Local fan favorite John Millman left the Australian Open after a brave effort in his game in the first round and lost in an exciting five-setter to Corentin Moutet

In more positive news for the Australian contingent at Melbourne Park, wildcard Alex Bolt reached the second round for the third time in a row

Millman had two sets led to one, but the French fought back to force a crucial set before hitting 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 before a small but noisy crowd won on Court Three in Melbourne Park

The decisive moment of the fifth set was the seventh game in which Millman played 3-3

Moutet, ranked 80th in the world, broke the Australian’s serve and cemented the break by leading 5: 3

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Millman, Australia’s second highest male player with 38 points in the ATP standings, stayed in the ninth game but was broken again when Moutet iced his win on the pitch after three hours and 45 minutes

He almost caused one of the surprises of the 2020 tournament in the third round when he put pressure on Roger Federer in a five-sentence thriller at the Rod Laver Arena

Bolt, who reached the third round of the Australian Open in 2019, beat his higher-ranking opponent Norbert Gombos in four sets on Court Five

Birrell was one of the Australians to hand over a wild card for the main draw at Melbourne Park and get a first-round match against an unknown player, but Marino won 6-0, 7-6 (11-9)

It looked like it was a quick game in seventh place when Marino broke the first set in 23 minutes, but Birrell got back into the game, largely thanks to Marino’s 42 casual mistakes, which made up more than 70 percent of the by Birrell points won

When the Gold Coast resident faced a woman more than 400 places ahead of her, she pushed Marino to a tie 6-6 after a service game with six twos in the second game

They also went point by point at the breaker until they finally got on 20 Point succumbed

Birrell simply lacked the power to threaten, he did not serve aces and only managed one winner for Marinos 10 and 10 respectively 25

But the Canadian world number 316 will play her game ahead of a possible collision with 19th-century Marketa Vondrousova Want to strengthen seeds in the next round

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