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Australian Open missives - Day 3

Novak Djokovic
by Alexandra Willis at Melbourne Park
Wednesday 16 January 2013

Highlights from the third day of Australian Open 2013 at Melbourne Park...

That was what Novak Djokovic produced on Rod Laver Arena, teaching Ryan Harrison what it means to be not just a good tennis player, but a great tennis player. Djokovic's level was so good, that Harrison celebrated each point he won as if it were a break of serve. Winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, Djokovic's next opponent will be Radek Stepanek. The title defence is on.  

What Serena can do… Sharapova can do better. Maria Sharapova achieved her second double bagel of Australian Open 2013 with a 6-0, 6-0 demolishing of Misaki Doi, the first time a female player has completed a double double bagel at a Slam since Wendy Turnbull here in Melbourne in 1985.

Speaking of Serena, those on ankle-watch were left extremely bemused when she didn’t show up for her scheduled practice session. It later emerged that she had simply moved indoors.

Enter the giant
Jerzy Janowicz is fast becoming a name to remember. The long-limbed Pole attracted public attention in the second half of 2012 as he roared to the Paris Masters final, breaking inside the world’s top 30 as a result. It seems he can break other things too, showing more than a bit of a temper at dropping the first two sets of his second round match against Somdev Devvarman, before battling his way back emphatically to win 6-7(10), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 in exactly four hours.

British battler
Heather Watson. On Monday, the British No.1 recovered from a set and a break deficit. On Wednesday, she did it again, this time saving three match points in the process. Watson defeated Ksenia Pervak 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-2 to advance to the third round and a meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska.

The upsets
It seems like Ash Barty wore Dominka Cibulkova out. The young Aussie was disappointed to have only taken a set off the 15th seed, but it worked very much in Valeria Savinykh’s favour, the Russian qualifier knocking out Cibulkova 7-6(6), 6-4.

Madison Keys, touted by Lindsay Davenport as the most exciting prospect in American women’s tennis since the Williams sisters, crunched past 30th seed Tamira Paszek, 6-2, 6-1.

The biggest of the day, even if it was unsurprising to every pessimistic Australian, was Zheng Jie’s ousting of Sam Stosur, the ninth seed, in three torturous sets.

Of the men, Mikhail Youzhny, the 23rd seed, came out the wrong side of a five-setter against fellow Russian Evgeny Donskoy.

Got out of jail
Ana Ivanovic
, who gathered herself to beat qualifier Chan Yung-Jan 7-5, 1-6, 6-4, and Jelena Jankovic, who came through 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 to set up a third round face-off with her compatriot.

David Ferrer, the No.4 seed in Rafael Nadal’s absence, had to dig deep against lucky loser Tim Smycek, coming through in four sets. 

Last up was Janko Tipsarevic, who ended the day and night's play with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 7-5 win over Lukas Lacko. 

Horrible end for…
Brian Baker
. The all-American, one of the stories of 2012 as he came back from multiple operations and injuries to his right hip, left hip, and elbow, looked to be on course for a famous victory when he took the first set 7-6(2) against compatriot Sam Querrey. But Baker was then forced to retire at 1-1 in the second set, leaving the court in a wheelchair after a ligament tear in his right knee. "Something rubbed back and forth and... I couldn't straighten my leg. I've never had knee problems in my life,' he said.

Cruising through
As well as those already mentioned, there were straight sets wins for Nicolas Almagro, Agnieszka Radwanska, Angelique Kerber, Kirsten Flipkens, Julia Goerges, Kei Nishikori, Ekaterina Makarova, Stanislas Wawrinka, Li Na, Kevin Anderson, Venus Williams, Radek Stepanek, Tomas Berdych, Fernando Verdasco, and Marion Bartoli.

Enforcement of the hindrance call
Famously employed against Serena Williams in the US Open final in 2011, the hindrance call surfaced at Australian Open 2013 as Ana Ivanovic was penalised for shouting out 'Ajde' too early.

Player revelation
Sam Querrey
is an acupuncture fan.

“I've done it for the last six months, and I don't do it every day. Couple times a week. Sometimes we will just do spots. You know, if my elbow or shoulder is sore, Casey will stick a few needles there. Other days I will lay there and he'll put in 30, 40 needles over the whole body. But I'd say two or three times a week we will do some type of acupuncture treatment.”

The doubles tournaments began in earnest today, the most notable results being the upsets of 10th seeds Sania Mirza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the Brisbane champions, and men's 10th seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. 14th seeds Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek also departed, as did 13th seeds Scott Lipsky and Santiago Gonzalez. They could be sharing a plane home with Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, the 11th seeds, also beaten before they would have liked. 

Otherwise, the wins were head-lined by straight set wins for the Bryan brothers, the 2012 runners-up and men’s top seeds, and Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, the women’s top seeds.

They said it

"I'm fighting the wrinkles and I'm fighting the battle of the bulge but I'm still slim and trim."
Venus Williams

Coming up on Thursday

Rod Laver Arena
Victoria Azarenka [1] v Eleni Daniilidou
FB Serena Williams [3] v Garbine Muguruza
FB Daniel Brands v Bernard Tomic

7pm Nikolay Davydenko v Roger Federer [1] 
FB Laura Robson v Petra Kvitova [8]

Hisense Arena
Peng Shuai v Maria Kirilenko [14]
FB Andy Murray [3] v Joao Sousa
FB Caroline Wozniacki [10] v Donna Vekic
FB Yen-Hsun Lu v Gael Monfils

Margaret Court Arena
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [7] v Go Soeda
FB Su-Wei Hsieh [26] v Svetlana Kuznetsova

7pm Juan Martin Del Potro [6] v Benjamin Becker

Other notables

4th on Show Court 2 Serena & Venus Williams [12] v Camila Giorgi & Stefanie Voegele
4th on Court 8 Sloane Stephens [29] v Kristina Mladenovic 
2nd on Court 13 Milos Raonic [13] v Lukas Rosol


For all the reports and results from Melbourne Park, visit the Official Australian Open website


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