MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Newest on Thursday on the Australian Open (all occasions native):
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Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev served 29 aces in a late-finishing 7-6 (5), 6-Four, 5-7, 6-7 (6), 6-1 win over Jeremy Chardy to succeed in the third spherical of the Australian Open.
The ATP Finals winner had management in the primary two units earlier than the No. 36-ranked Chardy rebounded to degree at two units apiece and drive the second-round match right into a fifth.
It completed after midnight, delaying the later night time match on Margaret Courtroom Area between Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza.
“What an amazing match. Jeremy fought so hard,” Zverev stated. “He’s an unbelievable player. He’s a great fighter.”
Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt says his disagreement with participant Bernard Tomic escalated to threats to Hewitt and his household.
Tomic, a Wimbledon quarterfinalist in 2011, adopted up his first-round loss on the Australian Open earlier this week with a information convention in which he took goal at Hewitt, a two-time main champion and former No. 1-ranked participant.
Tomic stated Hewitt ought to give up as captain of Australia’s Davis Cup staff as a result of he exhibits favoritism to sure gamers and no one likes him.
After his opening-round loss in doubles Thursday, Hewitt stated that their battle originated greater than a yr in the past with disagreements over whether or not he ought to grant Tomic wild-card invites for tournaments.
Hewitt, who retired from singles play in 2016, stated he gained’t permit Tomic to characterize Australia in the Davis Cup “while I have anything to do with it.”
Seven-time champion Serena Williams wanted solely 70 minutes to beat 2014 Wimbledon finalist Genie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 in the second spherical of the Australian Open.
Williams is in Australia aiming for a 24th Grand Slam singles title. She gained right here in 2017 however missed her title protection final yr whereas she took day without work following the start of her daughter.
“It wasn’t an easy match tonight — Genie has been to the finals at Wimbledon,” Williams stated.
The 37-year-old Williams will subsequent play Dayana Yastremska, who beat No. 23 Carla Suarez 6-Three, Three-6, 6-1, and she or he might face both her sister Venus or No. 1-ranked Simona Halep in the fourth spherical.
Lleyton Hewitt’s return to the Australian Open is over in the primary spherical of males’s doubles.
The two-time main winner and Australian Davis Cup captain partnered John-Patrick Smith in a Three-6, 6-1, 6-Four loss to Marcus Daniell and Wesley Koolhof.
Hewitt and Smith acquired a wild card to play in the event, which sparked some criticism from Bernard Tomic throughout a interval of dangerous blood between the senior lively gamers and the 2001 U.S. Open and 2002 Wimbledon champion.
Hewitt will flip 38 subsequent month, and was contesting the Australian Open for the 22nd time. He made his debut at his nationwide championship in 1997 and reached the ultimate in 2005. An Australian man hasn’t gained the Australian singles title since 1976.
Hewitt’s final look in singles right here was 2016.
Prime-ranked Simona Halep got here again after dropping the second set and taking place a break in the third to beat Sofia Kenin 6-Three, 6-7 (5), 6-Four and transfer right into a third-round match towards Venus Williams.
Halep reached the ultimate in Australia final yr after saving match factors in the third spherical and once more in the semifinals, however misplaced the championship match to Caroline Wozniacki.
She ended a run of three runner-up finishes on the majors by profitable the French Open in her following journey to a Grand Slam occasion.
Kenin went on a roll in the third set and was main Four-2 however gave Halep a break-point probability with a double-fault and allowed the Romanian to get again on serve when she hit a wayward forehand.
Halep broke for a 5-Four lead — after Kenin saved two break-point possibilities — and calmly closed it out in 2 hours, 31 minutes.
“I have no idea how I won tonight,” Halep stated. “So hard to explain what happened on court.”
Seven-time main winner Venus Williams superior with a 6-Three, Four-6, 6-Zero win over Alize Cornet. Serena Williams looms as a fourth-round opponent for the winner of that match.
Australian wild-card entry Alexei Popyrin superior to the third spherical at Melbourne Park when seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem retired in the third set with an damage.
Popyrin was main 7-5, 6-Four, 2-Zero when Thiem retired.
Thiem had a 2 a.m. finish in his first-round match when he beat Benoit Paire in 5 units.
