Ebden gets the better of Tiafoe
Originally published on 01/01/18 00:00
The 30-year-old converted four of his five break-point opportunities to record a convincing win and set up an all-Australian meeting with Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday.
Looking ahead to his encounter with his compatriot, Ebden said: “Nick has obviously got a great serve. That's one of his biggest weapons that carried him through well over the past few years – with the upsets and good results that he's had. He's obviously good around the court and moves well for a big guy.”
Mischa Zverev, who ended Andy Murray’s Australian Open hopes last year, proved to be too strong for John-Patrick Smith. The German defeated the Australian qualifier 6-4 7-5.
Ryan Harrison’s prize for a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory over Leonardo Mayer is a second round clash with the returning Andy Murray later this week. The pair have met just once before, at the Australian Open in 2012, and the Brit triumphed in four entertaining sets.
The ever-improving Jared Donaldson recorded a 6-2 6-4 win over Jordan Thompson and Horacio Zeballos began his 15th year as a professional with a comprehensive 6-3 6-4 success over Ernesto Escobedo.