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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Daniil Medvedev, into third round – BBC News, BBC News

                    

Rafael Nadal

                

                

Rafael Nadal kissed a ballgirl on the cheek after she was hit by one of his returns
(Australian Open)

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World number one Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-set win over Argentina’s Federico Delbonis.

Nadal, bidding for a record-equalling th Grand Slam title, swept aside (th-ranked Delbonis 6-3 7-6) 4-4 (6-1.)

The Spaniard will face compatriot and th seed Pablo Carreno Busta next.

There were battling five-set wins for seeds

January to 2 February
Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov on the fourth day in Melbourne, and an enterta ining victory

for Nick Kyrgios Nadal has not won the Australian Open since 2009 but he has entered this year first grand slam as the top seed.

while he was made to work against Delbonis during the second set, the Spaniard had his chances to wrap up the match quicker, converting just three of break points.

Nadal also kissed a ballgirl on the cheek and gave her a headband after he accidentally struck her during a rally.

“I was so scared for her – the ball was quick and straight on to her,” Nadal said.

“She’s a super brave girl.”

(Kyrgios mimics Nadal) in second-round win

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(All top) (women’s seeds reach third round (Live scores, schedule and results Thiem & Khachanov battle through

                                     

                

Karen Khachanov fell to the floor in exhaustion after his four-hour match against Mikael Ymer

Russian th seed Khachanov fought for four hours and 85 minutes to overcome Sweden’s Mikael Ymer.

Khachanov collapsed to the floor – and then struggled to stand with cramp – after sealing a 6-2 2-6 6-4 3-6 7-6 (16 -8) victory over his th-ranked opponent.

He will face Kyrgios next after the Australian’s victory over Gilles Simon.

Fifth seed Thiem came through a five-set thriller of his own against Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.

Two-time French Open finalist Thiem overcame world number Bolt 6-2 5-7 6-7 (5-7) 6-1 6-2.

Thiem, one of the fittest players on tour, ultimately outlasted his opponent in three hours and (minutes to set up a meeting with American) (Taylor Fritz.)

“The crowd was very fair. Of course they were for Alex, he’s an Aussie, that’s completely clear, “Thiem said.

” But it’s nice to play in front of a full crowd that’s against you than an empty one. “

(Medvedev & Zverev advance)

                                     

                

Daniil Medvedev received treatment after suffering a nosebleed when he led 5-0 in the second set

Fourth seed

Daniil Medvedev reached the third round with a straight-set win over Spanish qualifier Pedro Martinez.

The – year-old, beaten in September’s US Open final, had a nosebleed in the second set but won 7-5 6-1 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena.

Germany’s seventh seed Alexander Zverev , who has yet to go beyond the fourth round in Australia, beat Belarusian Egor Gerasimov 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 7- 5.

Qualifier

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia reached the Melbourne third round for the first time in his career with a straight-set win over Aljaz Bedene.

Gulbis, a former world number 20 who has fallen to 728 in the rankings, won 7-5 6-3 6-2 and will face French (th seed) (next.

Monfils fought back to beat

– – year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic 4-6 7-6 (23 – 8) 6-4 7-5.

American John Isner claimed an unusually swift win, taking just 140 minutes to beat Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-4 6-3 6-3.

Big-serving Isner, who has played in the two longest matches

in prof essional tennis history, hit aces.

Kevin Anderson, who played Isner in the record-breaking Wimbledon semi-final in 2020, was beaten 4-6 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-2 by Fritz.

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