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Aussie duo Alex de Minaur and wildcard Alexei Popyrin have won through to the third round of the Australian Open, while countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis leads Sir Andy Murray by two sets in his bid to join the pair.Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic battled injury and heckling on Rod Laver Arena, avoiding disaster on a day where top players fell like flies.Follow all the action in our live blog below!Watch Tennis Live with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. Live Coverage of ATP + WTA Tour Tournaments including Every Finals Match. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >Second seed Ons Jabeur was immensely frustrated.Source: Getty ImagesWORLD NUMBER TWO BOWS OUT IN ‘LATE NIGHT HEIST’Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur has been knocked out of the Australian Open in devastating fashion, with the world number two left in tears and clearly distressed after her late night loss on Thursday.Jabeur was beaten by Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-1 7-5 6-1 in a match that lasted until after 1am local time.“It’s not the Jabeur we’ve come to expect,” commentator Samantha Smith said.“Very much off colour tonight.”While Jabeur stayed composed in the final set as she stared down a 5-0 deficit and Vondrousova serving for the match, the Tunisian star couldn’t hold in her emotions as she broke down exiting the court.Cameras showed Jabeur drop to her knees in the tunnel as Vondrousova made her way to her post-match interview.It was a stunning defeat for Jabeur who won just 14 points in a horror first set “littered with errors”, according to Smith.Vondrousova didn’t offer up a single break point on her way to claiming the first set in just 24 minutes.“She just could never get anything going,” commentator Chanda Rubin said.“Vondrousova didn’t get tight or start doubting. “She just stayed the course and kept the focus.”It took a mighty effort for Jabeur to fight off two break points in the opening game of the second.And when she went up a break, the match momentum seemed to sway.Despite losing her cool twice in the set, the 28-year-old managed to snare the second and send the match to a decider.But from that point, it was all Vondrousova as she raced to a 5-0 lead. Despite not being able to serve out the match on her first attempt, she needed just two match points to go through to the third round.“It’s always tough to come back after such a long time … but I felt good,” she said.“I worked on my fitness a lot when I had the wrist (surgery). I’m just very happy to be back on this level.”Commentator Chanda Rubin was critical of Jabeur’s lack of patience in the second round loss on Thursday night.“Jabeur is just unwilling to work the point long enough,” she lamented.“It’s kind of feast or famine for Jabeur.“The unforced error count has been through the roof.”The loss continues Jabeur’s unhappy run at Melbourne Park where she has passed the third round just once in six attempts.Jabeur had arrived at the AO full of confidence after a brilliant 2022 season that saw her a finalist at both Wimbledon and the US Open.KOKK CLOSES IN ON DREAM AUSSIE NIGHTThanasi Kokkinakis is on the verge of making it three Aussies from three in Thursday evening’s action, with the Australian leading Andy Murray in their Margaret Court Arena blockbuster.Kokkinakis was at his big-serving, big-hitting best from the start, nailing five aces with no double faults in the first set, all while serving at 75 per cent.He successfully defended three break points on his opening service game of the match, before breaking Murray at 2-2. The Australian came close to breaking Murray again at 2-4 but failed to convert two opportunities. It would prove needless, however, with Kokkinakis serving out the first set 6-4. He successfully defended three break points on his opening service game of the match, before breaking Murray at 2-2. The Australian came close to breaking Murray again at 2-4 but failed to convert two opportunities. It would prove needless, however, with Kokkinakis serving out the first set 6-4. In the second stanza, Kokkinakis broke to make it 5-4 before serving for the set – only for Murray to save three set points and earn back the break. But in the resulting tie-break, the Aussie surged to a 6-2 lead, and despite Murray again saving a pair of set points, Kokkinakis would not be denied as a 203km/h ace sealed a 7-4 tiebreak win.Kokkinakis broke early in the third set, before blowing up big time in an excoriating rant at the chair umpire full of expletives.The umpire had given Murray a time violation earlier in the match, but Kokkinakis was outraged when he received one of his own.