Federer and Djokovic take control in Melbourne

Federer and Djokovic take control in Melbourne

Maria Sharapova stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday morning with a straight sets win over Anastasija Sevastova.

The Serb arrived in Australia with question marks over his elbow injury and has played two rounds in Melbourne wearing a compression sleeve on his serving arm.

The five-time Grand Slam champion consolidated easily as she moved within two games of closing out the match.

Novak Djokovic and Gael Monfils meet in the second round of the 2018 Australian Open. "I played ideal tennis, like I never stopped".

The six-time champion routed American veteran Donald Young, looking like his old self as he crushed sliding forehand winners and broke Young six times to advance 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

"I hope to improve in this aspect", added Djokovic, via ESPN.

"The guy has a capacity for pushing himself that is unique". "Now I think the work pays off and it's just the beginning of the year".

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The 19-time grand slam champion set up a third-round clash with Richard Gasquet after a comfortable 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 win over German Struff, who was playing in the second round Down Under for the first time. "I saw that you've portrayed me as someone who is very greedy, asks for more money and wants to boycott". "I have a lot of faith and self-belief". Monfils' only win over Djokovic came in challenger play in 2004, their first meeting.

Monfils managed to hold on after seeing his 3-0 lead disappear, edging through another tense service game and wasting his first set point with a woeful drop shot.

The five-time major victor could next meet No 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at the US Open past year in her return to a Grand Slam to tournament. She got a lot of help from a badly misfiring Sharapova that day in NY, the kind of help you can't count on getting again from a five-time Grand Slam champ.

The Romanian top seed was nearly blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melbourne player in the opening stanza, forced to save two set points at 2-5 and come from 1-3 down to rescue the tie-break.

The 19-time major victor says the current agreement is a good one, but it has run its course and time was right for players to get together and seek pay increases. Making a comeback after an elbow injury sidelined him for six months, Djokovic rallied from a set down to prevail over Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in two hours and 45 minutes. Two other U.S. contenders, No 8 Jack Sock and No 16 John Isner, were out on opening day.

The Australian-born Konta, who won on her fourth match point Tuesday, has had two good years at the Australian Open, losing to the eventual champion each time.


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