MELBOURNE, Australia — Fifth-seeded Andrey Rublev superior to the fourth spherical of the Australian Open for the third time in 4 years with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Dan Evans on Saturday.
Rublev hit 60 winners, together with 10 aces.
“Each match I am enjoying higher and higher,” Rublev mentioned. “Originally of the yr I misplaced a few shut matches in opposition to actually good gamers and misplaced a little bit of confidence.”
Rublev, who will play ninth-seeded Holger Rune within the final 16, additionally thanked Evans for serving to him by giving him a banana late within the first set.
“I requested for a banana they usually did not have any,” Rublev mentioned. “Dan had requested for bananas earlier and had two and he simply gave me one. He helped me with the vitality.”
Danish teenager Rune beat Ugo Humbert 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (5) to maneuver into the fourth spherical on simply his second go to to Melbourne Park.
Rune had a nasty-looking fall on the second level of the second set when his proper ankle slipped. He had his proper wrist checked however appeared unaffected as he claimed a convincing victory.
In a pair of all-American third-round matches, Tommy Paul scored a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jenson Brooksby, who was coming a second-round upset of second-seeded Casper Ruud, and J.J. Wolf took out Michael Mmoh 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
With Paul, Wolf and Sebastian Korda already within the spherical of 16, it equals essentially the most People within the fourth spherical since 2007, when James Blake, Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick made it. Korda superior with Friday evening’s upset of two-time Australian Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev.
Native favourite Alex De Minaur, the No. 22 seed, took out Benjamin Bonzi of France 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-1.
The Related Press contributed to this report.