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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Australian Open: A lookahead to Friday, recap of Thursday
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
(All times GMT) Rod Laver Arena 00:00: Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) v Petra Martic (Cro), Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) v (4) Elina Svitolina (Ukr), (3) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) v (30) Andrey Rublev (Rus), Not before 08:00: (17) Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (15) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra), (30) Kiki Bertens (Ned) v (2) Caroline Wozniacki (Den) Hisense Arena 00:00: (6) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) v Max Mirnyi (Blr) & Philipp Oswald (Aut), Elise Mertens (Bel) v Alize Cornet (Fra), Andreas Seppi (Ita) v Ivo Karlovic (Cro), Ryan Harrison (USA) v (6) Marin Cilic (Cro) Margaret Court Arena 00:00: Denisa Allertova (Cze) v Magda Linette (Pol), (10) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) v (23) Gilles Muller (Lux), Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) v (19) Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) Not before 08:00: (1) Rafael Nadal (Spa) v (28) Damir Dzumhur (Bih), (7) Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) v (32) Anett Kontaveit (Est) Show Court 2 00:00: Kyle Edmund (Gbr) v Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo), (4) Lucie Safarova (Cze) & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) v Raluca Olaru (Rom) & Olga Savchuk (Ukr), Radu Albot (Mol) & Hyeon Chung (Kor) v (2) Henri Kontinen (Fin) & John Peers (Aus), Kaia Kanepi (Est) v Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) Show Court 3 00:00: Jessica Moore (Aus) & Ellen Perez (Aus) v (10) Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) & Monica Niculescu (Rom), (1) Latisha Chan (Tpe) & Andrea Sestini Hlavackova (Cze) v Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Varvara Lepchenko (USA), Samantha Stosur (Aus) & Samuel Groth (Aus) v Priscilla Hon (Aus) & Matt Reid (Aus), (24) Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Court 7 00:00: Steve Johnson (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) v Pablo Andujar (Spa) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa), Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Artem Sitak (Nzl) v (7) Oliver Marach (Aut) & Mate Pavic (Cro), (9) Feliciano Lopez (Spa) & Marc Lopez (Spa) v Ben McLachlan (Jpn) & Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) Court 8 00:00: Nikola Mektic (Cro) & Alexander Peya (Aut) v (11) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col), Fabio Fognini (Ita) & Marcel Granollers (Spa) v (16) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Divij Sharan (Ind), Dalilia Jakupovic (Slo) & Irina Khromacheva (Rus) v (2) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) & Elena Vesnina (Rus), Elise Mertens (Bel) & Demi Schuurs (Ned) v (3) Ashleigh Barty (Aus) & Casey Dellacqua (Aus) Court 13 00:00: Michaella Krajicek (Ned) & Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) v (14) Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slo), (12) Raquel Atawo (USA) & Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Ger) v Eri Hozumi (Jpn) & Miyu Kato (Jpn), Vania King (USA) & Franko Skugor (Cro) v Arina Rodionova (Aus) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) Court 19 03:00: (6) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) & Anastasija Sevastova (Lat), (10) Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg) & Joao Sousa (Por) Court 20 00:00: Lesley Kerkhove (Ned) & Lidziya Marozava (Blr) v (8) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Shuai Peng (Chn), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spa) & Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) v Nicole Melichar (USA) & Nicholas Monroe (USA), Alicja Rosolska (Pol) & Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) v Johanna Larsson (Swe) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned)
Australian Open 2018: Schedule and order of play for day five on Friday - including Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios
(All times GMT) Rod Laver Arena 00:00: Luksika Kumkhum (Tha) v Petra Martic (Cro), Marta Kostyuk (Ukr) v (4) Elina Svitolina (Ukr), (3) Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) v (30) Andrey Rublev (Rus), Not before 08:00: (17) Nick Kyrgios (Aus) v (15) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra), (30) Kiki Bertens (Ned) v (2) Caroline Wozniacki (Den) Hisense Arena 00:00: (6) Bob Bryan (USA) & Mike Bryan (USA) v Max Mirnyi (Blr) & Philipp Oswald (Aut), Elise Mertens (Bel) v Alize Cornet (Fra), Andreas Seppi (Ita) v Ivo Karlovic (Cro), Ryan Harrison (USA) v (6) Marin Cilic (Cro) Margaret Court Arena 00:00: Denisa Allertova (Cze) v Magda Linette (Pol), (10) Pablo Carreno-Busta (Spa) v (23) Gilles Muller (Lux), Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukr) v (19) Magdalena Rybarikova (Svk) Not before 08:00: (1) Rafael Nadal (Spa) v (28) Damir Dzumhur (Bih), (7) Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) v (32) Anett Kontaveit (Est) Show Court 2 00:00: Kyle Edmund (Gbr) v Nikoloz Basilashvili (Geo), (4) Lucie Safarova (Cze) & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) v Raluca Olaru (Rom) & Olga Savchuk (Ukr), Radu Albot (Mol) & Hyeon Chung (Kor) v (2) Henri Kontinen (Fin) & John Peers (Aus), Kaia Kanepi (Est) v Carla Suarez Navarro (Spa) Show Court 3 00:00: Jessica Moore (Aus) & Ellen Perez (Aus) v (10) Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) & Monica Niculescu (Rom), (1) Latisha Chan (Tpe) & Andrea Sestini Hlavackova (Cze) v Oksana Kalashnikova (Geo) & Varvara Lepchenko (USA), Samantha Stosur (Aus) & Samuel Groth (Aus) v Priscilla Hon (Aus) & Matt Reid (Aus), (24) Diego Sebastian Schwartzman (Arg) v Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukr) Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Court 7 00:00: Steve Johnson (USA) & Sam Querrey (USA) v Pablo Andujar (Spa) & Albert Ramos-Vinolas (Spa), Wesley Koolhof (Ned) & Artem Sitak (Nzl) v (7) Oliver Marach (Aut) & Mate Pavic (Cro), (9) Feliciano Lopez (Spa) & Marc Lopez (Spa) v Ben McLachlan (Jpn) & Jan-Lennard Struff (Ger) Court 8 00:00: Nikola Mektic (Cro) & Alexander Peya (Aut) v (11) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col), Fabio Fognini (Ita) & Marcel Granollers (Spa) v (16) Rajeev Ram (USA) & Divij Sharan (Ind), Dalilia Jakupovic (Slo) & Irina Khromacheva (Rus) v (2) Ekaterina Makarova (Rus) & Elena Vesnina (Rus), Elise Mertens (Bel) & Demi Schuurs (Ned) v (3) Ashleigh Barty (Aus) & Casey Dellacqua (Aus) Court 13 00:00: Michaella Krajicek (Ned) & Alla Kudryavtseva (Rus) v (14) Hao-Ching Chan (Tpe) & Katarina Srebotnik (Slo), (12) Raquel Atawo (USA) & Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Ger) v Eri Hozumi (Jpn) & Miyu Kato (Jpn), Vania King (USA) & Franko Skugor (Cro) v Arina Rodionova (Aus) & John-Patrick Smith (Aus) Court 19 03:00: (6) Gabriela Dabrowski (Can) & Yi Fan Xu (Chn) v Ekaterina Alexandrova (Rus) & Anastasija Sevastova (Lat), (10) Rohan Bopanna (Ind) & Edouard Roger-Vasselin (Fra) v Leonardo Mayer (Arg) & Joao Sousa (Por) Court 20 00:00: Lesley Kerkhove (Ned) & Lidziya Marozava (Blr) v (8) Su-Wei Hsieh (Tpe) & Shuai Peng (Chn), Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (Spa) & Marcelo Demoliner (Bra) v Nicole Melichar (USA) & Nicholas Monroe (USA), Alicja Rosolska (Pol) & Santiago Gonzalez (Mex) v Johanna Larsson (Swe) & Matwe Middelkoop (Ned)
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day four - Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza out as Novak Djokovic survives
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day four - Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza out as Novak Djokovic survives
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day four - Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza out as Novak Djokovic survives
Here is what you missed overnight on day four at the Australian Open... Konta knocked out by 'lucky loser' British interest in the women's draw was ended on the fourth day of the tournament as Johanna Konta suffered a shock defeat to 'lucky loser' Bernarda Pera. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying only to be handed a place in the main draw when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew. The Croatian-born American, ranked 123, has more than taken advantage of her spot and her first ever grand slam experience. The 9th-seeded Konta had looked in good form in her first-round win over Madison Brengle but struggled to find her game against left-handed Pera and lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-5. Konta suffered a shock loss to Bernarda Pera Credit: Getty Images Konta wasn't too disconsolate following her earlier than expected exit. "It's a bit frustrating, but I'm still taking good stuff from this. I don't feel, by any means, it's a massive catastrophe. I play every event to be there until the end, so I definitely don't want to be going home this early," she said. "But I think in terms of building myself back up again and then playing the way I want to play, I think I keep moving forward." Net losses | Konta's horror run of results Djokovic stands the heat The blazing Melbourne temperatures were a big talking point on day four, with the mercury nudging 40 degrees celsius on court. Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils were both tested to their physical limits in a gruelling second-round match that Djokovic eventually won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. The Serb keeled over to get his breath back during the fourth set, while an exhausted Monfils was forced to leave the court and looked as though he might retire at the end of the third set. In the end it was Djokovic who managed to keep his composure, serving out the match against a revitalised opponent to complete the victory after 2hr 45min. After the match, Djokovic said of the conditions: "We both suffered on the court today. Really tough, brutal - especially for the first hour and a half. I was coming into the match knowing it was going to be a big challenge for both of us." Wimbledon champion Muguruza slayed by Hsieh A second top-10 seed fell in the women's draw overnight as world No 3 Garbine Muguruza slipped to defeat against Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion recovered from 5-2 down in the first set to force a tie-break and rallied briefly in the second but tumbled to a 7-6,6-4 loss in the sweltering heat on Rod Laver Arena. For 32-year-old Hsieh it was her second win against a player ranked in the top 20 in 17 years on tour - her other being that of Konta at last year's French Open. Muguruza needed treatment early on for a blister on her foot and chalked up 43 unforced errors during the match. The 24-year-old's day was compounded when she received a warning from the match umpire for swiping a loose ball dangerously close to a line judge. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis Kerber and Sharapova win to set up showdown Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic to set up a mouth-watering clash of former champions with Maria Sharapova. Kerber, who won in Melbourne two years ago, is the form player in the women's draw and stretched her winning streak to seven matches with a controlled performance against Vekic. The German ended a 27-tournament title drought with victory at the Sydney International and is one of the bookies' favourites to win a third major this fortnight. Sharapova had earlier secured her place in the third round as she gained revenge over her US Open conqueror Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6. Nice one, @MariaSharapova...