Bolt bows out of Murray River Open after losing to Wawrinka

Alex Bolt is in great form heading into the Australian Open after making it to the third round of the Murray River Open in Melbourne.

The Murray Bridge tennis star, currently ranked 174 in singles worldwide, took down fellow South Australian and good friend Thanasi Kokkinakis in the first round, 6-2, 4-6, 3-6.

In the second round he took on America's Mackenzie McDonald and won, 6-4, 6-7, 7-5.

This set him up for a match against Swiss star Stan Wawrinka, ranked 18th in the world in singles, on Friday, February 5.

Wawrinka took the first set 6-4, but Bolt came back to win the second set, 4-6.

The pair pushed hard to gain the upper hand during the third set but it was won by Wawrinka, 7-6.

The Murray River Open was won by Britain's Daniel Evans against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Bolt received a main draw wildcard into the Australian Open, which begins on Monday, February 8.

His first match is against Slovakia's Norbert Gombos.