Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court

Ross Houston
January 20, 2018

Angelique Kerber has continued her march towards a second Australian Open crown with a clinical third-round victory over five-time grand slam victor Maria Sharapova.

"2017, I have said goodbye already, I am not looking back", she said after a forgettable last season that saw her relinquish the number one spot and slide down the rankings.

Zverev got into a row with the umpire about the light on Rod Laver Arena and won just five points in the final set to go down 5-7 7-6 (7/3) 2-6 6-3 6-0.

Meanwhile, it might be too soon to say whether Djokovic a serious contender for the title this year - replicating Roger Federer's feat last year - but he's still in the mix and is likely to get better as the tournament progresses.

"My dream was always to play a long time on tour and we had a few guys playing a long time and I think that inspired me", he said post-match.

"People might say at this level you have to be as a professional tennis player fit. but I think there is a limit and there's a level of tolerance between being fit and being in danger in terms of health".

"There was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely".

"It's been a couple of years since I've been here so I wanted to enjoy the moment and it was really meaningful to be out here today", Sharapova said in a post-match interview.

Six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic won despite needing a medical timeout to massage his lower back and left hip after the third game of the second set, reports Efe. "At the US Open she was fresher".

"I look forward to these matches".

The 12-time Grand Slam champion is president of the ATP's player's council and was reported to have made the argument at their annual meeting before this month's Australian Open in Melbourne.

The Argentine and the Russian met for the first time in Auckland two weeks ago, and Delpo emerged a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victor. "The plan is to play a bit more if the knee is keeping (together) because I didn't play for six months", he said.

Djokovic lost in the second round here a year ago, but won five of the previous six Australian Open titles. The Swiss hasn't dropped a set in two matches so far in his title defense.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova also had a tough test, beating fellow Czech Lucie Safarova 7-6 (8/6), 7-5.

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