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Rejuvenated Thompson advances in Sydney

Jordan Thompson has claimed his biggest scalp since his famous win over Andy Murray in 2017, beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets in Sydney.

Rejuvenated Thompson advances in Sydney

Jordan Thompson has claimed his biggest scalp since his famous win over Andy Murray in 2017, beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets in Sydney.

Australia's Jordan Thompson claimed his first top-50 scalp in over a year after defeating Adrian Mannarino in the first round of the Sydney International on Sunday.

In what was his biggest win since famously upsetting former world No.1 Andy Murray at Queen's Club in 2017, Thompson took full advantage of the out-of-sorts Frenchman to claim a 6-3 6-3 victory.


He advances to a second-round clash against second-seed and in-form reigning champion Daniil Medvedev, who has also made the final of this year's Brisbane tournament.

Thompson, 24, has never progressed past the second round of his home town tournament in four attempts but is eager for success after being floored by an illness last summer.

"I want to stay fit and healthy," Thompson told AAP.

"That year that I had all those great wins (in 2017), competing with guys in the top 10... I didn't do a good pre-season last year, I got sick and it really showed.

"This time last year I didn't win a match. I just fell behind physically and you lose confidence that way. I got a good pre-season in now and just feeling better about my body."

The world No.72 became the first local through in Sydney after teenager Alexei Popyrin lost a three-set heartbreaker to Martin Klizan.

Popyrin, who also lost his first match in Brisbane last week to Alex de Minaur, came back from one set down and 0-3 in the second on Sunday to force a final set.

Spurred on by a hearty crowd at Ken Rosewall Arena, the 19-year-old pushed the world No.41 to a tiebreaker before eventually falling 7-6 (6-4) 4-6 7-6 (7-5) in two hours and 41 minutes.

Earlier on Sunday, Australian wildcard hopefuls Christopher O'Connell, Destanee Aiava, Alexandra Bozovic, Abbie Meyers and Maddison Inglis all lost their qualifying matches.

Brisbane product Priscilla Hon was the only local to claim a main draw spot after coming from behind in her all-Australian qualifying match against Kim Birrell to win 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 3-6.

Australia's top-ranked male, de Minaur, opens his account against Serbian Dusan Lajovic, while No.1 female Ashleigh Barty takes on Jelena Ostapenko on Monday or Tuesday.

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