LIVE: 23-year-old Australian Alexei Popyrin has already equalled his greatest grand slam run, reaching the third round for the third time at Melbourne Park and the fifth time in the majors overall.
On Saturday night, the Australian Open wildcard chases a first-ever fourth round berth – and a $338,250 payday – as he battles American 20-year-old Ben Shelton.
For the third consecutive match, Popyrin lost the opening set – this time 3-6 – as he appeared to struggle with apparent nerves and failed to find his rhythm against the left-handed world number 89.
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