28 year-old Ivan Dodig gave #9 Richard Gasquet a scare in the third round of the 2013 Australian Open but ultimately didn’t have enough to pull off the upset. Dodig took the first set 6-4 but dropped the second set 6-3 after being up a break. He rolled his ankle midway through the second, which slowed his game. Dodig and Gasquet went neck and neck in the third but the Frenchman ultimately took the set in a tiebreak. After failing to win the 3rd, Dodig’s confidence disapeared in the 4th and he lost 6-0. This was Dodig’s best grand slam performance to date and will hopefully be the beginning of his best season.
Marin Čilić threw away 1-0 and 2-1 leads to fall to #21 Andreas Seppi in five sets in the first grand slam of 2013. After being broken early in the first set, Čilić won the first set versus #21 Andreas Seppi in a tiebreak. Čilić then was broken again in the second and couldn’t get one back, losing his first set in the tournament. Marin picked up a break midway through the third and then held serve to take the set 6-2. Both men failed to hold serve in their first two games of the fourth set. Seppi broke at 4-4 and then held to force a deciding 5th set. After going up a break in the 5th, Čilić was then broken three times as his Aussie Open campaign crashed to its finish.