Australian Open 2018 – Round 2 wrap
Future stars and all-time greats set to clash after round two.
Monday 15 January – Sunday 28 January 2018
A straight sets victory in round two sees Rafael Nadal head through to the third round of this years Australian Open with the Spaniard set to play world no. 30 Damir Dzumhur after he defeated Australia’s John Millman.
Fellow Australian Matthew Ebden also lost out the second round, but it wasn’t without trying. Alexandr Dolgopolov was just too strong in the end, showing some of his best tennis to book his ticket into the next round of the Open.
A thrilling five set match between Malek Jaziri and Gilles Muller saw Muller eventually come out on top in the marathon match and advance into the next round, set to play Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta which is going to be one of the matches of the round to watch.
World No. 6 Marin Cilic has also progressed, as well as Grigor Dimitrov, Andreas Seppi, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro and reigning champion Roger Federer.
However, what is being tipped as the must-see match of the third round is Australian hopeful Nick Kyrgios versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The flamboyant Frenchman will need every trick in his book if he is to stop the infamous Australian who will certainly have the crowd behind him in this match.
In the women’s singles, world No.1 Simona Halep won comfortably against crowd favourite Eugenie Bouchard, while Australian Ashleigh Barty recovered from a first set loss to win her match and is set to play Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the third round.
A stunning performance from world No. 127, American Bernarda Pera, saw her defeat British hopeful and world No. 9 Johanna Konta. A shock loss for Konta, as she was one to watch in making a push for Australian Open glory. Bernarda Pera now is set to play Czech Barbora Strycova in the third round. Another upset win could be on the cards.
After a shock first set loss, Caroline Wozniacki fought back to win the next two and ultimately the match against future Croatian star Jana Fett. Wozniacki now is ready to play Kiki Bertens in her quest for an Australian Open title.
The must-see women’s match of the third round is undoubtedly going to be Angelique Kerber versus Maria Sharapova. For the 2008 Australian Open champion, this is set to be her toughest match of the tournament yet, with Kerber out to prove herself once again as one of the world’s best, after her brilliant tournament victory just two years ago.