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AUSSIE TRIO EXIT TOKYO IN THE SECOND ROUND OF SINGLES ACTION

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
26/07/2021
20:00 PM

Australian trio John Millman, Ajla Tomljanovic and Max Purcell have all exited The Olympic Games in the second round of singles action on Monday. 

Millman was the first Aussie to hit the court on Monday, unfortunately going down to Spain's 16th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 4-6, 7-6(4), 3-6 on Court 3 at the Ariake Tennis Park. 

It was always going to be a tough matchup for Millman against the rising Spaniard who has enjoyed a breakout season on the tour, which included reaching the Roland Garros quarterfinals. 

Accompany that with an ankle injury, and the task would become even more difficult. But in true John Millman fashion, the Aussie battled on. 

The ankle injury came in the second set, where Millman found himself a set and a break behind the 22 year old. The moment came for Davidovich-Fokina to serve out the match, but as Millman always does, he fought hard and managed to break back, and eventually claw his way back into the contest by winning the set in a tiebreaker - all with the ankle injury which was evidently hampering him from moving as freely as he would've liked to. 

After dropping the second set, Davidovich-Fokina raced away to a 5-1 lead in the decider, but it's never that straight forward against Millman, and it wasn't going to be today. The Aussie once again fought back, but was eventually edged out 3-6 in the deciding set. 

Over on Court 2, Ajla Tomljanovic enjoyed a strong start against Ukraine's 4th seed Elina Svitolina. The Aussie was on fire and looked well on her way to causing a major upset as she led Svitolina 6-4, 3-1. 

Unfortunately, things went slightly pear shaped for Ajla from that point onwards, with Svitolina peeling off the next eight games to win the second set and move a double break up for a 3-0 lead in the decider. Tomljanovic kept battling though and eventually won both breaks back, levelling the score at 4-4. But it took one last strike from Svitolina, who once again lifted her level majorly, putting in a classy performance to defeat the Aussie 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a tight contest. 

In the match following on Court 2, Max Purcell returned to the court after his stunning upset win over 9th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime yesterday. 

Unfortunately, Max was no match for Germany's Dominik Koepfer, going down 3-6, 0-6 in 64 minutes. 

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