Jannik Sinner defeated Marton Fucsovics 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 to reach the Australian Open fourth round on Friday, while Barbora Krejcikova advanced after Grand Slam organisers defended their schedule despite the previous day’s late conclusion.
Former French Open winner Krejcikova, a 2022 Melbourne Park quarter-finalist, defeated Anhelina Kalinina 6-2, 6-3 to go to a possible match against American third seed Jessica Pegula.
After dropping his serve twice and committing 18 unforced errors in the first set, 21-year-old Sinner had to work harder.
Fucsovics broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set following powerful baseline exchanges and went two sets up before Sinner switched gears.
Italian Sinner, the 15th seed, dropped only three games in the next two sets against a fading Fucsovics.
He blanked his opponent on Margaret Court Arena, which had just witnessed Andy Murray’s heroic comeback.
The former world number one called Friday’s 4.05 am finish “joke” and “disrespectful.”
After Murray claimed tennis must avoid late finishes after a spectacular 4-6, 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-3, 7-5 win against Thanasi Kokkinakis, tournament director Craig Tiley ruled out any immediate adjustments.