Two Aussies have golden opportunities to join the last 16 at their home slam on a massive Saturday at Melbourne Park.
Alex de Minaur headlines on centre court tonight, but before that wildcard Chris O’Connell faces an unseeded rival, giving him a realistic shot at earning a fourth-round berth.
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Chris O’Connell stormed back to take the second set against World No.70 Maxime Cressy in a thrilling back-and-forth contest but now the American has hit back.
O’Connell made a strong start with the pro-Australian crowd behind him before Cressy surged to take the first set 6-2.
The Australian left the court with what appeared to be a hip issue late in the set.
“This was the first time he pulled up and we saw his hand on his hip and he called for the trainer straight away,” Sam Groth said in commentary for Channel Nine.
“Off the court. Not a good sign. He looked pretty…