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Nick Kyrgios, the highest-ranked left-hander at Wimbledon 2021, resumes an impressive five-set battle against 21st seed Ugo Humbert on day three.

London, United Kingdom, June 30, 2021 | Lee Rogers

The rain wreaked havoc on the opening two days at Wimbledon, which means that a number of first-round singles matches have yet to be completed.

Seven Australians are working on day three, all looking to move on to round two. That includes both Nick Kyrgios and qualifier Chris O’Connell, who are resuming their first-round battles against opponents seeded in tense playgroups.

Australians in action:

Jordan Thompson (Australia) vs. [12] Casper Rudd (nor)
Gentlemen’s Singles, First Round, Court 12, Game One (from 8pm AEST)
Thompson’s difficult streak of draws continues at Wimbledon, as the world number 78 seeks to achieve his first major tie on world number 14 Rod. The 22-year-old Norwegian, who currently ranks high in his career, is looking to score his first win at the All England Club. This is their third meeting at a Grand Slam. Rudd won a five-set fight at Roland Garros in 2018, then scored a victory by retiring at the 2021 Australian Open.
Head-to-head: Rudd leads 2-0
Last game: Roode won 6-3, 6-3, 2-1, retired. (Australian Open, February 2021)

Alexei Buberin (Australia) – Kei Nishikori (Japan)
Gentlemen’s Singles, First Round, Court 17, Game One (from 8pm AEST)
The 21-year-old Popyrin, ranked #67, is enjoying the best season of his career. He won his first ATP title in March and proved that he can beat outstanding opponents, saving match points to defeat world number 13 David Goffin at the Australian Open. In his second major appearance, Popyrin faces the experienced Nishikori. The world No. 53 from Japan is a former world No. 4 and two-time Wimbledon champion.
Match history: first job interview

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Nick Kyrgios (Australia) Fifth [21] Ugo Humbert (France)
Gentlemen’s Singles, First Round, Court No. 1, Game Two (not before 11pm AEST)
Kyrgios had the momentum when this high-quality fight was held up at 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 1-6 3-3 late on the second day. The 26-year-old, playing his first competitive match since the Australian Open, fired an impressive eight-winner and unintentional fouls to seal the fourth set and keep the tournament alive. Buoyed by memories of saving two match points against 23-year-old Humbert at Melbourne Park, could Kyrgios have another thrilling win coming from behind?
Match record: 1-1 draw
Last meet: Kyrgios won 5-7 6-4 3-6 7-6 (2) 6-4 (Australian Open, February 2021)

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James Duckworth (Australia) v Radu Albot (MDA)
Gentlemen’s singles, first round, stadium 8, second match
Duckworth is a player thriving with momentum – and he has plenty now. After winning the first major draw of his career at Roland Garros last month, the world number 91 has since racked up six victories on grass. The 29-year-old is now aiming to reach the second round of Wimbledon for the first time since 2015. 93rd world seed Radu Albot, 31, from Moldova, faces in the first round.
Head-to-head: Albot leads 1-0
Last meet: Albot won 7-6 (1) 6-1 (Kolkata, March 2015)

Agla Tomljanovic (Australia) Fifth [Q] Great Menin (Belgium)
Women’s Singles First Round Venue 9 Second Match
28-year-old Tomljanovic is self-confident – and it shows in her results. The world number 75 scored her first top-20 win on grass two weeks ago, defeating Elise Mertens in Birmingham. “I hit the ball my best at Wimbledon,” she says. Tomljanovic, who appeared in her sixth main draw at the All England Club, began her campaign against the other Belgian, seeded 118 in the playoffs, Minin.
Match history: first job interview

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[Q] Chris O’Connell (Australia) Fifth [13] Gael Monfils (France)
Gentlemen’s singles, first round, stadium 12, second match
O’Connell’s debut at Wimbledon has already proven unforgettable, as he won three matches to qualify for the main draw. The world’s 130th epic first round fight with the World 17 Monfils has now extended to day three. They resume play at 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (5), 6-4 2-3, with the 27-year-old from Sydney attempting his first win among the 20’s. Perseverance is one of O’Connell’s greatest traits, so expect him to keep fighting hard.
Match history: first job interview

[Q] Eileen Perez (Australia) Fifth [Q] Clara Borel (France)
Women’s Singles First Round Stadium 5 Third match
Perez made his first Wimbledon main draw match in impressive fashion, firing 87 winners to defeat three top-ranked competitors in last week’s playoffs. The 25-year-old, ranked No. 235, has a high chance of continuing her victory. Her first-round opponent is a fellow qualifier, and she also made her Wimbledon debut. The 20-year-old Burrell is a former No. 1 debutante in the world and is currently ranked No. 143.
Match history: first job interview

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