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Australian Open 2023 Day 4: American Jenson Brooksby upsets No. 2 Casper Ruud; Djokovic advances

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Upsets were the theme of the day on Day 4 of the 2023 Australian Open. There were a few surprises (more on those later), but the most impressive and important one was the loss of American Jenson Brooksby to Kasper Ruud, the second seed in the men’s competition.

Brooksby, who is only 22 years old, defeated Ruud 6-3, 7-5, 6(4)-7, 6-2 in four hours. It was a tense match, but Ruud just couldn’t consistently understand Brooksby, who plays in an unusual style and has the ability to do clumsy acrobatic returns while keeping the ball low. He just outplayed Ruud, who wasn’t ready for what Brouskby sent him.

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Over the past two days, the unseeded Americans have won the top two seeds in men’s singles at the tournament. Beware the world. American tennis may have just returned.

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On Thursday, the seeded players were dropping like flies. The Americans were not responsible for all the turmoil, but they were definitely the leaders. Here are all the failures of the 4th day (minus the defeat of Ruud by Brooksby).

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    The No. 2 seed in women’s singles is also missing as Ons Jabeur lost to the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova in three sets.

  • The road is over for No. 8 seeded American Taylor Fritz, who lost a thrilling five-set match to Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.

  • No. 9 Veronika Kudermetova lost to the qualifying American Cathy Volynets.

  • No. 12 Alexander Zverev lost to American Michael Mmoh.

  • No. 16 Anette Kontaveit was shot down by Magda Lynette.

How did the Americans do?

More Americans lost on Day 4 than on any other day, but the wins were huge. Here are all of Thursday’s American winners (minus Brooksby’s victory over Ruud):

  • In qualifying, World No. 115 Kathy Volynets beat No. 9 seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

  • Michael Mmoh, one of two lucky Americans who made it to the tournament, defeated No. 12 Alexander Zverev 6(1)-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

  • Aussie Open rookie Ben Shelton narrowly defeated qualified Nicholas Jarry 7-6(3), 7-6(3), 7-5.

  • JJ Wolf defeated 23rd Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.

  • Tommy Paul defeated Alejandro Davidovich Fokin 6-2, 2-6, 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Unfortunately, the road is over for Shelby Rodgers, Taylor Townsend, Lauren Davis, Claire Liu, Maxim Cressy, Denis Kudle, Brandon Holt and No. 8 seed Taylor Fritz. But, despite the heavy losses of the Americans on the 4th day, 13 people will go through to the 3rd round. This is the highest number at the Aussie Open since 2004, according to ESPN.

More results

  • #4 Novak Djokovic defeated Enzo Cuco to advance to the 3rd round after facing a bully and possibly worsening hamstring injury.

  • No. 4 Caroline Garcia beat Layla Fernandez in straight sets after the first set ended in a tiebreak.

  • Fifth seeded Arina Sobolenko extended her winning streak to six matches, losing to Shelby Rogers.

  • Andrey Rublev, who finished fifth in the men’s singles, took the lead after beating Emil Ruusuvuori.

Other winners include Holger Rune, Karolina Pliskova, Belinda Bencic and Camila Giorgi.

Main event of the day

If you want to see incredible tennis, take a look at Andy Murray, 35, playing against Tansy Kokkinakis on Thursday.

Murray and Kokkinakis are currently based in the UK. still play. Murray, down two sets to love, made an incredible comeback at 1:30am in Melbourne. Now they have drawn two sets and are playing a deciding set that will probably end around 4:00 local time.

Update, 12:15 PM EST: The match effectively ended after 4:00 AM local time and Murray incredibly completed his comeback and defeated Kokkinakis. The match lasted five hours and 45 minutes and was the longest of Murray’s long career.

What to watch on the 5th day?

Buckle up, everyone. Round 3 kicks off on Friday and you’re in for some fantastic matches. Here are some competitions among the best seeds that you can pay attention to:

  • No. 1 Iga Swiatek vs. Christina Search

  • no. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Tallon Greek Railway

  • When. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime When. 28 Francis Cerundolo

  • No. 10 Hubert Gurkach vs. No. 20 Denis Shapavalov

  • #11 Cameron Norrie vs Jiri Lehek

And it will be another big day for Americans. Here’s every American playing on Friday and his opponent.

  • No. 3 Jessica Pegula (highest seeded American remaining at the Aussie Open) vs. Marta Kostyuk

  • No. 7 Coco Gauff vs. Bernarda Pera (both American)

  • No. 10 Madison Keys vs. No. 24 Victoria Azarenka

  • No. 13 Danielle Collins vs. No. 22 Elena Rybakina

  • Cup. 16 Francis Tiafoe vs. Cup. 18 Karen Khachanov

  • Good. 29 Sebastian Korda vs. Good. 7 Daniil Medvedev

  • Mackenzie McDonald vs. No. 31 Yoshihito Nishioka

The full schedule for Day 5 can be viewed here.

USA's Jenson Brooksby celebrates defeating Norway's Kasper Ruud in their Australian Open second round match in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, January 19, 2023.  (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
USA’s Jenson Brooksby celebrates defeating Norway’s Kasper Ruud in their Australian Open second round match in Melbourne, Australia on Thursday, January 19, 2023. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


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