Australian Open: Sharapova happy with improvement


Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has struck form to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open, looking in excellent touch during a straight-sets routing of Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas. It showed on Thursday.

"I came out here trying to enjoy every point". The Swiss star is ranked and seeded ninth, Sandgren is 97th.

Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open. During the match that lasted two hours and 45 minutes, the temperature hit 39C and left Monfils feeling like he was "dying on the court". "I'm nearly dead", Halep said of the match which equalled Chanda Rubin's win over Arantxa Shanchez Vicario in 1996 - also 48 games - for the Australian Open record in terms of most games.

It's the second year in a row that Zverev has reached the third round.

Zverev, 20, has five titles on the ATP tour but his fourth-round exit at Wimbledon past year remains his best run at a major.

Their encounter equalled the Open's record for most games played in a women's match - and also saw some impromptu courtside surgery when the American lost a toenail.

At Wimbledon in 2014, the Canadian beat Halep in the semifinals before advancing to the final, where she lost to Petra Kvitova.

Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has reportedly outlined plans to boost prize money at the opening Grand Slam of the year from $55 million to $100 million over the next five years. She made her return to the majors at the U.S. Open, and finished the year ranked No. 60.

But she turned the tables against the Melbourne Park 14th seed two days ago winning 6-1 7-6 (7/4).

Maria Sharapova was happy with her improved display after an impressive win over Anastasija Sevastova at the Australian Open.

Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Monfils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.

"So, third round of the Australian Open, I don't know, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory".

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Keys will next play eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Gasquet had more winners and fewer errors in that set, but was staring down the barrel after surrendering serve at the first opportunity in the third - a costly double fault subsequently punished by a fine drop shot. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.

Czech Berdych won 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

Thiem counted 21 aces among his 57 winners in the match. Halep wasted chances to serve for the match in the ninth, 11th and 15th games, then had to save three match points in the 22nd.

Roger's victor At this point Federer got into position and sent down the victor.

The Spaniard had a troubled preparation for the tournament, retiring with cramps in the second round at the Brisbane International and withdrew before her quarterfinal at Sydney because of a right thigh injury.

No. 17-seeded Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Wang Qiang and will be one of four American women in the second round. "The commitment and the work they're able to put in - it's not just walking through a Grand Slam tunnel and getting on the court". In the middle of the match, he called the doctor due to an issue on his lower back and leg. 'It was okay', Djokovic assured in press conference. 'Nothing major.

But it proved to be a short-lived reprieve with Federer quick to regain the advantage and book his spot in the fourth round at Melbourne Park for the 16th time.

That loss was part of the process that Sharapova believes has set her up for this season.

Sharapova, who was off the tour for 15 months serving a doping ban, has a 4-3 edge in career meetings. The grand slams know that.

But the event has not enforced its heat rule policy which would halt matches.