Munar Beats Anderson In Melbourne; Berankis To Face Nadal

Molcan sets up Goffin clash

Jaume Munar beat former World No. 3 Kevin Anderson for the first time in their third ATP Head2Head meeting on Wednesday at the Melbourne Summer Set. Munar won 6-4, 6-4 in hour and 50 minutes, and next plays Swiss lucky loser Henri Laaksonen.

Slovakia’s Alex Molcan, the Belgrade Open finalist (l. to Djokovic) last season, wore down Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-3 in two hours and 31 minutes for a second-round meeting against fourth-seeded Belgian David Goffin.

Alexei Popyrin, who earned a career-best 22 match wins in 2021, began his year with a 7-6(5), 6-3 win over Stefano Travaglia of Italy in one hour and 44 minutes. The Australian next challenges Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands.

Elsewhere, Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis knocked out Marcos Giron of the United States 7-5, 6-4 in 90 minutes for a clash against top-seeded Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal at Melbourne Park.

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