#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/Iiv8uOtN71— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 The 2008 champion in Melbourne raced through the first set in 23 minutes and despite a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-4, closed it out in the tie-break. Sharapova was making her first return on Rod Laver Arena after serving her doping ban. "I love Australia. I love the summertime. I was watching this tournament (last year) with a box of Kleenex next to me sick," she said. "So, you know, I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing. A lot of things to smile about." Thiem completes fightback against qualifier Fifth seed Dominic Thiem survived his first career five-set match in Melbourne, rallying from two sets down to overcome qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Thiem lost both of his five-set matches in majors at Wimbledon and the US Open last year but came through today against the 190th-ranked American. The 24-year-old sent down 21 aces and 57 winners in the match and was broken three times in the opening set. After being broken once in the second, he then didn't face another break point for the rest of the match. Match of the day World No 8 Caroline Garcia's epic 6-7 (3), 6-2, 8-6 victory over Czech Marketa Vondrousova. The pair traded blows for two hours and 29 minutes on Hisense Arena. Dominic Thiem battled his way to the third round Credit: Getty Images Upset of the day World No 3 Garbine Muguruza slumping to a straight-sets defeat to Hsieh Su-wei. The Wimbledon champion headed into the tournament with concerns over her fitness but was still fancied to go deep in Melbourne. Quote of the day "I don't think I've fallen over on my own two feet since I was going through growth spurts." Johanna Konta was at a loss to explain her frequent tumbles against Bernarda Pera. Stat of the day 41 - minutes it took American Madison Keys to thump Russia's Ekaterina Alexandrova, dropping just a single game. Shot of the day It's very rare you see Novak Djokovic so flummoxed by a shot that he doesn't move for it. This Gael Monfils backhand slice did just that however. .@Gael_Monfils doing Gael Monfils things... ��#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/ujJFklSEuG— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Nick Kyrgios vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (first in the Rod Laver Arena evening session) has the feel of a heavyweight boxing match, and should be hugely entertaining. From a British perspective, the last player standing in either singles draw Kyle Edmund takes on Nikoloz Basilashvili just after 00.00 GMT on Court 2. Rafael Nadal meanwhile continues his bid for a 17th grand slam title, with a night match on Margaret Court Arena against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
Australian Open 2018: Day 3 recap
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
Australian Open 2018: Day 3 recap
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
Australian Open 2018: Day 3 recap
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
Australian Open 2018: Day 3 recap
In the third day of the 2018 Australian Open, Rafael Nadal captured a straight-set victory to move onto the last 32, while Caroline Wozniacki won six consecutive games after trailing 5-1 to Jana Fett.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
The reason tennis stars are wearing pink at the Australian Open
Some of the world’s best tennis players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, are dressed head-to-toe pink at the Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Day three review - Nadal safely through as other top seeds struggle
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Day three review - Nadal safely through as other top seeds struggle
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Day three review - Nadal safely through as other top seeds struggle
Rafael Nadal came through in straight sets against Leonardo Mayer but Grigor Dimitrov and Caroline Wozniacki were made to sweat in their own second round ties.
Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a forehand return to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
On a day of close calls, Dimitrov fends off McDonald in 5th
Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a forehand return to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Spain's Rafael Nadal dashes to reach the ball as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
On a day of close calls, Dimitrov fends off McDonald in 5th
Spain's Rafael Nadal dashes to reach the ball as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a point win over Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
On a day of close calls, Dimitrov fends off McDonald in 5th
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a point win over Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Two big names came close to suffering early exits from the Australian Open on Wednesday as Rafael Nadal made it through with ease.
Australian Open 2018: Dimitrov, Tsonga survive grueling battles as Nadal cruises through
Two big names came close to suffering early exits from the Australian Open on Wednesday as Rafael Nadal made it through with ease.
<p>MELBOURNE – We’re three days into the first Slam. At least we think we are. The app keeps crashing. Most of the Americans are aboard Qantas return flights as you read this. Novak Djokovic has done a convincing Novak Djokovic impersonation. Rafael Nadal is not only winning but winning fast. Roger Federer was rocked back on his heels and caught flat-footed. (But that was only after his match, when <a href="https://www.si.com/tennis/2018/01/16/roger-federer-will-ferrell-australian-open-interview-video" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:interviewed by Anchorman himself, Will Ferrell" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">interviewed by Anchorman himself, Will Ferrell</a>.) The women’s draw is wild and unpredictable, the perfect complement to the predictability of the men’s. Players are fighting with management. All of which is to say, tennis is up to its usual hijinks.</p><h3>Mailbag</h3><p><em>Have a question or comment for Jon? Email him at jon_wertheim@yahoo.com or tweet him <a href="https://twitter.com/jon_wertheim" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@jon_wertheim" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>@jon_wertheim</strong></a>.</em></p><p><strong>Can we all agree that we are watching the tail end of the GOAT and that following Nadal-Federer-Djokovic-Serena retirements we are in for a serious generational tennis lull and we&#39;ll have to spend nights on our rocking chair recalling &quot;the good old days&quot; much as our grandparents used to tell us about Joe D and winning WW2?</strong><br>—<em>Dominic Ciafardini, New York</em></p><p>• Chronologically, you’re right. At some point, the titans will retreat, we will be left with a new cast and there will be some anticlimax. We hear the bleating already: “We used to get Federer and Nadal. Now it’s Rublev and Zverev.” A few points:</p><p>a) Doesn’t this beat the alternative? Wouldn’t we take the chance to live in this (cliché alert) golden age, even if it means a bronze age follows?