Watch Australian Open 2017 Live Day two has wrapped up, and it’s been a good day for the big guns and a bad one for the Australians.Djokovic, Radwanska, Serena Williams, Nadal and Raonic all advanced.
Event Date: 16 – 29 January 2017
Where Place On : Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Seven locals bit the dust: Sam Stosur, Alex Bolt, Lizette Cabrera, Arina Rodionova, Blake Mott, Omar Jasika and Chris O’Connell. Three Australians – Daria Gavrilova, Andrew Whittington and Jordan Thompson – managed wins.
That’s it for our live coverage, join us tomorrow for day three of the Open.Gavrilova saves the day as Aussie charge faltersSamantha Stosur led a day-two Australian exodus at Melbourne Park, but in Andrew Whittington, local fans found someone worth shouting about.
The world No.194 wasn’t Australian Open Tennis Live daunted in his first major, earning a 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3 success over Czech Adam Pavlasek. By sundown, he was joined by Jordan Thompson as a second-day success. And late on Tuesday, fan favourite Daria Gavrilova also won through to the second round.For those three successes, there were seven losses on a disappointing day for Australian hopes.
Stosur was joined by qualifiers Alex Bolt and Blake Mott and wildcards Omar Jasika, Chris O’Connell, Lizette Cabrera and Arina Rodionova as day-two losers. From a total of 18 Australian starters, eight have won through to the second round – including first day winners Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Alex De Minaur, Ashleigh Barty and Jaimee Fourlis.
For Whittington and Thompson, Tuesday’s sweltering heat also brought maiden major first-round wins.Thompson outgunned world No.37 Joao Sousa of Portugal despite giving away the first two sets, triumphing 6-7 (2-7) 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1.
The pair of unheralded Aussie aces shone brighter than the highest-ranked local in action on Tuesday.Stosur was slow out of the blocks and couldn’t win the points that counted in a 6-3 3-6 6-0 defeat to Brit Heather Watson.
The Queenslander played a flat first set, found her groove in the second and collapsed in the decider.Stosur’s unforced errors (47) tallied almost half of Watson’s points (103) in the two hour, 15 minute struggle.
It was an all too familiar feeling for the 32-year-old, leaving her home major after the first round for the second successive year.“You get a bit sick of this feeling,” she said.“You’re disappointed – you’re upset, angry.
“I feel like I’ve done everything I can to try and prepare as best as I can. I gave it my best shot and it didn’t happen again.”
Gavrilova got one back for Australia over the mother country when she defeated Brit Naomi Broady 3-6 6-5 7-5 in just under two hours. Whittington capped the best 12 months of his career with a first grand slam success in his debut major.
The Melburnian rose almost 400 rankings places in a tremendous 2016 and celebrated with family.“It was an unbelievable feeling out there and just great to get the win,” he said.
The 23-year-old said he was driven to join day-one victors Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Alex De Minaur, Ashleigh Barty and Jaimee Fourlis.“It’s good to have a lot of Aussies in the draw and a couple of your best mates as well,” he said.
“We’re getting the job done Australian Open Tennis Live Stream as well which is even better.“It’s a great feeling for everyone. Hopefully, we’ll just keep pushing each other.”Daria Gavrilova has scrambled into the second round with a hard-fought win over Britain’s Naomi Broady.The 22-year-old Australian fought back to take the match 3-6 6-4 7-5 on Margaret Court Arena tonight.
Gavrilova will next face Croatian Ana Konjuh. Ivo Karlovic has set a new Australian Open record, crashing down 75 aces in a five-set slog against Horacio Zeballos. After five hours and 15 minutes, the beanpole Croatian eventually claimed a marathon five-set victory 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20.
By number of games played – 84 – it was the longest Australian Open match since the introduction of tiebreaks in 1971. By time, that record still belongs to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal for their titanic 2012 final which lasted five hours and 53 minutes.
On Tuesday at Melbourne Park, there was no doubt who was working harder. Karlovic and Zeballos’ fifth set alone lasted longer than either Djokovic or Nadal’s first-round wins. Making their court 19 tussle even more impressive, the match began in oppressive heat – kicking off at 37 degrees.
Such was the serving dominance in the final set, the pair eked out just one break point each in the first 41 games. They both lost it.In the 42nd game, Karlovic won another two break points, claiming the second before celebrating wildly.
