Nadal ominous as Wozniacki gets back on track

Nadal ominous as Wozniacki gets back on track

Numerous top seeds at the Australian Open tennis tournament struggled through their second round matches here on Wednesday, as young guns put on a show for the 70,000 fans in attendance at Melbourne Park.

And the Bulgarian delivered in a testing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Russian rising star Andrey Rublev as temperatures touched 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit).

Wozniacki won the next nine points, and 24 of the 31 points played from when she first faced match point. "Leonardo is a player with big potential", said Nadal, who won the French and US Opens previous year, but had his preparation for Australia delayed because of an injured right knee.

"I will get it back eventually, so I'm not anxious", she said. "Nothing to lose. I got a second chance".

French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is also in action later, along with Australian Nick Kyrgios who was slapped with a $3 000 fine Wednesday for swearing in his first round match.

Wozniacki hasn't made the fourth round at the Australian Open in five years, and she has a great opportunity to go further. I was kind of lucky."Then I felt her tighten up just slightly".

Tsonga rallied from 5-2 in the fifth to overcome Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a 3-hour, 37-minute match that contained one of his nonchalant between-the-legs shots on an important point.

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Wozniacki's next opponent will be the Netherlands' Kiki Bertens, who beat American Nicole Gibbs 7-6 (3), 6-0.

Kyrgios had a 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2) win over Viktor Troicki, overcoming audio problems at Hisense Arena and complaining to chair umpire James Keothavong, who ended up turning off his microphone. That tiebreak featured chair umpire James Keothavong inadvertently being struck in the head by a soft Troicki backhand.

Fourteenth seeds Chan Hao-ching and Katarina Srebotnik faced a tougher time against Laura Robson of Britain and Coco Vandeweghe of the United States, battling to a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 victory in 1 hour, 36 minutes on Court 5.

US Open semi-finalist and 10th seed Pablo Carreno-Busta also went through after French veteran Gilles Simon retired injured when trailing 6-2, 3-0.

Wozniacki is yet to win a Grand Slam singles title. The Swiss - who ended last season on a high after back and wrist injuries - was stunned by Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum 6-1 6-3. Spanish world number one Nadal showed no mercy to 28th seed Damir Dzumhur on Margaret Court Arena, as he rediscovers his best form after ankle trouble. That's all. I think it's a health issue, " he said.

Ryan Harrison beat No. 31 Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and Kyle Edmund had a straight-sets win over Denis Istomin - who beat then defending-champion Novak Djokovic in the second round here past year.

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