</p><p>b) Other sports go through this, too. And survive. Michael Jordan leaves the NBA and the product suffers for a few years. Then LeBron and the Warriors and the Greek Freak arrive.</p><p>c) As long as they still hold tournaments and still hold finals on the last weekend, there will be new champions. It’s not as though there will be no more Grand Slam winners.</p><p>d) This is another reason why tennis benefits from two genders. The men are in a down period? No worries, here come the Williams sisters. The Williams sisters are out of the draw? Federer and Nadal will pick up the proverbial slack.</p><p><strong>Hey Jon:</strong> <strong>I keep hearing and reading from commentators how Denis Shapovalov reminds them of a young Nadal. Personally, he reminds me more of Henri Leconte. Super talented, all court tennis with a very aggressive mindset. He, like Leconte, also has a wide variety of shots, and a one handed BH.</strong> <strong>What do you think?</strong><br>—<em>Ben, Queens, New York </em></p><p>• Sure. But, do note, we’re going on three decades already. Shapovalov is 18. Leconte is 54. But that’s a good one. Muster is another name that I’ve heard, but—apart from the lefty one-hander—I’m sure that quite works. Muster was almost Nadal-like in his grinding, pugnacious play. Shapovalov is light, lithe and lively.</p><p><strong>Hey Jon, I&#39;ve been waiting with bated breath for your mini-mailbags for the Aussie...no pressure. Speaking of which, WTHIGOW the Aussie Open mobile app??? How can the same tournament use technology to incredible effect in creating the <a href="https://ausopen.com/articles/features/game-insights-federers-quarter-pain" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:&quot;Game Insights&quot; stories" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">&quot;Game Insights&quot; stories</a> and not have a functioning app for their fans to simply see results? </strong><br>—<em>JP, Chicago</em></p><p>• For a tournament that prides itself—rightfully so—on being so buttoned up, this is especially surprising. The website and app are abject failures as so many of you have noted. An international sporting event technology is like a tennis player with a string-less racket.</p><p><strong>Jon, I have a rant, actually two. First of all, I&#39;m tired of &quot;fans&quot; of Federer, Nadal, and to a lesser extent Djokovic tastelessly tearing down their favorite’s rival to make a case for their guy in the tiresome GOAT debate. For one thing, I believe that is a debate best left to when their careers are over. If you must debate, why not compare their successes, which far outweigh their failures. Those three are friendly rivals; it seems to me their fans can, and should be at least civil. Please stop and appreciate what has occurred in this era. Prior to Federer/Nadal/Djokovic, there were five men total who had won 10 or more Grand Slam singles titles in their career. There are three playing in the same era, and they&#39;re not finished yet! It is unprecedented, so please appreciate it while it&#39;s going on.</strong></p><p><strong>The second part of my rant is I often hear or read that players who are ranked No. 90 or No. 100 being referred to as mediocre or even lousy. I know it&#39;s hard to compare to team sports, but if you look at the other major sports, it is a big deal when the lists of the top 100 players comes out. While the top 100 players may not all be great, they aren&#39;t mediocre or lousy either. </strong><br>—<em>Andrew Krouse, Hummelstown, Penn.</em></p><p>• 1) The great irony. One of the great virtues of the Big Four: the respect and collegiality they confer on each other. What a pity that their fans often conduct themselves at odds with that civility.</p><p>2) Totally with you here. Imagine being the top 100 practitioners of another global profession and being referred to as a “journeyman.”</p><p><strong>Just finished my two days at the Australian Open. Was as fun as advertised thanks in part to your suggestions. My two proposed additions:</strong></p><p><strong>1. Show courts 2 &#38; 3 have several shaded areas, which are godsends on sunny days.</strong></p><p><strong>2. If possible, try to catch a match with an Aussie player. It&#39;s lots of fun to hear the home crowd get fired up &#38; scream their various cheers. Thanks again.</strong><br>—<em>Troy</em></p><p>• Good to hear. We’ll do more tips next year. Add this one right now: there’s no shame in napping on one of those beanbags.</p><p><strong>Read your roundtable story about the Australian Open and I think you&#39;re all correct: the Margaret Court issue will be mentioned (and should be). So how about the Australian Open works with a gay rights group in Sydney? As part of a charitable fundraising drive, get a sympathetic match umpire to officiate a same sex wedding (or weddings) at Margaret Court Arena on the court. Has to be some same sex couple who have been waiting for too long and also massive tennis fans. A nice proud middle finger to Margaret Court as part of some good cause.</strong><br>—<em>Noah</em></p><p>• Not bad. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/09/icelandic-band-sigur-ros-pledge-celebration-of-equality-at-margaret-court-arena-show" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sigur Ros almost beat you to it" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sigur Ros almost beat you to it</a>. I’ve said my piece about Margaret Court Arena. To me, anyone who has a certain set of rights and seeks to deprive people of those rights is, by definition, a bigot. Is she entitled to her opinions? Yes. Is she entitled to immunity from the consequences? No.</p><h3>Shots, Miscellany</h3><p>• Busy tournament for Ivan Ljubicic, coach of Roger Federer and manager for <a href="https://t.co/X6BI91JPWV" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:15-year-old phenom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">15-year-old phenom</a>, Marta Kostyuk.</p><p>• Interesting to see these new coaching relationships. Some players (Kevin Anderson comes to mind) had a rough Grand Slam honeymoon.</p><p>• Someone get Simona Halep a clothing deal.</p><p>• Check out <span>Ian Katz’s blog</span>.</p>
Mailbag: Surprises and Shambles After Three Days at the 2018 Australian Open

