MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Open this year is starting to sound more American, or at least more Californian.

The unranked Jenson Brooksby defeated the No. In the second round, Norway’s No. 2 seed, Casper Ruud, won 6-3, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2 at Rod Laver Arena.

That occurred less than a day after Mackenzie McDonald, another Californian who was not ranked, upset the injured Rafael Nadal, the No. On the same court, the one seed and the defending champion.

Brooksby stated, “First and foremost, Casper is a warrior.” I was aware that the battle out there would be epic. I just wanted to have fun competing and was pretty confident in my level.

From a distance, it didn’t always look like fun. There were a lot of intense rallies with shot counts in the double digits. Even though Brooksby won most of them, which is impressive considering Ruud’s skill as a baseliner, he was unable to convert any of the three match points he had on his own serve at 5-3 in the third set.

Angry, Brooksby sat in his chair during the transition and yelled, “How, how how?”

Brooksby might have decided to give up when Ruud won the third set in a tiebreaker. Instead, after a break in the locker room, he returned to the court and broke Ruud twice in a row to take a 3-0 lead. Brooksby broke Ruud again at love after losing his serve to regain full control of the match.

On Brooksby’s fifth match point, he served out the victory as Ruud hit a backhand long.

The first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year is the 2023 Australian Open, which takes place in Melbourne from January 16 to January 29.

Brooksby stated, “I’m just really proud of my mental resolve there, after the third set battle did not go my way, to turn it around.” In three out of five of those scenarios, you definitely experience mental and physical exhaustion. My perspective was shifting a little as I became increasingly enraged. However, it all depends on how you react to it.

It was Brooksby’s most significant victory to date, and before the second round even started, the Australian Open was without its top two men’s seeds.

Following his exit from the Australian Open, Nadal, 36, made the announcement on Thursday that he had undergone a magnetic resonance imaging scan. His left inner hip’s iliopsoas muscle had been injured, according to the scan.

“The normal time estimated for complete recuperation is between six and eight weeks,” according to the announcement from his team, “he plans to return to Spain for treatment.” That would probably mean that Nadal won’t play in the next set of hardcourt tournaments, like the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. However, if he recovers, Nadal might be ready to play in the clay portion of the season. He may attempt to win his 15th singles title at the French Open, where he has dominated on the surface for nearly two decades.

Carlos Alcaraz, another star from Spain who is ranked No. The world number one suffered a leg injury in practice just before he was scheduled to leave for Australia and missed the Australian Open.

Even at 35, Djokovic is still the man to beat, but the American men are clearly rising again.

The 22-year-old Brooksby from Sacramento is a member of a talented group of players led by No. Taylor Fritz, ranked No. 8, and 16 Frances Tiafoe, who won the U.S. Open last year and reached the semifinals.

Brooksby and Tiafoe are two of seven American men who have reached the Australian Open’s round of 32 thus far. Ben Shelton, the 20-year-old son of former professional Bryan Shelton, and Sebastian Korda, the 22-year-old son of former Australian Open men’s champion Petr Korda, are members of the group. After winning the N.C.A.A. men’s singles title for the University of Florida, the younger Shelton turned pro the following year. He is currently in the third round of his first Australian Open.

In the third round, Brooksby will face Tommy Paul, who is from his own country.(Australian Open)

Paul beat Alejandro Davidovich Fokina of Spain 6-2, 2-6, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to advance.

Brooksby stated, “From my point of view, I think we all push each other to really get better, regardless of each guy’s situation.” A lot of the guys’ recent strong results show that, I believe.

On Thursday, success didn’t just go to the American men in Melbourne. By defeating the No. 1 seed, the American Katie Volynets, a 21-year-old qualifier ranked outside the top 100, pulled off the biggest upset of the women’s tournament thus far. Russia’s No. 9 seed, Veronika Kudermetova, won by 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Volynets did not back down in her first match against a player in the top 10: competing and moving well while Kudermetova repeatedly cracked first in baseline rallies

Like McDonald and Brooksby, Volynets is from Northern California. She was raised in Walnut Creek, close to San Francisco, the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants.

That should not come as a surprise at this point in the tournament.

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