Four Australians knocked out of Dubai ATP

Australia’s men’s tennis players have had a rough day at the ATP event in Dubai, with Alex de Minaur, John Millman, Jordan Thompson and Chris O’Connell all eliminated.

Top-ranked Australian de Minaur came out strong in his second-round match against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, winning the first set.

But the 34-year-old Chardy steadied and took the match 2-6 6-3 6-4 to move through to the third round of the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Thompson, in his first match since he retired in the first round of the Australian Open, lost to Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori 6-3 7-6 (5).

Australian qualifier O’Connell won the first set but faded in his match against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris, going down 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-1.

And Millman fell to Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles 6-4 6-4.

The losses mean 21-year-old Alexei Popyrin is the only Australian left in the men’s draw in Dubai.

Popyrin, who is coming off his first ATP title win at the Singapore Open, will meet Russian Karen Khachanov in the second round on Tuesday.

In other fixtures, French veteran Richard Gasquet beat Italian Marco Cecchinato, while Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff was too good for Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin.

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