MELBOURNE – We’re three days into the first Slam. At least we think we are. The app keeps crashing. Most of the Americans are aboard Qantas return flights as you read this. Novak Djokovic has done a convincing Novak Djokovic impersonation. Rafael Nadal is not only winning but winning fast. Roger Federer was rocked back on his heels and caught flat-footed. (But that was only after his match, when interviewed by Anchorman himself, Will Ferrell.) The women’s draw is wild and unpredictable, the perfect complement to the predictability of the men’s. Players are fighting with management. All of which is to say, tennis is up to its usual hijinks.

Mailbag

Have a question or comment for Jon? Email him at jon_wertheim@yahoo.com or tweet him @jon_wertheim.

Can we all agree that we are watching the tail end of the GOAT and that following Nadal-Federer-Djokovic-Serena retirements we are in for a serious generational tennis lull and we'll have to spend nights on our rocking chair recalling "the good old days" much as our grandparents used to tell us about Joe D and winning WW2?
Dominic Ciafardini, New York

• Chronologically, you’re right. At some point, the titans will retreat, we will be left with a new cast and there will be some anticlimax. We hear the bleating already: “We used to get Federer and Nadal. Now it’s Rublev and Zverev.” A few points:

a) Doesn’t this beat the alternative? Wouldn’t we take the chance to live in this (cliché alert) golden age, even if it means a bronze age follows?

b) Other sports go through this, too. And survive. Michael Jordan leaves the NBA and the product suffers for a few years. Then LeBron and the Warriors and the Greek Freak arrive.

c) As long as they still hold tournaments and still hold finals on the last weekend, there will be new champions. It’s not as though there will be no more Grand Slam winners.

d) This is another reason why tennis benefits from two genders. The men are in a down period? No worries, here come the Williams sisters. The Williams sisters are out of the draw? Federer and Nadal will pick up the proverbial slack.

Hey Jon: I keep hearing and reading from commentators how Denis Shapovalov reminds them of a young Nadal. Personally, he reminds me more of Henri Leconte. Super talented, all court tennis with a very aggressive mindset. He, like Leconte, also has a wide variety of shots, and a one handed BH. What do you think?
Ben, Queens, New York

• Sure. But, do note, we’re going on three decades already. Shapovalov is 18. Leconte is 54. But that’s a good one. Muster is another name that I’ve heard, but—apart from the lefty one-hander—I’m sure that quite works. Muster was almost Nadal-like in his grinding, pugnacious play. Shapovalov is light, lithe and lively.

Hey Jon, I've been waiting with bated breath for your mini-mailbags for the Aussie...no pressure. Speaking of which, WTHIGOW the Aussie Open mobile app??? How can the same tournament use technology to incredible effect in creating the "Game Insights" stories and not have a functioning app for their fans to simply see results?
JP, Chicago

• For a tournament that prides itself—rightfully so—on being so buttoned up, this is especially surprising. The website and app are abject failures as so many of you have noted. An international sporting event technology is like a tennis player with a string-less racket.

Jon, I have a rant, actually two. First of all, I'm tired of "fans" of Federer, Nadal, and to a lesser extent Djokovic tastelessly tearing down their favorite’s rival to make a case for their guy in the tiresome GOAT debate. For one thing, I believe that is a debate best left to when their careers are over. If you must debate, why not compare their successes, which far outweigh their failures. Those three are friendly rivals; it seems to me their fans can, and should be at least civil. Please stop and appreciate what has occurred in this era. Prior to Federer/Nadal/Djokovic, there were five men total who had won 10 or more Grand Slam singles titles in their career. There are three playing in the same era, and they're not finished yet! It is unprecedented, so please appreciate it while it's going on.

The second part of my rant is I often hear or read that players who are ranked No. 90 or No. 100 being referred to as mediocre or even lousy. I know it's hard to compare to team sports, but if you look at the other major sports, it is a big deal when the lists of the top 100 players comes out. While the top 100 players may not all be great, they aren't mediocre or lousy either.
Andrew Krouse, Hummelstown, Penn.

• 1) The great irony. One of the great virtues of the Big Four: the respect and collegiality they confer on each other. What a pity that their fans often conduct themselves at odds with that civility.

2) Totally with you here. Imagine being the top 100 practitioners of another global profession and being referred to as a “journeyman.”