Venus Williams has superior to the third spherical at Melbourne Park with a 6-Three, Four-6, 6-Zero win over Alize Cornet.
After Cornet gained the second set on her third set level, main winner Williams was relentless in the third to clinch the match in 2 hours, 18 minutes.
This event marks Williams’ 19th most important draw look on the Australian Open to steer lively gamers, and an open-era report 81st general Grand Slam.
The final time Williams and Cornet met at a serious was additionally in the second spherical on the Australian Open in 2013, when Williams gained in straight units.
The 38-year-old Williams has gained seven Grand Slam singles titles however by no means in Australia, the place she has been a runner-up twice.
Prime-ranked Simona Halep’s second-round match towards 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin goes to a 3rd set.
Halep gained the primary set 6-Three and was up a break in the second earlier than Kenin rallied to drive a tiebreaker, and gained it the second set 7-6 (5).
A runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki right here final yr, Halep was two factors from victory 4 occasions towards Kenin.
Within the first spherical, Halep rallied from a set and a break right down to fend off Kaia Kanepi, avenging a defeat in the corresponding spherical on the U.S. Open final yr.
Kenin warmed up for the Australian Open by profitable her first profession title at Hobart.
Hyeon Chung made it to the semifinals final yr on the Australian Open, giving the game’s profile an enormous increase in South Korea.
His run was extra temporary on return this yr, crushed by Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, 6-Four in a rain-interrupted second-round match. He misplaced in the primary spherical in warm-up tournaments in Pune, India and Auckland, New Zealand.
“It was tough day for me today, he had a really good serve and then the rain came,” Chung stated.
It was additionally a troublesome 2018 after Chung superior to the semis at Melbourne Park and needed to pull out of his match towards Roger Federer with blisters whereas trailing 6-1, 5-2. He had already crushed Alexander Zverev in the third spherical and Novak Djokovic in the fourth.
The South Korean struggled with blisters for a lot of the remainder of the yr and in addition missed the French Open and Wimbledon with a proper ankle damage.
“I had a lot of ups and downs in 2018, and I’m trying to fix parts of my game,” Chung stated. “So far I’m not sure it’s working.”
Ivo Karlovic misplaced his second-round match towards Kei Nishikori however seems to be profitable the battle of approaching center age.
Requested for his secret, he replied: “Croatian cooking and good genes.”
Karlovic is 39 and has already established a variety of age data. A primary-round win made him the oldest man to win a match on the Australian Open since Ken Rosewall in 1978. When he gained in the primary spherical, he turned the oldest man to win a Grand Slam singles match since Jimmy Connors reached the second spherical on the U.S. Open in 1992 on the age of 40.
Karlovic stated he was pleased with his age data and thought he might play one other “eight or nine years.”
When that remark was met with laughter, Karlovic responded: “Not funny.” He was smiling, however nobody knew for positive if he was offended or was simply joking.
“I remember when I was maybe 24, I thought if I could play until I was 30, it would be unbelievable,” he stated. “Now I am almost 40.”
His five-set loss to Nishikori included a number of missed break-point alternatives at Four-Four in the ultimate set, and a botched volley in the tiebreaker.
“It is easy, after all, to say I should have done this, should have done that,” Karlovic stated. “I had those opportunities in the end. It could have gone either way. In my old age it was unbelievable.”
Milos Raonic was both one or two factors from dropping every of the units he ultimately grabbed on the best way to edging 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (Four), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (11), 7-6 (5) in the Australian Open’s second spherical.
The 16th-seeded Raonic, the Wimbledon runner-up in 2016, hit 39 aces in the Four-hour, 2-minute thriller.
He barely got here by way of.
Wawrinka, proprietor of a complete of three Grand Slam titles, was two factors away from taking the second set, held three set factors in the third, and was two factors away from forcing a fifth whereas forward 5-Four in what would become the final tiebreaker.
U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka is thru to the third spherical at Melbourne Park after beating Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-Four.
The fourth-seeded Osaka recovered a service break in the second set and, at Four-Four, she broke Zidansek’s service to like. Osaka hit an ace to save lots of a break level in the final recreation and clinched it on her second match level with a service winner.
