Read &Watch: Klizan Outlasts Popyrin To Earn First Sydney Victory
Thompson through to second round
The World No. 41, who lifted his sixth tour-level trophy in Kitzbuhel last year (d. Istomin), needed two hours and 41 minutes to overcome 19-year-old wild card Alexei Popyrin 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(5), winning 79 per cent of first-serve points (48/61) en route to victory. Klizan will next face Brisbane International semi-finalist Jeremy Chardy or eighth seed Andreas Seppi for a place in the quarter-finals.
Aussie wild card Jordan Thompson also booked his place in the second round, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-3 to reach the last 16 in Sydney for the third time. The World No. 72 saved all seven break points he faced and converted each of his three break opportunities in a clinical 78-minute victory. Thompson will meet defending champion and second seed Daniil Medvedev in the second round.
Did You Know?
In 2018, Thompson (52-17) notched the second most wins ever to be recorded in a single ATP Challenger Tour season. Only Carlos Berlocq (57) in 2007 has recorded more victories in a season at the Challenger level.