Federer shines as Djokovic survives brutal heat test


This was the match Maria Sharapova said she wanted - a quality opponent on a big stage to get a true gauge on exactly where her career stood since her return to competitive tennis eight months ago.

epa06448984 Novak Djokovic (R) of Serbia and Gael Monfils (L) of France embrace after Djokovic won their second round match at the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 18 January 2018.

"I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus, that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age", Sharapova said.

Zverev, fancied as an outsider for glory in Melbourne, was frustrated by a lack of light as he was sent packing by NextGen Finals champion Chung in five sets.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic showed iron-man stamina as he battled hothouse conditions to overcome worn out Frenchman Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3. I'm around 50 in the world at this point, so I know I'm going to be facing seeded players first, second, third round. "I'm nearly dead but I'm happy we could show great tennis".

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Federer, rated the favourite to win his 20th major even at the venerable age of 36, progressed to the fourth round at the Australian Open for the 16th time.

Monfils managed to hold on after seeing his 3-0 lead disappear, edging through another tense service game and wasting his first set point with a woeful drop shot.

Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the crowd sang "Happy Birthday" to celebrate her 30th birthday. "I know that matches from this moment onwards will get tougher and tougher".

Angelique Kerber is on her own in an elite club at the Australian Open. "I think we were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points", Martic said. I did my job in two sets against someone that's been troubling me in the past.

'As I said, it's nothing major to be concerned about.

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Ashleigh Barty, backed by a roaring home support on Rod Laver Arena, rallied from a set down to beat Italian Camila Giorgi 5-7 6-4 6-1 in the second round.

It was sweet revenge for the Russian after the Latvian number 14 seed knocked her out of last year's US Open. Little dicey in the second set, to say the least, but I got through it.

No. 9 Johanna Konta beat Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-1, handing the USA a 10th loss in 11 first-round women's matches.

Three times the top seed served for a place in the fourth round at 5-4, 6-5 and 8-7 and three times Davis broke back.

Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, a semi-finalist twice in the past four tournaments at Melbourne, needed three sets to see off Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko as she won 2-6 7-5 6-3.

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