MELBOURNE, Australia. Alex de Minor’s crushing loss on Monday night to 21-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic marked the end of the road for the Australian contingent at this year’s Australian Open.

Once again, it’s time to evaluate the performances of local residents. For this exercise, we are only considering singles, not doubles. So, taking into account experience, expectations, opposition and, of course, performance, it’s time to evaluate them.

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Alexey Popyrin
Defeated by Ben Shelton in the 3rd round.
Grade: B+

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He becomes a true Australian Open specialist. Alexei Popyrin wowed the audience at Melbourne Park with his advance to the round of 16, notably the loss of eighth-placed American Taylor Fritz. Popyrin is the only Australian to beat the top 10 seeds at the Australian Open in the last 18 years; and now he’s done it twice! An epic match against Fritz, as well as his first round match against Chun-Hsin Tseng, which also went five sets, may have taken its toll as he struggled to shoot against Ben Shelton in the next round. But now that Shelton has reached the quarterfinals of the tournament, this result looks very worthy for Popyrin.

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Alex de Minaur
Defeated Novak Djokovic (4th) in the 4th round.
Grade: B

This year’s Australian Open campaign was very similar to last year’s for de Minor, who went through the first three matches before losing outright in the fourth round, albeit to the tournament’s nine-time champion. For this reason, his score should be lower than in 2022, when he received an A.

Once again de Minaur will leave Melbourne Park with more work to do. His serve continues to be a weak point in his game, and Djokovic took advantage of this with ease. Throughout the tournament, de Minaur could only complete his first serve 57% of the time. The 23-year-old should also take the time to practice the overhead shots that got him into trouble against Djokovic and Benjamin Bonzi in the third round.

Thanasi Kokkinakis
Defeated by Andy Murray in the 2nd round
Grade: B

It was a match of the tournament and one of the highlights in Slam history. The five-hour, 45-minute slug fest between Thanasi Kokkinakis and Andy Murray will be remembered for a long time, especially for the Aussie, who turned out to be excruciatingly short. Kokkinakis lost the deciding set 7-5 but earned a lot of fans with his daring performance against the three-time tournament winner. Earlier in the tournament, he thrashed Italy’s Fabio Fognini, losing just five games in a one-sided game.

Kim Birrell
Defeated by Linda Frukhvirtova in the 2nd round.
Grade: B-

She lost the set to No. 31 Kaia Kanepi, but Kim Birrell refused to give up, finishing second in a tiebreak before running away with the decider. It was perhaps the best victory of her young career. Unfortunately, Birrell was unable to support 17-year-old sensation Linda Fruhvirtova in a one-sided match in the second round.

Jason Kubler
Defeated by Karen Khachanov (18th) in the 2nd round.
Grade: B-

The appearance of wildcard Jason Kubler in the second round should be considered a real victory. The 29-year-old from Brisbane dealt with Sebastian Baez in his first match before falling to eventual quarter-finalist Karen Khachanov in four matches. Kubler was able to win the set against the Russian and was far from embarrassed in what is now his best home Slam performance. Kubler has won a match in the last four Majors.

Olivia Gadeki
Lost to Marta Kostyuk in 2nd round
Grade: C+

The 20-year-old from the Gold Coast, ranked 199th in the world, excelled in her first round match against Polina Kudermetova, winning 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the second round of the Australian Open. for the first time in his career. Gadetsky struggled to support Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk, winning just three games in the round of 16.

Rinky Hijikata
Defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas (3rd) in the 2nd round.
Grade: C+

It was a win in his first home Slam match for Rinka Hijikata, in which he won two sets to drastically beat German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann. As you might expect, world No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas made short work of him in the next round, winning in straight sets, but that didn’t stop Hijikata from taking home a check for A$158,850. His ATP rating should also be significantly upgraded in the coming weeks.

John Millman
Defeated by Daniil Medvedev (7th) in the 2nd round.
Grade: C

Another Australian wildcard, John Millman was able to make it out of the first round before being eliminated in the second match. The attractive Queensland fighter edged out Marc-Andrea Huesler in a five-set swing match and can consider himself a little unlucky to face 2022 Australian Open finalist Daniil Medvedev in the next round. Millman was well beaten by the Russian and the loss looks a little worse now that Medvedev has been sent to the round of 16.

Alexander Vukic
Defeated by Brandon Holt in the 1st round.
Grade: C

Aleksandar Vukic gave everything but lost in a five-set epic against American Brandon Holt, a match in which he actually scored more points than his opponent (144-140). He also deserves credit for knocking out another American, Michael Mmoch, in the qualifiers, who then made it into the last 32 as the lucky loser.

Jordan Thompson
Defeated by JJ Wolf in the 1st round.
Rating: C-

Jordan Thompson is not at all disgraced, but was eliminated early from the tournament, losing four sets to American JJ Wolfe. Like many of these Aussies, this defeat looks quite respectable after Wolf reached the fourth round and almost secured his place in the quarter-finals.