Men’s Second Round results:
No. 2 Roger Federer beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 4 Alexander Zverev beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3
Julien Benneteau beat No. 7 David Goffin 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Tennys Sandgren beat No. 9 Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-1, 6-4
No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro beat Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (0)
Women’s Second Round results:
No. 1 Simona Halep beat Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2
Hsieh Su-Wei beat No. 3 Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (1), 6-4
No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-1, 6-1
No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-7(3), 6-2, 8-6
Bernarda Pera beat No. 9 Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-5
Maria Sharapova beat No. 14 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Five-time tournament winner Roger Federer produced an assured display to down world No. 55 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic also reached the third round as he beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in the searing daytime heat, but 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka was ousted in straight sets by American Tennys Sandgren.
In the women’s draw, third seed Garbine Muguruza and ninth seed Johanna Konta were both knocked out in Melbourne on Thursday, but world No. 1 Simona Halep booked her spot in the third round, as did Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber and Madison Keys.
Day 4 Preview:
Rafael Nadal is yet to drop a set in this year’s Australian Open and he will look to keep up that record when he takes on Damir Dzumhur in the third round on Friday. The Spaniard has seen off Victor Estrella Burgos and Leonardo Mayer so far, despite complaints about the extreme heat in Melbourne. This is the second time that 25-year-old Dzumhur has reached the third round in Melbourne but he has never been past this stage of any Grand Slam and he is certainly not expected to improve that record on Friday.
The most anticipated match is one between local hope Nick Kyrgios and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Kyrgios had a straight-sets second-round win late Wednesday over Viktor Troicki; Tsonga was forced to come from 5-2 down in the fifth set to beat Denis Shapovalov. Kyrgios said Tsonga was one of his “idols.”
In women’s play, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki will be looking for a more routine match against Kiki Bertens. Wozniacki needed to come back from 5-1 down in the third set of her second-round match against Jana Felt.
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