“No mate, what are you doing! I’m waiting (for quiet). I’m waiting.“What is that s**t! You cannot call that while I’m waiting for quiet… You’re just saying that because you felt bad about his (Murray’s code violation). That’s 100 per cent!”Every time the umpire tried to answer, Kokkinakis replied with bile in his voice.You’re wrong! You’re wrong again!When play eventually resumed, a rattled Kokkinakis was broken after a point of unbelievable quality from the Scot – leading to the Aussie slamming his racket into the ground.Kokkinakis resumed his war with the umpire, saying: “It’s a bulls**t call. A bulls**t call!”The Australian earned a code violation for racket abuse, but it only increased his ire, with Kokkinakis directing his complaints to the match referee instead.Meanwhile, Murray asked the umpire: “Why do you get a warning for racket abuse, but you’re allowed to swear like sixty times? Some game!”DJOKOVIC BLOWS UP AT FANS, STRUGGLES WITH INJURY Record nine-time Aus Open champion Novak Djokovic is the clear tournament favourite and the second-highest seed remaining in the men’s draw.But he struggled deeply with a hamstring injury – and blew up deluxe over fan heckling – in his 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 6-0 second-round win over French qualifier and world number 191 Enzo Couacaud. Djokovic comfortably won the first set 6-1 after his rival rolled an ankle and required a medical time-out in the opening minutes.But Djokovic needed a nine-minute medical time-out in the second set for treatment on a hamstring injury he suffered in Adelaide, and looked in discomfort throughout the match.Novak Djokovic struggled with injury to beat the world number 191Source: Getty ImagesIn the the fourth set, Djokovic’s fury at heckling from a section of the crowd dressed as Where’s Wally boiled over in a wild rant.Djokovic said: “You know who it is… The guy is drunk out of his mind, from the first point he’s been provoking me. He’s not here to watch tennis, he just wants to get in my head. I’m asking you – what are you gonna do about it?”“You heard him at least ten times,” Djokovic continued. “I heard him 50 times… Why don’t you get security, get him out of the stadium?” ‘Drunk out of his mind’: Furious Djoker explodes, but win can’t hide injury doubtFans in the crowd dressed up in ‘Where’s Wally?’ costumes are seen during the round two singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Enzo Couacauo of France on Rod Laver Arena during day four of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)Source: Getty ImagesDEMON PREVAILS IN TOUGH ‘CHESS MATCH’22nd seed Aussie Alex De Minaur managed to avoid the carnage which tore through the top-ranked players earlier on Thursday as he battled past a wily veteran in four sets, reaching the third round for the fourth consecutive time.It was far from comfortable, but the gutsy Aussie overcame French 34-year-old Adrian Mannarino 7-6(3) 4-6 6-4 6-1 in a three and a half hour stoush on John Cain Arena.“It’s always tough whenever I play Adrian,” De Minaur said.“It’s tricky. It’s a chess match out there and we both know it’s going to be very physical, we’re both going to play gruelling rallies. But it’s about staying tough and I dug really, really deep today and found an extra level that I probably didn’t know I had.”At times, the match became a war of attrition – with 71 points extending nine shots or more, with De Minaur winning 37 of them compared to Mannarino’s 34. The Australian was broken in his very first service game of the match, but immediately hit back with a break of his own. The Australian saw another break point opportunity at 4-4 but couldn’t make it count, with the set heading to a tiebreak. From 3-3 in the breaker, de Minaur roared clear with a clinical performance to seal the tie-break 7-3 with a booming 198 km/h serve.But the 34-year-old French veteran hit back immediately, breaking de Minaur in the opening game of the second set. De Minaur was broken again at 1-3, but managed to break back the following game as the two went toe-to-toe.Mannarino threatened yet another break with de Minaur serving at 3-5, but the Australian defended both break points to escape to 4-5 and force the Frenchman…

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