Federer advances to third round

Federer advances to third round

Australian Open organisers have defended the decision not to stop play for extreme temperatures during the tournament after player criticism. Every match is a big challenge for everyone in a Grand Slam.

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The pair had played each other on seven occasions before Saturday, with Kerber edging the series 4-3 including their previous two meetings, the last of which came on the Stuttgart clay in 2015.

The 32-year-old Wawrinka was attempting to make the third round for the 10th consecutive year.

"I'm happy I'm still part of [the tournament] really, because I knew Struff could be tough today." said the second seed.

There were no retirements due to the heat on Day 4, however, and some players were even unfazed by the conditions.

But she hasn't won a Grand Slam event since 2014.

Her strong run early that year - semifinals at the Australian and French Opens before Wimbledon - helped propel Bouchard to No. 5 in the rankings. She made her return to the majors at the U.S. Open, and finished the year ranked No. 60.

Making a comeback after an elbow injury sidelined him for six months, Djokovic rallied from a set down to prevail over Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in two hours and 45 minutes, reports Efe.

On the men's side, six-time champion Novak Djokovic downed Spanish 21st seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets to power into the fourth round.

Djokovic beat the Frenchman for the 15th consecutive time - 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in temperatures that reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

The heat seemed to affect both players' execution, as Monfils had 60 unforced errors to Djokovic's 40.

"I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory".

Caroline Garcia is the eighth seed, and will be in action against Aliaksandra Sasnovich.

The final set took 2 hour, 22 minutes and Halep won on her first match point when Davis hit a forehand wide along the sideline.

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It was Kerber's 11th win in a row to start the season.

The Swiss legend can't go anywhere at Melbourne Park without being mobbed by fans. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the US men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez.

And Juan Martin del Potro locks up with Tomas Berdych.

"It was a straight sets win, but it was nearly two-and-a-half hours, so it wasn't that easy and comfortable on the court", Djokovic said.

When a backhand return victor brought up a break point and a trademark yell of "C'mon!" from Sharapova, you thought she might be on the point of turning the match on its head.

"Into the second week, it's going to be a game of small margins". In the middle of the match, he called the doctor due to an issue on his lower back and leg. 'It was okay', Djokovic assured in press conference. 'Nothing major.

Keys is the only one of the four American women who reached the semifinals at the U.S. Open last September still in contention in Melbourne - Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe were all eliminated in the first round.

Maria Sharapova has advanced to the third round, beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) as the temperatures began to rise at Melbourne Park.

Yes, Sharapova can get better.

The crafty Latvian had knocked Sharapova out of the fourth round at Flushing Meadows a year ago during the Russian's return to grand slam action after a 15-month doping ban.

Sharapova won here in Australian in 2008, capping a string of three Grand Slam championships in a five-year period.

Former champions Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber will meet in a mouth-watering Australian Open third-round clash after hanging tough to record convincing wins in brutal conditions on Thursday.

Kerber destroyed Sharapova in the first set.

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