Alexander Zverev Australian Open

Crazy Australian Open stat as the men’s draw collapses

The shocks continued in the men’s singles at the Australian Open with the bottom half of the draw all but collapsing on day three.

Day two say arguably the biggest shock of them all as defending champion Rafael Nadal crashed out to MacKenzie McDonald.

The Spaniard suffered a hip injury during the match and will be out for 6-8 weeks, but it was still a major upset.

However, that has proven to be just the start of the shocks, with Casper Ruud leading a number of big names to lose in the bottom half of the draw.

The second seed lost to Jenson Brooksby, meaning neither of the top two seeds will feature in round three for the first time in 20 years.

It hasn’t happened since 2002 when Lleyton Hewitt and Gustavo Kuerten both suffered early eliminations.

That allowed 16th seed Thomas Johansson to win it that year, becoming one of the most unlikeliest Grand Slam champions in modern history.

Ruud was not the only fancied player to lose on day three. Alexander Zverev’s Grand Slam frustrations continued with him losing to American qualifier Michael Mmoh.

Meanwhile, Taylor Fritz, who was the eighth seed and one of the most in-form players coming into the Australian Open, lost to a Australian wildcard Alexis Popyrin.

There was no luck for Diego Schwarztman either, with him losing in straight sets to J.J. Wolf.

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.