It would have been difficult to get the clash much closer than it was and after three hours 31 minutes the Frenchman scored a 7-5, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 second round victory.
“I had chances in the second set and in the fourth set tiebreak,” said Alex. “The second set was crucial because he was getting really, really tired but winning the second set, he got more power. It was a very important part of the match.”
Conditions in Melbourne could only be described as searing. The temperature climbed past 40 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive day but yet again the extreme heat policy was not applied. The reason for that was because the humidity was not high so the formula that is used showed there was no need to interrupt play till things cooled down.
“I don’t really like the heat but I was happy with my physical shape so getting through that was all positive,” said Alex. “I was doing my best till the last point so I can’t be angry. I didn’t do much wrong but there are always things you can do better. I had the right tactics but on some points I didn’t execute well enough.”
There were some moments of bad luck for Alex at important points and he didn’t take enough risks but “overall I played very well”. Chary was going for winners and making them.
Alex said: “I’ve done well and I’m going to keep working. I am happy where I am and I am looking forward to keep on working. My target is still the same … to make the top ten. I think I’ve got a good chance by keeping this up.”