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Wimbledon: SW19 dream over for Alex de Minaur

Australia’s best hope of a Wimbledon title Alex de Minaur has seen his 2023 tournament come to an end after a straight-sets defeat to Italian Matteo Berrettini.

It has been a tough Grand Slam for Australia’s representatives, with only Christopher O’Connell reaching the third round of the men’s singles competition.

Berrettini too strong for De Minaur

De Minaur’s Wimbledon journey proved to be shortlived as the Sydney star suffered a 6-3 6-4 6-4 defeat at the hands of Berrettini on Court 18.

Ranked No.38, Berrettini made a strong start against De Minaur, who struggled to recover and saw his Wimbledon hopes dashed before they had really begun.

After Friday’s defeat, De Minaur has already turned his attention to the mixed doubles, as he partners English girlfriend Katie Boulter at the All England Club.

The pair have already enjoyed some success in the competition, beating Australian duo Storm Hunter and John Peers 6-2 6-4.

De Minaur and Boulter have spoken of teaming up on the court for some time and Boulter is enjoying the experience.

"It's something we've both wanted to do for quite some time. It's not often that you get to have that experience together, especially at Wimbledon," said Boulter.

"It's a totally different vibe going on court with him. I think we bring the best out of each other, in terms of tennis, on and off the court."

De Minaur and Bouler are 1.80 to win and 1.91 to lose their second-round clash against Vliegen Joran and Xu Yi-Fan on Sunday.  

Kubler loses out to Jarry

There was another second-round defeat for Brisbane’s Jason Kubler as he suffered a 7-5 5-7 6-3 6-4 defeat at the hands of Chile’s Nicolas Jarry.

Having beaten France’s Ugo Humbert in the first round, Kubler’s singles tournament was brought to an end by Jarry.

Like De Minaur, Kubler has switched his focus to doubles action as he partners fellow Aussie Rinky Hijikata against the pair of Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof in the second round.

Kubler and Hijikata are 4.50 to win and 1.18 to lose against Skupski and Koolhof.  

O’Connell the last man standing

Christopher O’Connell is the man left flying the flag for Australia as he reached the third round of Wimbledon after a 6-3 7-5 6-4 win over Jiri Vesely.

It was an impressive performance from the man from Sydney and he finds himself in the next round where he will face the American Christopher Eubanks on Saturday.

The 29-year-old O’Connell has reached the third round of the Australian Open but this is the first time he has made this stage at Wimbledon. 

Victory over Eubanks would see O’Connell land a place in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

O’Connell is 2.50 to win and 1.53 to lose out to Eubanks.  

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