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    Jordan Thompson vs Nikoloz Basilashvili

    Jordan Thompson vs Nikoloz Basilashvili

    Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney
    Jordan Thompson Nikoloz Basilashvili
    2 SCORE
    7 First Set 5
    6 Second Set 2

    It’s Aussie versus Aussie non-Aussie at the Sydney International today as  Jordan Thompson battles lucky loser and surprise call-up Nikoloz Basilashvili in a first-round showdown. Join The Roar for live scores and analysis from around 5.45pm (AEDT).

    Thanasi Kokkinakis was the talk of the town leading up to the game, having triumphed in the Brisbane International doubles with Thompson, but it appears his injury woes haven’t yet abated, an abdominal strain forcing his withdrawal from the competition just before the scheduled start of play.

    With the Australian Open just days away, this latest injury could not have come at a worse time for Kokkinakis, who joins countryman and friend Nick Kyrgios among the walking wounded after the latter’s withdrawal from the Adelaide World Tennis Challenge with a knee complaint.

     

    His partner in that Brisbane International triumph, 22-year-old Jordan Thompson, is a man in form in both the singles and doubles, defeating David Ferrer on his way to the Brisbane International singles quarter-finals before being knocked out by eventual runner-up Kei Nishikori.

    Thompson has progressed a long way since emerging onto the international scene with a heartbreaking five-set loss to Jerzy Janowicz at the 2014 Australian Open, and his current world ranking of 75 is more than justified.

    His opponent, 24-year old Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, is a relative unknown on the international scene, but he has several notable career highlights under his belt. He reached the third round at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, defeating 15th seed Feliciano Lopez on the way, and just this year made his first ATP final, losing to Italian Paolo Lorenzi in the Austrian Open.

    In October, he also claimed his first big fish, taking out world number 10 Tomas Berdych in the Vienna Open.

    Prediction
    Thompson would have been expecting to play good friend and doubles partner Kokkinakis in this one, but while the Georgian is an unfamiliar opponent, the hard-running Australian should be too good in this one.

    Thompson in two sets.

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    • Roar Guru

      7:16pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:16pm | ! Report

      Jordan Thompson moves into the second round with a crushing 7-5, 6-2 victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili in front of his home crowd. Having prepared to face doubles partner and friend Thanasi Kokkinakis in the lead-up, it was an impressive feat to shrug off the surprise of Kokkinakis’ withdrawal and play his natural game so well. He appeared perfectly suited for Basilashvili’s game, who threw attempted winner after attempted winner at Thompson, but found himself just having to keep playing and keep playing before the inevitable error.

      Probably the main focus of the game was Basilashvili’s plentiful unforced errors, many of them ghastly, but Thompson’s defensive game was excellent. There was a stretch in that second set where Basilashvili played some quite good tennis, but simply couldn’t do anything about Thompson’s power running and athleticism. It was almost like watching a poor man’s Novak Djokovic at times, such was his returning ability.

      Well, Basilashvili departs the Sydney International as quickly as he came, while Thompson progresses to the second round, where he’ll face German fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Should be an interesting tussle.

      That’s it from me. Sorry about the lack of Kokkinakis, but at least we got to see an Aussie record a triumph on home soil. A pretty good day for the men down under after Alex De Minaur’s triumph, although Daria Gavrilova was trouced off the court by Johanna Konta. Oh well. Can’t have them all. Evening, all, and thanks for tuning in!

    • Roar Guru

      7:10pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:10pm | ! Report

      Thompson finishes in style! A lovely ace right down the T, swinging away, and Basilashvili just watches it go by!

      Thompson 7 6
      Basilashvili 5 4

    • Roar Guru

      7:09pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:09pm | ! Report

      Not far away now as Basilashvili’s erratic forehand continues to haunt him, this time sending the ball long for the umpteenth time. A pair of match points.

      40-15

    • Roar Guru

      7:09pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:09pm | ! Report

      Now Thompson makes a rare error and breaks a run of 8 straight points as he sends a backhand a smidge long.

      30-15

    • Roar Guru

      7:08pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:08pm | ! Report

      Basilashvili makes another mistake, this time a forehand aimed at the baseline but too long.

      30-0

    • Roar Guru

      7:08pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:08pm | ! Report

      Basilashvili has made a plethora of unforced errors, but the Thompson defensive game has been just sublime. Starts off with a wide ace to move within 3 points of a straight sets win.

      15-0

    • Roar Guru

      7:06pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:06pm | ! Report

      Outstanding defensive tennis from Thompson! Basilashvili looks to have him beaten with a sizzling forehand down the line, but Thompson somehow gets to it and gets his lob bang on, right on the line. With the point back on tenterhooks, it’s too much for Basilashvili, who sends his cross-court backhand wide! Broken to love, and the double-break for Thompson! He’ll serve for the match now.

      Basilashvili 5 2
      Thompson 7 5

    • Roar Guru

      7:05pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:05pm | ! Report

      Second double fault from Basilashvili in a row. Looks to be running out of steam.

      0-30

    • Roar Guru

      7:04pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:04pm | ! Report

      Double fault from Basilashvili gives Thompson an early point.

      0-15

    • Roar Guru

      7:04pm
      Tim Miller said | 7:04pm | ! Report

      Once again, Thompson’s defensive game proves too much for Basilashvili, as some heavy baseline hitting where both men have to stretch precedes Basilashvili sending a backhand long. Thompson backs up the break with a hold.

      Basilashvili 5 2
      Thompson 7 4

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