Nishikori, Osaka reach 3rd round of Australian Open

Nishikori, Osaka reach 3rd round of Australian Open

"I have to be happy to go to the next round because I nearly lost today". He scraped the win in the decider via a 10-point tiebreaker, introduced at this year's tournament.

Actually, 6-foot-11 (2.11-meter) Karlovic - who holds the Australian Open record of 75 aces in a match - got to six aces in a row at the end of the fourth set.

The U.S. Open champion defeated the unseeded Slovenian 6-2, 6-4 to set up an all-Asian clash with Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan in the next round.

After trailing 4-1 in the 10-point tiebreaker - a new addition at the Australian Open this year _ and then taking a 7-6 lead thanks to a video replay review at 6-6 - Karlovic was closing in becoming the oldest man since Ken Rosewall in 1978 to reach the third round at the Australian Open. About an hour later, Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, was a single point from grabbing the third set and was denied again.

"It feels like four hours passed by in about 15 minutes".

Kei lost only four points on serve in the opening set and he brought it home with a single break in game eight, keeping his games locked in set number two as well to keep the pressure on the other side of the net.

Venus Williams has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Alize Cornet.

"I remember when I was maybe 24, I thought if I could play until I was 30, it would be unbelievable", he said.

The 73rd-ranked Croatian slammed eight aces over his first four service games at Margaret Court Arena, but the 29-year-old Nishikori wrapped up the opening set in under 30 minutes, breaking his opponent's serve to take a 5-3 lead before closing the stanza with decisive service game topped with a forehand victor on set point.

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Nishikori missed the season's first Gram Slam previous year when a right wrist injury suffered in August 2017 wiped out the start of his season.

"I had a lot of ups and downs in 2018, and I'm trying to fix parts of my game", Chung said. I focused well the last couple points.

It was the young Pole's first ever match against a top 50 opponent but you would never have known it as he took a two-set lead with a succession of blistering winners off both wings.

"It was a tough match which could have gone both ways", Nishikori said.

Keys has reached the semifinals in three of the last five majors and is gaining in confidence in Australia.

Croatian Borna Coric, the 11th seed, overcame Belgium's Steve Darcis in straight sets, winning 6-1 6-4 6-4, and will play Hungary's Marton Fucsovics next.

Djokovic now faces 25th-seeded Denis Shapovalov, a 19-year-old Canadian who beat Taro Daniel 6-3, 7-6 (2), 6-3. No. 27 Giorgi needed just a minute long to defeat Polish qualifier Iga Swiatek 6-2, 6-0.

WTA Finals victor Elina Svitolina beat Viktoria Kuzmova 6-4, 6-1 in 67 minutes, No. 13 Anastasija Sevastova beat teenage Canadian qualifier Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 21 Wang Qiang Wang had a 6-2, 6-3 win over Aleksandra Krunic. At the start of the third set with temperature pushing into the mid 30s Celsius, the 23-year-old began to cramp so badly that he could hardly grip his racquet.

Rod Laver Arena has afternoon matches between Milos Raonic and former champion Stan Wawrinka and top-ranked Simona Halep against American Sofia Kenin.

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