Day 4 of the Australian Open was built as a classic and again fans were lining up before the gates opened to watch some entertaining tennis.
British world No.9 Johanna Konta was one of the first winners of the day after she fought off Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-4 6-2 to book her spot in the third round.
World No.6 Dominika Cibulkova followed quickly after with a 6-4 7-6(8) victory over Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh. The Slovakian held two match points serving at 5-4 in the second set but Hsieh was able to fight back and force a tiebreak.
Cibulkova managed to save a set point in the breaker and was pleased she was able to keep her focus and not dwell too much on squandering the match points.
Caroline Wozniacki waltzes into third round by defeating Croatian young gun Donna Vekic 6-1 6-3 .
In the men’s draw, France had some fantastic results with 18th seed Richard Gasquet demolishing Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-1 6-1 6-1 and 25th seed Gilles Simon enjoying a similarly easy passage past Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4 6-1 6-1.
Third seed Milos Raonic had another strong win, defeating in-form Sydney champion Gilles Muller 6-3 6-4 7-6(4) to continue his quest for a maiden Grand Slam title.
Roberto Bautista Agut set up a third-round showdown with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer after defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-2 6-3 6-3.
Ferrer, seeded No.21, beat the American player Ernesto Escobedo 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 and will next face 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
It was also a good day for French 21st seed Caroline Garcia, who fought back from a set down against compatriot Oceane Dodin to win 6-7(3) 6-4 6-4, while American qualifier Jennifer Brady saved five match points to claim an epic 2-6 7-6(3) 10-8 win over Heather Watson to progress through to the third round in her first Grand Slam main draw.
American Nicole Gibbs moved through to the third round after defeating Irina Falconi 6-4 6-2. It is only the second time that she has reached the final 32 of a Grand Slam and the first at Melbourne Park.
Monfils defeated Alexandr Dolgopolv 6-3 6-4 1-6 6-0 to move into the Australian Open’s third round – the most notable aspect not that Monfils dropped a set, but the manner in which he recovered from it.
In other women’s results, 16th seed Barbora Strycova defeated Andrea Petkovic 6-0 7-5, 14th seed Elina Vesnina was too strong for Mandy Minella 6-3 6-3 and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko upset 31st seed Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3 6-1.
A devastated Sara Errani was forced to retire with injury when trailing 3-6 2-3 to Ekaterina Makarova. As she walked to the net to concede, tears streamed down her face as she knew hew tournament was over.
David Goffin progressed after a 6-4 6-0 6-3 win over Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek, while 32nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber also moved through with a comfortable win over American Donald Young.
Rising German star Alexander Zverev booked his spot in the third round with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over American qualifier Frances Tiafoe.