on a majority of occasions.
This one was on the serve of the former champion Stan Wawrinka. Stan from two sets to one up quickly found himself in a spot of trouble and the experienced Italian broke the 15th seeds serve.
That break of serve looked like potentially being handed back but Seppi stood strong from 0-30 to get to game point but minutes later Wawrinka levelled back the match.
Stan got himself ahead at 5-4 and minutes later survived a bit of a scare as he broke the Italian’s serve one more time to win the match in five sets.
Taylor Fritz 4-6 6-7 7-6 6-2 6-2 Kevin Anderson
The fourth set between these two set what turned out to be a theme in the fifth and final set as well. Kevin is still on the comeback trail from injury and has performed very well so far.
An early break was unassailable for the South African who down 0-3 managed to get onto the board but the 29th seed from America Taylor Fritz didn’t give anything away.
Taylor didn’t give too much away and ended up not having to serve for the match in the end. The questions continued to be asked on the experienced Anderson’s serve and the American got the answers and from two sets down comeback to win!
Karen Khachanov 6-2 2-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 Mikael Ymer
It was Karen Khachanov who saw the first break point of the deciding set at 3-2.
The Russian managed to get himself ahead as he searches for a bit more consistency. However consistency has been tough to come by for the Russian who was then immediately broken back for 3-4 and Ymer serving behind once again but back on serve.
Breaks of serve continued to be exchanged with no-one taking the match in their advantage and once again Ymer would serve now to stay in the match at 4-5.
Mikael Ymer had some issues serving but a good hold and another break put the young Swede up 6-5 and would serve for the match against the 16th seed!
Big forehands from the Russian broke the Swedes serve once again and would send us to a match tie-break.
It was like Noah’s ark to begin the tie-break. Two by two the points went. Two for Karen, two for Mikael and two for Karen at the first change over leading 4-2.
The 21 year old wasn’t going to go away levelling at 5-5 before the Russian found the corner of the court to edge ahead once again.
A backhand from Khachanov found the net and at the change over nothing separated the two at 6-6.
For the first time, Mikael took the lead at 8-6 but moments later he was pegged back and suddenly serving against a match point to Khachanov.
The Russian sealed the win after a forehand long from Ymer who can be super proud of his efforts in a match of equal points with both players winning 176 points each!