Djokovic wins in rising heat

Djokovic wins in rising heat

Her win over Peng Shuai in the first round made her the youngest player to win a main-draw match at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996.

Six-times champion Novak Djokovic emerged from the Rod Laver Arena furnace and into the third round of the Australian Open after putting suffering Gael Monfils out of his misery with a scrappy victory on Thursday.

Sharapova endured a string of defeats early in her comeback but she has been working her way back up the rankings.

A more focussed Sharapova stuck to her game plan and was able to prevail 7-4 in the breaker to capture the match 6-1, 7-6 (4).

She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd. "I think for everybody... it would be really good to close the (roof) covers".

Federer, the defending champion, finished off a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff a half-hour before midnight, when the temperature was still around 29 degrees C (84 degrees F), and said playing at the height of the heat wouldn't have bothered him.

Sharapova won 6-1, 6-4; acing Maria for the win.

Halep allayed fears over the ankle injury she suffered in the opening round with a convincing 6-2 6-2 victory over Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. "I was consistent but I was looking to come forward", Sharapova said. "Something is going on with Australia and me. I think mentally for sure they are much better, so when we go on the court we have to forget who we are playing and focus on our game". But she made a meal of it against local hope Destanee Aiava.

"I got super dizzy", said Monfils, who told the chair official to forget the new rule that requires players to serve within 25 seconds between points.

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GETTYRoger Federer was joined on court by Will Ferrell in his post-match interview

The Canadian was fighting to make up for lost time after wrist and calf injuries a year ago and an early exit at the lead-in Brisbane International tournament this month. "I like to, sometimes, play in heat".

Wawrinka, who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

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Sharapova last won the Australian Open back in 2008 and reached the final in 2015, only to be beaten by Serena Williams in straight sets.

Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced.

No 17-seeded Keys, the runner-up at the US Open, had a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang.

"The health of our players is of paramount concern, but we need to be consistent with the outside courts so some don't get an unfair advantage", the tournament tweeted in response to fans raising concerns.

Federer has never lost in his previous 18 first round matches at the Australian Open and there is no reason to expect that record will be broken against Bedene. Halep, coached by Australian Darren Cahill, is seeking a first grand slam and won't be eager to see a 17-year-old stand in her way.

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