Lloyd Harris reaches Australian Open 3rd round after 5-set battle

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Lloyd Harris. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
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South Africa's Lloyd Harris has reached the third round of the Australian Open after winning an epic five-set battle against local wildcard Alexei Popyrin.

In a seesawing contest that lasted exactly three hours, Harris prevailed 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.

The match was fairly evenly contested, with Harris hitting 25 aces compared to Popyrin's 21. Both players hit 49 winners but Harris made slightly less unforced errors (51 compared to 57).

This is the furthest world No 91 Harris has progressed at a Grand Slam event. The 23-year-old will next face American wildcard Mackenzie McDonald, who upset Croatian 22nd seed Borna Coric 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

South Africa's other participant in the men's singles, Kevin Anderson, was knocked out in straight sets by Italian 9th seed Matteo Berrettini on Tuesday.

Berrettini, a semi-finalist at the 2019 US Open, won the two-hour, 23-minute contest, 7-6 (11/9), 7-5, 6-3.

Collated results from day four of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday:

Men's singles

Second round

Andrey Rublev (RUS x7) bt Thiago Monteiro (BRA) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8)

Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Lorenzo Sonego (ITA x31) 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Casper Ruud (NOR x24) bt Tommy Paul (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5

Radu Albot (MDA) bt Christopher O'Connell (AUS) 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (10/8)

Lloyd Harris (RSA) bt Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

Mackenzie McDonald (USA) bt Borna Coric (CRO x22) 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Filip Krajinovic (SRB x28) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Daniil Medvedev (RUS x4) bt Roberto Carballes (ESP) 6-2, 7-5, 6-1

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE x5) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4

Mikael Ymer (SWE) bt Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/5)

Karen Khachanov (RUS x19) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x9) bt Tomas Machac (CZE) 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

Fabio Fognini (ITA x16) bt Salvatore Caruso (ITA) 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (14/12)

Alex De Minaur (AUS x21) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-3, 7-5

Cameron Norrie (GBR) bt Roman Safiullin (RUS) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Michael Mmoh (USA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-2

Women's singles

Second round

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-1, 7-6 (9/7)

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS x29) bt Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

Anett Kontaveit (EST x21) bt Heather Watson (GBR) 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-2

Shelby Rogers (USA) bt Olga Danilovic (SRB) 6-2, 6-3

Belinda Bencic (SUI x11) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Elise Mertens (BEL x18) bt Lin Zhu (CHN) 7-6 (10/8), 6-1

Karolina Muchova (CZE x25) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-4, 6-1

Karolina Pliskova (CZE x6) bt Danielle Collins (USA) 7-5, 6-2

Kaia Kanepi (EST) bt Sofia Kenin (USA x4) 6-3, 6-2

Donna Vekic (CRO x28) bt Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 6-2, 6-2

Jennifer Brady (USA x22) bt Madison Brengle (USA) 6-1, 6-2

Kaja Juvan (SLO) bt Mayar Sherif (EGY) 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-3

Jessica Pegula (USA) bt Samantha Stosur (AUS) 6-0, 6-1

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Nao Hibino (JPN) 7-5, 6-1

Yulia Putintseva (KAZ x26) bt Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR x5) bt Coco Gauff (USA) 6-4, 6-3

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