Kyrgios, De Minaur into round three at US Open; Kokkinakis forced to withdraw

IT has been a mixed day for the Australians over at the US tennis Open in New York.

Nick Kyrgios, Alex De Minaur and Alexei Popyrin were the successful Australians of the day, each winning their way through to the third round.

De Minaur was first through, beating Chile’s 31st seed Christan Garin 6-3 7-5 6-3 in their rain delayed second round match.


His impressive win earns him a shot at seventh-seed Kei Nishikori on Friday.

“Very pleased with that,” de Minaur said.

“Look, it’s not easy, especially with what happened yesterday, to come back again today and to play at a very high level, which I did throughout the whole match.

“I fought off some very tough games on my serve and I managed to hold on to that second set, which was huge.

“I put myself in tough situations today and got myself out of them, so very happy.”

20-year-old Popyrin managed to overcome a horror start to match his career-best grand slam run. He fought back from a set and a break down to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 2-6 7-5 6-3 6-2.

There was a little drama surrounding Nick Kyrgios once again, with the controversial star staging a pre-match protest over a logo dispute before cruising to a comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over French wildcard Antoine Hoang.

Sad news for Thanasi Kokkinakis who was forced to withdraw from what would have been a difficult task against World No.2 Rafael Nadal due to a shoulder injury.

It follows on from his first round win over Ilya Ivashka which lasted for almost four hours on Tuesday.

It was the first time the Aussie had made it through to the second round of a grand slam since the 2015 French Open.

Fellow Australian Jordan Thompson lost his second round clash, going down to 24th seed Matteo Berrettini 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-1.

Ajla Tomljanovic was also knocked out of the tournament with a 4-6 7-5 6-2 loss to Anett Kontaveit.