Australian Alexei Popyrin failed to repeat his five exploits from the first round when he faced South African Lloyd Harris
After the Australian cult hero had the biggest win of his young career against the Belgian David Goffin on Tuesday, he could not claim his second win in five sets in so many days and falls to Harris 2-6 6-1 3-6 7-6 3-6
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The Australian, who hails from France and had to be quarantined before the tournament, was visibly tired late in the three-hour game but was still able to show the same determination that he showed in beating 13th Seeds had not shown on a consistent level
After falling back a set, Popyrin managed to place the match twice to put it in a decision, with the fourth set alone lasting a full hour, however, it was clear he was struggling and his body was worn out made it difficult to win consecutive points
The game was level during the sixth playoff as the two players dueled back and forth for more than ten minutes. Harris eventually prevailed with a huge 4-2 forehand winner to break Popyrin’s serve and the To achieve victory
Harris, who had collected 25 aces for the match against Popyrins 21, loved the next game, but the 113-year-old Australian refused to give in and took the next game with an ace
However, Harris had other ideas and quit the job to love and finish Popyrin’s hopes of reaching the third round of the Australian Open for the third time
It was his third loss to Harris in as many meetings, and while both men scored the same number of winners, 49 each, casual mistakes hurt the crowd favorite
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