Karlovic is no stranger to marathon matches.The big-serving Croatian edged a classic 12-10 in the fifth over Australian Jordan Thompson at last year’s French Open.Among 22 five-setters, he also lost a four-hour classic at the 2009 French Open to long-distance specialist Lleyton Hewitt.
He plays another Australian, Andrew Whittington, in the second round on Thursday.Facebook Twitter GPlus
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic doused big-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco to win the opening match of his title defence tonight.
The indomitable Serb second seed avoided a potential first round exit against Verdasco, who knocked out Rafael Nadal in last year’s first round.Djokovic prevailed 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in 2hr 20min on Rod Laver Arena to progress to a second round encounter with either Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin or Croatia’s Ivan Dodig.
“The second set went over an hour so of course when I saw the draw, I thought ‘this is going to be the only match I focus on,’” Djokovic said. “I could finish early in the tournament. But I managed to start well with great intensity.
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“First and third sets went well, the second was a gamble. If he’s on you never know.” It was a tricky first-up match for the 12-time Grand Slam champion, who had lost to the Spaniard in four of their previous 13 meetings.But Djokovic’s greater consistency in the pressure moments of an intense match won him the day.
Verdasco has not beaten the Serb for almost seven years, with his last triumph in the quarter-finals at Rome in 2010, although he held five match points in the pair’s most recent meeting this month in Doha before Djokovic went on to win the tournament.
Djokovic is seeded to face Brisbane International winner Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round, powerful Austrian eighth seed Dominic Thiem in the quarters and Canada’s big-serving third seed Milos Raonic in the semi-finals in the bottom half of the men’s draw.
He can take outright ownership of the record for Australian titles if he wins for a seventh time. The Serb is currently tied with Australia’s Roy Emerson on six.Djokovic got off to a flyer with a double service break to clean up the opening set for the loss of just one game in 31 minutes.
Both players traded service breaks in four games before the second set went to a tiebreaker. Djokovic’s greater consistency and Verdasco’s erratic groundstrokes gave the Serb the tiebreaker and a 2-0 sets lead.
Djokovic cranked it up in the third set, breaking Verdasco’s opening service which he carried through to win on his first match point.A clearly frustrated Murray was far from his best but reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 win over the Ukrainian.
The Scot, attempting to win his Australian Open 2017 Live first Australian Open title after five final defeats, won in two hours 48 minutes.Fellow Briton Dan Evans beat Facundo Bagnis of Argentina in straight sets.
Evans, the world number 51, saved three set points before winning the opener in a tie-break, then broke Bagnis in the first game of the second set.A break of the world number 65’s serve in game nine gave Evans the second set, and he wrapped up a 7-6 (10-8) 6-3 6-1 victory to set up a second-round match against Marin Cilic.
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Murray, 29, made a nervy start and lost the first game with three double faults and a forehand error, but took control to serve for the set at 5-3.
However, Marchenko broke the Scot again to draw level, only for Murray to raise his intensity and take the set after 55 minutes.
Murray became increasingly frustrated in the second set, berating himself for his errors and unusually sluggish movement, as his opponent grew in confidence. The Ukrainian, also 29, hit a series of powerful forehands and deft volleys to take the lead in the set.
Murray had to fight hard to force a tie-break, but once again the top seed did enough when it mattered to win the set after a marathon 76 minutes in hot conditions.The gruelling effort seemed to affect Marchenko in the third set and Murray took advantage to win it without any complications.
He faces Russia’s Andrey Rublev in round two.”I don’t think it was the best match,” said the Wimbledon champion. “The conditions were pretty different to what we’ve been practising in.
“Last week’s been pretty cool. When it’s like that, the ball is bouncing a bit lower and it is a bit easier to control. I was a bit tentative because of that. “And I didn’t serve that well either. So you end up having to work really hard on a lot of your service games when it’s like that.”It was a very hot afternoon and therefore I think you could say Murray expended a little more energy than he would wish.
His first serve will be a concern – it can’t be easy serving in the sun – but the heat is not really a huge factor for him.All in all, he looked in pretty good spirits. I don’t think he’ll be hugely concerned but there are things to work on.
British number four Australian Open Tennis Live lost 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 0-6 6-3 to 36-year-old Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos.Bedene, ranked 108 in the world, was 5-2 up in the opener but Estrella Burgos took the first two sets.The Slovenia-born Briton eased through the third set, but Estrella Burgos progressed after three hours and nine minutes.[source]