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Novak Djokovic eases into Australian Open fourth round

Novak Djokovic eases into Australian Open fourth round

The Argentinian has beaten Federer six times in their 24 meetings including at the US Open, where the Swiss is a five-time champion, just previous year.

Their last three meetings have gone to three sets and Kerber is expecting another tight affair.

They pair are both 30, former world number ones and were the only two Australian Open winners left in the women's draw, but there was only one player in it.

American Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, moved into the second round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Wang Qiang. He won in Milano past year.

What appeared to be a amusing chit-chat between Roger Federer and Jim Courier in the post-match interview, was actually a roast session for the 19-time Grand Slam champion.

At Wimbledon in 2014, the Canadian beat Halep in the semifinals before advancing to the final, where she lost to Petra Kvitova.

Novak Djokovic survived a gruelling fitness test under the brutal Melbourne sun to stay alive at the Australian Open on Thursday. She has since had a major slide and is now ranked 112th. "Despite winning our last match, I faced two match points and barely got through that one, 7-6 in the third", Sharapova said.

A cooler change is expected to blow through Melbourne from Saturday.

Novak Djokovic defeated Albert Ramos in straight sets, 6-2 6-3 6-3, despite an injury scare.

As the thermometer headed towards an energy-sapping 40C and reports of 69 degrees being measured on the court surface, Djokovic and his opponent Gael Monfils took to a sun-baked Rod Laver Arena for their second-round clash. In the middle of the match, he called the doctor due to an issue on his lower back and leg. 'It was okay', Djokovic assured in press conference. 'Nothing major.

The 17th-seeded Keys was dominant serving in the first set.

When a backhand return victor brought up a break point and a trademark yell of "C'mon!" from Sharapova, you thought she might be on the point of turning the match on its head.

That left unseeded Maria Sharapova, No. 21 Angelique Kerber and French Open champion and No. 7 Jelena Ostapenko as the only Grand Slam winners in the womens draw.

It was Kerber's 11th win in a row to start the season.




In other third-round matches, Argentine 12th seed Juan Martin Del Potro plays tough Czech campaigner Tomas Berdych while fourth seed Alexandar Zverev takes on South Korea's Chung Hyeon. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

The fifth-seeded Austrian player improved his five-set record at Grand Slams to 3-3 with the win. After three hours and 45 minutes, the Romanian won 15-13 in a thrilling deciding set.

The heat peaked during Djokovics 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win.

It took Djokovic a little bit of time to get into his match with Vinolas, as he saved an early break point on serve.

No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the USA men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Feliciano Lopez.

Muguruza was one of the five seeded women's players who were eliminated on Day 4.

Former Australian Open semifinalist Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the tournament in the second round by American lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5.

"The Grand Slams know that.

But looking at the overall picture, the first thing is that I'm healthy", a clearly disappointed Sharapova told reporters.

Sharapova, back in Melbourne after testing positive for a banned substance here in 2016 resulting in a 15-month ban, had looked menacing in the opening two rounds.

New York City was the suitable setting for Sharapova's much-hyped Grand Slam return last August.

Organisers will only active the extreme heat policy when the temperature exceeds 40 Celsius and the wet bulb globe temperature index hits 32.5 Celsius, which means matches could be affected Friday.

It sure wasn't anywhere near Rod Laver Stadium on Saturday against Kerber.