Day 3 at the Australian open is officially over and compared to yesterday there were no real big upsets. Who knows what will happen tomorrow when Lleyton Hewitt takes centre stage once again. Until then enjoy this short summary of the Australian open day 3 and also links to the most important articles on the website of the Australian open.
Djokovic dusts off Halys in three
Defending Australian open champion Novak Djokovic faced a teenager for the second match in a row at Melbourne park on wednesday night, but had to earn his ticket into round three following a valiant effort from wildcard Quentin Halys, prevailing 6-1 6-2 7-6. The world no.1 accelerated through the first two sets at the Australian open day 3, illustrating the type of ruthless tennis that scooped three majors in 2015. However the Frenchman, ranked no.187 in the world, wasn’t going to let his Australian open debut end on a whimper.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Djokovic into third round on day3)
Roger rolls to round three
World no.3 Roger Federer was untroubled by Alexandr Dolgopolov, recording a straight-sets rout on wednesday. With Roger Federer’s records, the numbers usually speak for themselves. As a keen student of the game, the 17-time grand slam champion’s memory is as impressively sharp as his shot-making. Most of the time. Having never fallen before the third round at Melbourne park in 16 prior appearances, the world no.3’s record never looked under threat as he carved his way past Dolgopolov. His 6-3 7-5 6-1 result in little more than 90 minutes included 39 winners from the 34-year-old’s racket.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Federer beats Dolgopolov in 3 sets at the Australian open day 3)
Impressive Thiem dismantles Almagro
World no.20 Dominic Thiem was untroubled against experienced Spaniard, advancing for the loss of just seven games. Make way for the future. If Thiem -the youngest member of the world’s top 20 at age 22- was too polite to say it, he certainly showed it as he dominated Almagro 6-3 6-1 6-3 in an hour and 41 minutes on wednesday to move into the Australian open’s third round. Ranked more than 50 places apart -Thiem is world no.20 while Almagro is no.73- and with eight years separating them in experience, the first-time meeting between the two men was notable for their one similarity; glorious single-handed backhands that are a rarity in tennis. Thiem used his weapon superbly from the outset, but dismantling the 30-year-old Almagro was far from a one-dimensional affair; moving beautifully, serving steadily and competing with a remarkable composure, the one-sided victory was most notable for Thiem’s all-round ability, which contrasted sharply to that of his crumbling opponent.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Dominic Thiem into third round at the Australian open day 3)
The Serena show rolls on
Top seed and defending champ Serena Williams dropped just two games during her easy win over Taiwan’s Su-wei Hsieh. The good news is that Serena Williams is safely into the third round of the Australian open after her 6-1 6-2 tonking of Hsieh Su-Wei. The even better news is that she looks to be injury-free and ready to stay for as long as it takes to win her seventh trophy in Melbourne. It may not be polite to mention a lady’s age -and we would not want to offend the world no.1- but it is worth mentioning that Serena is now 34. She has been plying her trade around the globe for nearly 20 years and that takes its toll on the body. And at her age, a long injury break could mean the end of her career.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Defending champion Serena Williams trough to the third round)
Sharapova sweeps into third round
Maria Sharapova was in imperious form as she dismissed Aliaksandra Sasnovich at the Rod Laver arena. Still only 28, the Russian is a comparative veteran of the tour, having turned professional 15 years ago. Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich would have been the last to suggest Sharapova might be at the tail-end of her career though, after being on the wrong end of a 6-2 6-1 shellacking under the roof of Rod Laver arena on wednesday.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Sharapova in imperious form at the Australian open day 3)
Aga aces Bouchard test
Agnieszka Radwanska showed her class in straight-sets dismissal of former Australian open semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard. Radwanska sent out a message of intent to her title rivals at Australian open 2016 on wednesday night, producing a dazzling display to defeat Bouchard 6-4 6-2. The fourth seed -a 2014 semifinalist in Melbourne- used her vast array of shots to outsmart an extremely aggressive performance from the young Canadian.
(read more on the website of the Australian open: Radwanska outsmarts Bouchard)
Preview of day 4… two words Bernard Tomic!!!!!
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