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Russian player Khachanov to face Japan’s Nishioka in 2nd round of 2019 Australian Open

Karen Khachanov

Karen Khachanov


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MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Russian tennis player Karen Khachanov defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round of the 2019 Australian Open, which has $44.5 million in prize money up for grabs and runs between January 14 and 27.

The 22-year-old Russian, who is seeded 10th at the tournament, battled out the German opponent in 2 hours 28 minutes with the final score of 3-6; 6-3; 6-4; 6-3. Leading 4-3 in the 3rd set, Khachanov asked for a time-out complaining of pains in a leg.

Khachanov, whose best Australian Open result was the second round in 2017, is set to meet this year in the second round with Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan.

The 23-year-old Japanese tennis player cleared the first round on Monday by beating Tennys Sandgren of the United States 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4.

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