Osaka started the yr with a semifinal look on the Brisbane Worldwide, dropping to eventual finalist Lesia Tsurenko
She has reached the semifinals at 4 of her previous 5 tournaments.
Play has resumed on the three present courts at Melbourne Park after play was suspended due to rain. The roofs on Rod Laver Area, Margaret Courtroom Area and Melbourne Area have been closed and play began as soon as the courts might be dried. Milos Raonic and 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka have been degree at one set apiece and Four-Four in the third when the rain suspended their second-round match.
Regular rain showers have suspended play on all courts at Melbourne Park.
The roofs on Rod Laver Area, Margaret Courtroom Area and Melbourne Area have been closed and play was scheduled to renew on these primary exhibits courts as quickly because the courts might be dried.
The second-round match between 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic was degree at Four-Four in the third set at Rod Laver after Wawrinka gained the primary set and Raonic the second, each in tiebreakers.
Eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori withstood 59 aces from Ivo Karlovic earlier than beating the veteran Croatian 6-Three, 7-6 (6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (7) and advancing to the third spherical at Melbourne Park.
Nishikori isn’t making it straightforward on himself to date this event after dropping the primary two units of his first-round match after which permitting Karlovic to get again into this match after taking a 2-Zero set lead.
Nishikori, who dropped to his knees after hitting a service winner on match level, led Four-1 in the final-set 10-point tiebreaker however allowed Karlovic to take a 7-6 lead in it. However a backhand lengthy and repair return lengthy by Karlovic allowed Nishikori to retake the lead that he didn’t relinquish.
The 39-year-old Karlovic had six aces in a row to finish the fourth set.
Madison Keys is thru to the third spherical at Melbourne Park after a 6-Three, 6-Four win over Anastasia Potapova.
Keys, the 2017 U.S. Open runner-up who has made the semifinals in three of the final 5 majors, will subsequent play No. 12-seeded Elise Mertens, who beat Margarita Gasparyan 6-1, 7-5.
Hsieh Su-wei additionally superior by beating Laura Siegemund 6-Three, 6-Four. The Taiwanese participant will tackle both U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka or Tamara Zidansek in the third spherical.
Karolina Pliskova has arrange a third-round match towards Camila Giorgi with a Four-6, 6-1, 6-Zero win over Madison Brengle at Melbourne Park.
Pliskova broke the American participant’s serve six occasions in seven possibilities after dropping the opening set. She additionally despatched down seven aces and had 14 service winners.
The seventh-seeded Pliskova has now gained all 3 times she has performed Brengle. Pliskova has superior to the quarterfinals every of the final two years at Melbourne Park, together with a loss to eventual finalist Simona Halep final yr.
Brengle has misplaced in the primary around the previous two years and her greatest finish right here was the fourth spherical in 2015.
Sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina has superior to the third spherical at Melbourne Park and kicked off proceedings at Rod Laver Area with a 6-Four, 6-1 win over Viktoria Kuzmova.
Svitolina will subsequent play both Karolina Pliskova or Madison Brengle, who have been enjoying the third set of their match at Melbourne Area.
Subsequent up on Rod Laver is 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka’s match towards big-serving Milos Raonic.
Wang Qiang and Camila Giorgi made brief work of their second-round opponents at Melbourne Park, sweeping to straight-set victories.
Wang, the 21st-seeded participant, beat Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-Three in 58 minutes. No. 27 Giorgi wanted only a minute lengthy to defeat Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-Zero.
Kei Nishikori might be hoping for a greater begin Thursday in his second-round match towards Ivo Karlovic on Margaret Courtroom Area than he did in his first on the Australian Open.
The Japanese star misplaced the primary two units towards Kamil Majchrzak and superior when the Polish qualifier needed to retire with an damage whereas trailing Three-Zero in the deciding set. Nishikori has gained his two most up-to-date matches towards Karlovic, together with on the 2016 U.S. Open.
Rod Laver Area has afternoon matches between Milos Raonic and former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Simona Halep towards American Sofia Kenin.
Serena Williams performs Eugenie Bouchard to open night time play on the primary present courtroom, adopted by top-seeded Novak Djokovic’s match towards former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
It’s principally cloudy at Melbourne Park with the temperature anticipated to rise to 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit).
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