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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Australia Open Men's Seeds: Day Three

World number one Novak Djokovic has given French teenager Quentin Halys a free tennis lesson for about an hour before the wildcard showed how much he had learnt in the Serb's 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(3) Australian Open second round win.

Four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer made safe passage through to the third round with a straight-sets defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov on Rod Laver Arena.

The third-seeded Federer, chasing his 18th major singles title, defeated the 35th-ranked Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 in one hour and 33 minutes.

Federer will now have a third-round encounter with Bulgarian 27th seed Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Argentina's Marco Trungelliti 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Sixth seed Tomas Berdych also progressed to the third round courtesy of a 6-4, 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Mirza Basic, while Japanese hope Kei Nishikori came out on top of an awkward match with his practice partner Austin Krajicek.
Nishikori advanced but not before a second set struggle, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in one hour and 53 minutes on Margaret Court Arena with the roof closed due to early morning rain.

The seventh-seeded Nishikori, who has yet to pass the quarter-final stage at the Melbourne Park, will player either Spain's 26th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or German qualifier Daniel Brands in the last 32.
Nishikori and American Krajicek grew up training together at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida and they were facing each other for the second time after the Japanese star won in three sets in Memphis last year.
"It was a great match against Austin, we have known each other for a long time so it wasn't easy to play him but he played well today," Nishikori said.

NICK Kyrgios has won through to the third round of the Australian Open, after defeating Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas.

The Aussie took out the match in straight sets, downing his opponent 6-4 7-5 7-6.
Kyrgios appeared to be in a foul mood before the match began, talking animatedly to his player box and repeatedly saying “never again”.
After Cuevas won his opening service game Kyrgios yelled at his team: “I’m fuming.”
Tsonga’s game was just as strong as his chivalry, downing next-generation Australian hopeful Omar Jasika in straight-sets.

Jasika was competitive but never in control against the ninth-seeded Frenchman, losing 7-5 6-1 6-4 in 103 minutes.
In his first meeting with a player ranked in the world’s top 75, Jasika was outgunned. Clearly distressed, the ball girl stood teary-eyed behind Tsonga as he picked up the ball to serve. The Frenchman noticed the girl was hurt, walked over and placed his arm around her before calling out for assistance.
Tsonga then linked arms with the girl and walked her off the court.
  • Djokovic (1) def Halys 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
  • Federer (3) def Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-5, 6-1
  • Berdych (6) def Basic 6-4, 6-0, 6-3
  • Nishikori (7) def Krajicek 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
  • Cilic (12) def Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
  • Simon (14) def Donskoy 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 7-4, 7-5
  • Goffin (15) def Dzumhur 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
  • Thiem (19) def Almagro 6-3, 6-1, 6-3
  • Bautista (24) def Lajovic 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
  • Garcia-Lopez (26) def Brands 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
  • Dimitrov (27) def Marco Trungelliti 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
  • Seppi (28) def 7-5, 6-4, 6-4
  • Kyrgios (29) def Cuevas 6-4, 7-6, 7-6 (7-2)