As Easy as 1,2,3 for Djokovic
Novak Djokovic starts us off with his match against US No.3 Ryan Harrison, where he piled on the pressure right from the start, showing no mercy for the young 20 year-old. And, from a statement on the Australian Open’s website, it’s not hard to see why after just 20 minutes, Harrison was a set down: “If he wasn’t sliding out wide to rifle his trademark open stance backhand, he was on his toes, hugging the baseline and controlling the centre of the court. When he wasn’t smacking aces or landing his returns mere centimetres from the baseline, he was displaying his deft touch in the form of dropshots and perfectly-weighted lobs.” This continued throughout the second set as well. However, in the third (and final) set of the match, the American showing a little more competency – especially in the seventh game when there was a multitude of deuces, and eventually Harrison held serve, making it 3-4. Nevertheless, the Serb seemed a little annoyed his authority had been challenged, so he went on to win the next to games – and therefore the match – without losing a single point. Also, we must give credit to Harrison though for (like Janowicz) his incredibly powerful serves. 138mph was his best.
Ruthless Andy through in red hot heat
Number three seed Andy Murray is through to the next stage with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 win over world number 100 Jao Sousa. Not only did the Brit take advantage of his service games, hitting an 80% first serve win %, but also he took some all important breaks. Portugal’s number 1 struggled to cope with Murray’s power around the court and didn’t even manage to break the US Open champion’s serve. Temperatures were tough for the competitors, even rising to 40°C! Next up for the two time finalist is Lithuania’s world number 110 Ricardas Berankis, who caused a big upset to 25th seed Florian Mayer by beating him.
No problems for Federer
Russian Nikolay Davydenko caused no issues for four time champion Roger Federer. A 6-3 6-4 6-4 win for the former world number 1 sends him into the third round for a tie against wotld number 43 Bernard Tomic. Tomic is the only Australian left in the men’s singles draw and is looking to lift the hopes of a nation in their own grand slam.
Watson & Robson – The Fight for British No.1 Continues
Yesterday, Heather Watson gave us all a fright when she conceded three match points, yet she miraculously survived, and was able to turn the match around and won it 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.
Laura Robson didn’t disappoint us either, even though, like at the US Open, she faced a top 10 player in the very early rounds. This time it was Wimbledon 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, and Laura also faced a rough first set, but again turned it around to win 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 after a thrilling and end to end final set. Incredibly, the exciting match ended at 00:30 local time. See what Kvitova had to say about it all in a press conference here.
Games to Watch in Round 3
Bernard Tomic V Roger Federer
Sam Querry V Stanislas Wawrinka
Maria Sharapova v Venus Williams
Heather Watson V Agniezka Radwanska