Just finished my two days at the Australian Open. Was as fun as advertised thanks in part to your suggestions. My two proposed additions:

1. Show courts 2 & 3 have several shaded areas, which are godsends on sunny days.

2. If possible, try to catch a match with an Aussie player. It's lots of fun to hear the home crowd get fired up & scream their various cheers. Thanks again.
Troy

• Good to hear. We’ll do more tips next year. Add this one right now: there’s no shame in napping on one of those beanbags.

Read your roundtable story about the Australian Open and I think you're all correct: the Margaret Court issue will be mentioned (and should be). So how about the Australian Open works with a gay rights group in Sydney? As part of a charitable fundraising drive, get a sympathetic match umpire to officiate a same sex wedding (or weddings) at Margaret Court Arena on the court. Has to be some same sex couple who have been waiting for too long and also massive tennis fans. A nice proud middle finger to Margaret Court as part of some good cause.
Noah

• Not bad. Sigur Ros almost beat you to it. I’ve said my piece about Margaret Court Arena. To me, anyone who has a certain set of rights and seeks to deprive people of those rights is, by definition, a bigot. Is she entitled to her opinions? Yes. Is she entitled to immunity from the consequences? No.

Shots, Miscellany

• Busy tournament for Ivan Ljubicic, coach of Roger Federer and manager for 15-year-old phenom, Marta Kostyuk.

• Interesting to see these new coaching relationships. Some players (Kevin Anderson comes to mind) had a rough Grand Slam honeymoon.

• Someone get Simona Halep a clothing deal.

• Check out Ian Katz’s blog.

Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain&#39;s only player in the men&#39;s draw kept the nation&#39;s hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year&#39;s Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund&#39;s ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: &quot;It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good.&quot; Next up for Edmund will be Georgia&#39;s Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can&#39;t meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan&#39;s Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year&#39;s Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia&#39;s 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia&#39;s Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning &#39;hot-dog&#39; in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong&#39;s microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn&#39;t let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong&#39;s night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire&#39;s head. He joked: &quot;It&#39;s not my day, is it?&quot; Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year&#39;s major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare&#39;s three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis &quot;Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he&#39;s telling me what&#39;s wrong,&quot; she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year&#39;s runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic&#39;s Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. &quot;It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win,&quot; Bencic said. &quot;I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I&#39;ve played her a few times and it&#39;s always been really difficult. &quot;But I&#39;m still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined.&quot; VH Croatia&#39;s Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn&#39;t be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: &quot;Well, I already know a little bit where I&#39;m going to spend this, but I didn&#39;t really think of some big investment or something. &quot;I&#39;m keeping my money. It&#39;s like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family.&quot; Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga&#39;s incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd&#39;s breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don&#39;t want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep&#39;s night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day three - Kyle Edmund cruises as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki squeak through
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain's only player in the men's draw kept the nation's hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year's Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund's ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: "It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good." Next up for Edmund will be Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can't meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina's Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year's Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia's 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia's Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning 'hot-dog' in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong's microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn't let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong's night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire's head. He joked: "It's not my day, is it?" Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year's major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis "Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he's telling me what's wrong," she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year's runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. "It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win," Bencic said. "I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I've played her a few times and it's always been really difficult. "But I'm still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined." VH Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn't be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: "Well, I already know a little bit where I'm going to spend this, but I didn't really think of some big investment or something. "I'm keeping my money. It's like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family." Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd's breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep's night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain&#39;s only player in the men&#39;s draw kept the nation&#39;s hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year&#39;s Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund&#39;s ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: &quot;It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good.&quot; Next up for Edmund will be Georgia&#39;s Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can&#39;t meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan&#39;s Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year&#39;s Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia&#39;s 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia&#39;s Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning &#39;hot-dog&#39; in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong&#39;s microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn&#39;t let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong&#39;s night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire&#39;s head. He joked: &quot;It&#39;s not my day, is it?&quot; Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year&#39;s major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare&#39;s three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis &quot;Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he&#39;s telling me what&#39;s wrong,&quot; she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year&#39;s runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic&#39;s Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. &quot;It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win,&quot; Bencic said. &quot;I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I&#39;ve played her a few times and it&#39;s always been really difficult. &quot;But I&#39;m still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined.&quot; VH Croatia&#39;s Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn&#39;t be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: &quot;Well, I already know a little bit where I&#39;m going to spend this, but I didn&#39;t really think of some big investment or something. &quot;I&#39;m keeping my money. It&#39;s like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family.&quot; Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga&#39;s incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd&#39;s breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don&#39;t want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep&#39;s night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day three - Kyle Edmund cruises as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki squeak through
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain's only player in the men's draw kept the nation's hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year's Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund's ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: "It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good." Next up for Edmund will be Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can't meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina's Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year's Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia's 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia's Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning 'hot-dog' in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong's microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn't let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong's night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire's head. He joked: "It's not my day, is it?" Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year's major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis "Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he's telling me what's wrong," she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year's runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. "It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win," Bencic said. "I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I've played her a few times and it's always been really difficult. "But I'm still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined." VH Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn't be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: "Well, I already know a little bit where I'm going to spend this, but I didn't really think of some big investment or something. "I'm keeping my money. It's like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family." Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd's breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep's night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain&#39;s only player in the men&#39;s draw kept the nation&#39;s hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year&#39;s Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund&#39;s ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: &quot;It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good.&quot; Next up for Edmund will be Georgia&#39;s Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can&#39;t meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan&#39;s Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year&#39;s Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia&#39;s 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia&#39;s Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning &#39;hot-dog&#39; in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong&#39;s microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn&#39;t let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong&#39;s night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire&#39;s head. He joked: &quot;It&#39;s not my day, is it?&quot; Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year&#39;s major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare&#39;s three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis &quot;Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he&#39;s telling me what&#39;s wrong,&quot; she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year&#39;s runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic&#39;s Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. &quot;It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win,&quot; Bencic said. &quot;I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I&#39;ve played her a few times and it&#39;s always been really difficult. &quot;But I&#39;m still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined.&quot; VH Croatia&#39;s Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn&#39;t be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: &quot;Well, I already know a little bit where I&#39;m going to spend this, but I didn&#39;t really think of some big investment or something. &quot;I&#39;m keeping my money. It&#39;s like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family.&quot; Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga&#39;s incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd&#39;s breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don&#39;t want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep&#39;s night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day three - Kyle Edmund cruises as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki squeak through
