Australian Open 2024 LIVE updates: Defending Aussie duo Hijikata and Kubler out; Thompson and Purcell up next; Alcaraz, Swiatek up later

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Australian Open 2024 LIVE updates: Defending Aussie duo Hijikata and Kubler out; Thompson and Purcell up next; Alcaraz, Swiatek up later


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Business as usual for the top seeds, one Aussie left standing in the second week and are we witnessing the making of a star?

Chris Stubbs and Wally Masur break down all the action from Day 6.

Well, that’s two more Aussies done. The defending men’s doubles champions, and Aussie fan favs, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler have fallen to German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer in the second round on court 3.

The home talent dropped the opening set 6-4 and, although they fronted a comeback and claimed the second 6-4, couldn’t keep it up. They lost the third, and the match, 6-3.

It was a spirited effort from 22-year-old Hijikata and 30-year-old Kubler.

Still fighting in the men’s doubles are Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell, who are up next on show court 2, against Monaco’s Hugo Nys and Poland’s Jan Zieliński.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler out of the men’s doubles in the second round.Credit: Eddie Jim.

After holding serve, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler now have another chance to break their German opponents.

Hanfmann and Koepfer have comfortably taken the first two points of the game, before the Australia duo raised the pressure and pushed it to 15-30, exciting the fans at court three.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler in action in the doubles.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler in action in the doubles.Credit: Eddie Jim

But in almost blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fashion, the German combination quickly wrapped up the game, to now lead 5-2 in the third set. Hijikata and Kubler need to hit back fast.

Things have taken a turn for Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler against German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer, with the Germans breaking the Australians to go 3-1 in the deciding third set.

Can they fight back from here? The crowd is certainly upping its support for the Australian duo as they try to claw back the break. While they pushed to 30-30, Hanfmann and Koepfer were able to hold and consolidate at 4-1.

Defending Aussie doubles duo Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler have come back from being a set down to make it evens stevens on court three and are igniting the home crowd.

They are now a set apiece with German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer. Each claimed theirs 6-4.

Things are looking interesting for the third.

Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata in men’s doubles on day six of the Australian Open.

Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata in men’s doubles on day six of the Australian Open.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

The crowd at court three are getting very vocal, trying to spur on Aussie duo Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler as they fight to claim the second set after dropping the first.

That “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie” chant as strong as ever on day seven at Melbourne Park.

They are up against German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer, who won the opening set 6-4. But now Hijikata and Kubler are up four games to three, and, boy, do have their game faces on.

Jason Kubler plays against Daniel Elahi Galan.

Jason Kubler plays against Daniel Elahi Galan.Credit: Eddie Jim

Defending Aussie double’s duo Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler are fighting it out on court 3 at Melbourne Park against German pair Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.

The Aussies dropped the opening set 6-4 and have a hill to climb now.

On their side, however, is a full home crowd with punters here for the day sessions filling up the court and leaving barely a seat free.

Rinky Hijikata at the Australian Open.

Rinky Hijikata at the Australian Open.Credit: Getty

While there’s a lot of intriguing matches today, with big names such as Carlos Alcaraz, Iga Swiatek and Jelena Ostanpenko back in action, one to keep an eye on later this evening is Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime up against 2021 and 2022 Aus Open finalist Daniil Medvedev.

Daniil Medvedev.

Daniil Medvedev.Credit: AP

Auger-Aliassime reached as high as the world No.6 in 2022, and has consistently reached at least the fourth round in grand slams the past three years, but is yet to crack Medvedev.

The two have met on six occasions and the Russian walked has victorious on each.

With Medvedev at world No.2, it’s a tough ask for Auger-Aliassime to get one in his favour on the ledger, but we’ve seen a slew of upsets already this tournament, so anything could happen.

They’ll meet on Margaret Court Arena tonight.

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Alright, time to fire up, Aussie tennis fans.

The defending men’s doubles champions, Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler, are about to hit the court at Melbourne Park.

The next stop in their quest to go back-to-back are German duo Yannick Hanfmann and Dominik Koepfer.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler celebreate victory.

Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler celebreate victory.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

To get here, 22-year-old Hijikata and 30-year-old Kubler had a cruisey 6-2 6-4 victory against fellow Australian Chris O’Connell and his Serbian partner Laslo Djere in the opening-round.

The pair didn’t drop a single service game as they progressed their seven-match winning streak.

If you’re at Melbourne Park, head over to court 3 for all the action.

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