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Aussie Open: Federer, Djokovic, del Potro Through

Aussie Open: Federer, Djokovic, del Potro Through

Konta will next meet Bernarda Pera, a lucky loser in the qualifying tournament who registered the second win by an American woman at the tournament when she beat Russian qualifier Anna Blinkova 6-2, 6-2.

Monfils was seen by the tournament doctor and briefly left the court after giving up the second set.

After defeating Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets, Roger Federer is expecting a tough third-round clash against Richard Gasquet. A 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to 97th-ranked Tennys Sandgren in the second round was his earliest exit in a decade here.

In other matches, rising talent Alexander Zverev endured a mid-match lapse but steadied to defeat Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in an all-German battle and reach the third round while struggling Swiss former victor Stan Wawrinka was knocked out by American Tennys Sandgren in the second round.

"Our sport has become an industry", Djovokic, who'll play 21st-seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Friday, said. Halep trailed 5-2 in the first set.

"I think the surface of the court, I don't know how much heat, it's awful, very, very hot, and it's easy to get blisters and red", she said.

Former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro battled an apparent thigh injury and sapping heat to down Russia's Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (0-7), 6-4 and also seal a third round spot.

"The health of our players is of paramount concern, but we need to be consistent with the outside courts so some don't get an unfair advantage", the tournament tweeted.

Speaking after his defeat, the world number 39 said the conditions were some of the toughest he had ever played in, labelling them risky. "But during the match, I just forgot about it".

Djokovic was in ruthless form against Ramos-Vinolas. Pic Getty
Djokovic was in ruthless form against Ramos-Vinolas. Pic Getty

Sharapova was banned after testing positive for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished past year ranked No. 60.

Kerber, who defeated Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1 in an impressively dominant performance, said: "We both played a lot of good matches in the past".

"Did I request? No", he said following the Monfils match.

"I love being in the city".

Flawless Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic stamped their mark on the Australian Open with focused former champion Maria Sharapova also successfully negotiating the first round after her drug ban.

"I was not looking in the box", she dead-panned to reporters.

When both those temperatures are exceeded, matches on outside courts are supposed to be suspended and the roofs closed on all three main stadiums - Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena.

"I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", he told the cheering crowd afterwards.

"I get super dizzy. Yeah, it's great to be back".

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