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Australian Open tennis: Medvedev, Tsitsipas advance; Muguruza upset

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Australian Open tennis: Medvedev, Tsitsipas advance; Muguruza upset
Daniil Medvedev of Russia (pictured) beat Nick Kyrgios in four sets Thursday in Melbourne. Photo by Dean Lewins/EPA-EFE

Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas were among the top men's players to advance with second-round wins at the 2022 Australian Open on Thursday in Melbourne. Garbine Muguruza, the women's No. 3 seed, lost in straight sets.

Medvedev, the men's No. 2 seed, beat Australian Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in a match that lasted nearly three hours. The Russian logged 31 aces and 68 winners.

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"It was a funny match because we both serve big," Medvedev said in his on-court interview. "You just try to return on the court, even if it's a bad shot. I managed in the second and fourth set to return a little more in a few crucial moments. These matches can be tight."

Earlier Thursday, Tsitsipas beat Argentine Sebastian Baez 7-6(1), 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4. That match lasted three hours and 22 minutes.

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Tsitsipas edged Baez 12-5 in aces and 44-35 in winners. The Greek No. 4 seed also won four break points, compared to Baez's two.

No. 5 Andrey Rublev of Russia and No. 9 Felix Auger Aliassime of Canada were the other Top-10 seeded men's players who advanced Thursday.

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No. 20 Taylor Fritz and Maxime Cressy were among the Americans who advanced in the men's singles circuit.

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The women's singles circuit featured several upsets Thursday in Melbourne. No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus was the top women's player, winning her second-round match. Alize Cornet of France secured the biggest upset, sweeping Spain's Muguruza in straight sets.

Cornet won that 87-minute match 6-3, 6-3. She matched Muguruza with 17 winners, but edged her Spanish counterpart 3-0 in break points won. Muguruza totaled 33 unforced errors, compared to Cornet's 16, in the loss.

No. 7 Iga Swiatek of Poland and No. 10 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia were the other Top-10 seeded women's players who advanced.

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No. 6 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, No. 12 Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan and No. 17 Emma Raducanu of Great Britain joined Muguruza with second-round exits.

No. 27 Danielle Collins was the lone American to advance Thursday in the women's singles circuit.

The first wave of third-round matches airs from 9 p.m. EST Thursday through 7 a.m. EST Friday on ESPN+ and ESPN2.

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