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Sela celebrates with his fans after booking sealing his place in the third round

Dudi Sela is through to the third round of the Australian Open after he stunned Fernando Verdasco in Melborne.

Verdasco had knocked out Rafael Nadal earlier on in the tournament and claimed the first set of the match on Thursday morning, 6-4.

However, the Israeli then turned the match on its head, winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-3.

The fourth, tied at 6-6, then went to a tie-break. Two double faults presented Sela with three match points, the third of which he took to seal for him one of his most notable wins. Sela will next face Russian Andrey Kuznetsov for a place in the fourth round.

Elsewhere, Scott Lipsky is through to the second round of the men’s doubles competition, after he and fellow American Eric Butorac defeated Austrian Philipp Oswald and Canadian Adil Shamasdin 6-4, 7-5. They next face GB’s Dominic Inglot and Swede Robert Lindstedt for a place in the third round.