Men’s Second Round results:     

No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov beat Mackenzie McDonald 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 0-6, 8-6

No. 6 Marin Cilic beat Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-5, 6-2

No. 10 Paglo Carreno Busta beat Gilles Simon 6-2, 3-0 retired

No. 15 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5

 No. 17 Nick Kyrgios beat Viktor Troicki 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (2)

Women’s Second Round results: 

No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki beat Jana Fett 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 

No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko beat Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Marta Kostyuk beat Olivia Rogowska 6-3, 7-5

Luksika Kumkhum beat Belinda Bencic 6-1, 6-3

Brief Review:

Top seed Rafael Nadal continued his serene progress at the Australian Open on Wednesday, as he marched into Round 3 with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Leonardo Mayer.

After dropping just three games in his first match of the tournament, the Spaniard was made to work a little harder by Mayer in Round 2. But eventually, Nadal had too much class for his opponent and sealed the win and a meeting with Damir Dzumhur in the next round.

Earlier in the day in the men’s draw, Marin Cilic also progressed with minimal fuss. In the women’s bracket, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina, seeded second and fourth, respectively, had to fight back from a set down to progress, with the former producing an incredible effort.

Day 4 Preview:

Melbourne is expected to turn up the heat on Thursday, with temperatures forecast to reach 39 Celsius — 102 degrees Fahrenheit. The weather might have cooled off before the opening night match on Margaret Court Arena between top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania and former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard. The match is sure to be an exciting one as both competitors have looked sharp thus far and will be eager to come out on top. Gael Monfils will know what it’s like to be an underdog in his match Thursday against six-time champion Novak Djokovic — the Frenchman has lost all 14 matches against the former No. 1. Defending champion Roger Federer has only played his second-round opponent once. The 19-time Grand Slam singles champion beat Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets on grass at Halle in 2016.


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