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain's only player in the men's draw kept the nation's hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year's Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund's ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: "It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good." Next up for Edmund will be Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can't meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina's Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year's Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia's 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia's Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning 'hot-dog' in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong's microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn't let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong's night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire's head. He joked: "It's not my day, is it?" Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year's major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis "Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he's telling me what's wrong," she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year's runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. "It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win," Bencic said. "I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I've played her a few times and it's always been really difficult. "But I'm still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined." VH Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn't be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: "Well, I already know a little bit where I'm going to spend this, but I didn't really think of some big investment or something. "I'm keeping my money. It's like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family." Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd's breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep's night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain&#39;s only player in the men&#39;s draw kept the nation&#39;s hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year&#39;s Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund&#39;s ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: &quot;It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good.&quot; Next up for Edmund will be Georgia&#39;s Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can&#39;t meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan&#39;s Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year&#39;s Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia&#39;s 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia&#39;s Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning &#39;hot-dog&#39; in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong&#39;s microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn&#39;t let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong&#39;s night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire&#39;s head. He joked: &quot;It&#39;s not my day, is it?&quot; Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year&#39;s major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare&#39;s three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis &quot;Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he&#39;s telling me what&#39;s wrong,&quot; she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year&#39;s runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic&#39;s Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. &quot;It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win,&quot; Bencic said. &quot;I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I&#39;ve played her a few times and it&#39;s always been really difficult. &quot;But I&#39;m still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined.&quot; VH Croatia&#39;s Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn&#39;t be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: &quot;Well, I already know a little bit where I&#39;m going to spend this, but I didn&#39;t really think of some big investment or something. &quot;I&#39;m keeping my money. It&#39;s like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family.&quot; Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga&#39;s incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd&#39;s breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don&#39;t want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep&#39;s night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Australian Open 2018: What you missed on day three - Kyle Edmund cruises as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki squeak through
Here is what you missed overnight on day three at the Australian Open... Edmund eases into round three Britain's only player in the men's draw kept the nation's hopes alive with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 thumping of the dangerous Denis Istomin in just 1hr 29min. Istomin pulled off an almighty upset at last year's Australian Open when he beat the six-time champion Novak Djokovic, but he had no answer this morning to Edmund's ferocious power. The Brit hit 38 winners, alongside just 20 unforced errors, and he said afterwards: "It was a professional performance. After having four hours on court on Monday, to get it done a lot quicker today will do me good." Next up for Edmund will be Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili, the world No 61, on Friday. And the draw is opening up to such an extent for Edmund that he can't meet a higher ranked player until the quarter-final. CE Kyle Edmund impressively thrashed Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin Credit: REUTERS Nadal forced to dig deep While the scoreline looked straightforward, world No 1 Rafael Nadal had to produce some of his best tennis to fend off the spirited challenge of Argentina's Leonardo Mayer. Nadal served beautifully - landing 74 per cent of his first serves in - and played a superb third set tie-break to come through 6-3, 6-4, 7-6. Perhaps most encouraging for the Spaniard was how well he moved, with his recent knee troubles seemingly not a major issue at this tournament. Having not dropped a set at this year's Australian Open so far, Nadal continues his quest for a 17th grand slam title on Friday against Bosnia's 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. CE Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win over Leonardo Mayer Credit: Getty Images The comeback king and queen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Caroline Wozniacki both recovered from seemingly impossible positions to book their places in the third round. While Tsonga recovered from 5-2 down in the fifth set of his match with exciting youngster Denis Shapovalov to secure a 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6, 7-5 victory, world No 2 Wozniacki saved two match points against Croatia's Jana Fett. The 21-year-old Fett had only won her first grand slam match on Monday but nerves coupled with Wozniacki grit saw the former world No 1 reel off six games in a row for a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory. Tsonga was at his showboating best en route to defeating Shapovalov on Margaret Court Arena this morning, producing a stunning 'hot-dog' in the latter stages of the match which lasted 3 hr 37 min. VH Still alive!����— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) January 17, 2018 Kyrgios overcomes distractions to stay on track The 17th seeded Nick Kyrgios kept his cool to reach the third round and set up a showdown with Tsonga after overcoming tricky opponent Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Kyrgios was agitated by noise coming from umpire James Keothavong's microphone and shout-outs from fans at inopportune moments but didn't let the disruptions affect his concentration. Keothavong's night got worse during the third set tiebreak as a wayward backhand return from Troicki caught the top of the umpire's head. He joked: "It's not my day, is it?" Kyrgios has advanced beyond the third round only once at his home slam when he reached the last eight three years ago. VH Poor James���� #Kyrgios#Troicki#Keothavong#AusOpenpic.twitter.com/6jU0eAIlPh— Mike (@mrenzaero) January 17, 2018 New kid on the block Qualifier Marta Kostyuk has become the youngest player to reach the third round of a grand slam since 1996. The 15-year-old Ukrainian entered the season-opening major ranked at No 521 and followed up her first-round win over 25th seed Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. Kostyuk had already played three three-set matches in qualifying over six hours to earn her place at this year's major, and then became the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main-draw match. The teenager is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Roger Federer, and says he has been key to her development. Beyond the Baseline | Read Charlie Eccleshare's three-part series on the unseen side of top-level tennis "Ivan is always helping me ... after every match, he's telling me what's wrong," she said afterwards with a smile. The youngster was handed a code violation during her win after the umpire ruled she had received coaching from her mother in the stands. Kostyuk now faces compatriot and No 4 seed Elina Svitolina in the next round. VH Seed slayers brought back down to earth Belinda Bencic and Zhang Shuaiboth failed to follow up their first-round exploits as they were brought back down to earth. Bencic had knocked out out last year's runner-up Venus Williams on a day of shocks on Monday, but slumped to a 6-1, 6-3 defeat against Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum today. Zhang, conqueror of US Open champion Sloane Stephens in round one, was also toppled by a qualifier in the shape of Czech Republic's Denisa Allertova, who claimed a 6-4 7-6 win. "It was not the issue that I was still thinking about the Venus win," Bencic said. "I had re-set and focused but it was a tough second round. I've played her a few times and it's always been really difficult. "But I'm still pretty positive. The start to the year has been better than I could have imagined." VH Croatia's Ivo Karlovic won yet another epic match Credit: AFP Match of the day It wouldn't be a grand slam tournament without an Ivo Karlovic epic, and the 38-year-old duly obliged as he edged Yuichi Sugita 7-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 12-10 in 4hr 33min. Upset of the day Relatively few shocks on day three, but the 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova getting thumped 6-2, 6-3 by Kateryna Bondarenko was a big surprise. Quote of the day Fifteen-year-old Marta Kostyuk on how she will spend her £82,400 winnings so far: "Well, I already know a little bit where I'm going to spend this, but I didn't really think of some big investment or something. "I'm keeping my money. It's like I got it and I will go and spend. Maybe I will get presents for my family, first of all, of course. Because I have a big family." Stat of the day Marin Cilic won a whopping 92 per cent of points on serve in his straight sets win against Joao Sousa. Shot of the day Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's incredible improvisation to produce a hot dog when serving to stay in the match against Denis Shapovalov took the Margaret Court Arena crowd's breath away. Another terrific tweener at the Australian Open​... this time from Jo Wilfried Tsonga​ �� pic.twitter.com/1B8fyjPZuT— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) January 17, 2018 Tweet of the day Is my brother ok? �� #AusOpen— Anne Keothavong (@annekeothavong) January 17, 2018 Matches you don't want to miss tomorrow Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils (third on Rod Laver Arena) could have the feel of an exhibition match, while British No 1 Johanna Konta continues her campaign against Bernarda Pera (first on Court 2). There could also be fireworks in top seed Simona Halep's night match against Eugenie Bouchard (first match of the evening session on Margaret Court Arena).
Spain&#39;s Rafael Nadal makes a backhand return to Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Spain's Rafael Nadal makes a backhand return to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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Two big names came close to suffering early exits from the Australian Open on Wednesday as Rafael Nadal made it through with ease.
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Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players&#39; union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players&#39; union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players&#39; union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
Australian Open 2018: Rafael Nadal refuses to be drawn into players' union debate after reaching third round
World number one Rafael Nadal kept his cards close to his chest when quizzed on the prospect of boycotting the 2019 Australian Open.
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World number one Rafael Nadal kept his cards close to his chest when quizzed on the prospect of boycotting the 2019 Australian Open.
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn&#39;t have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Nadal pushed but wins in three
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn't have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn&#39;t have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Nadal pushed but wins in three
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn't have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn&#39;t have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Nadal pushed but wins in three
Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open, but didn't have it all his own way against Argentina, Leonardo Mayer.
Rafael Nadal&#39;s march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) (AFP Photo/Paul Crock)
Rafael Nadal's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)
Rafael Nadal's march towards a 17th Grand Slam crown was never threatened by Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, who took him to a third set tiebreak before being swatted aside 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) (AFP Photo/Paul Crock)
Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2018. Argentina&#39;s Leonardo Mayer reacts during his match against Spain&#39;s Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia
Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2018. Argentina's Leonardo Mayer reacts during his match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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