Australian Open: Nishikori survives Karlovic scar in epic battle, enters third round

Australian Open: Nishikori survives Karlovic scar in epic battle, enters third round

Then, on Thursday, Karlovic lit up the scoreboard with 59 aces but also lost in a fifth-set tiebreaker, against No. 8 Kei Nishikori.

A year ago at Melbourne Park, Halep was a point from being eliminated in two matches but came back each time en route to reaching the final.

The second set began in much the same way, the two players sharing the first six games on serve.

"I forgot that I was down 0-40 he nearly had it for sure". "One serve and it could have gone his way". The 39-year-old showed remarkable fitness as he took the third from under Nishikori's nose. "Never easy. Kind of frustrating if you can't get the serve like three in a row".

After Zidansek broke Osaka's serve in the first set and leveled 2-2 on three straight unforced errors, the world No. 4 upped her game and broke the Slovenian twice while claiming four straight games to go out in front.

There were only a few hundred fans in the seats at Margaret Court Arena, which has a seating capacity of 7,500. I had to reload again the fifth set. It was a really tough match. Serving or volleying usually accounts for the world No. 73's points - but forced to guess when Nishikori lined up a short forehand, he anticipated perfectly to place a backhand down the line for 7-6.

In the last tiebreaker, Wawrinka was up 5-4 before Raonic closed with three consecutive points to avoid heading to a fifth set. "We both played great tennis - of course he served really well". "I'll try to carry on this confidence to the next round". He's hoping to go a round further this time.

Russian No.15 seed Daniil Medvedev - who lost the Brisbane International final to Nishikori earlier this month - thumped South African qualifier Lloyd Harris 6-1 6-2 6-1.

"I have to say he had it today".

Meanwhile, fourth seed Alexander Zverev beat Slovenia's former British representative Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-1 6-4 to progress. But Wawrinka, a three-time major champion once ranked as high as No. 3, dropped out of the top 250 last season when he had surgery on his left knee.

Nishikori won the contest against Majchrzak 3-6, 6-7 (6), 6-0, 6-2, 3-0.

Hsieh Su-wei advanced 6-3, 6-4 over Laura Siegemund, who had beaten two-time champion Victoria Azarenka in the first round.

This tournament marks Williams' 19th main draw appearance at the Australian Open to lead active players, and an open-era record 81st overall Grand Slam. Serena V EugenieThey were all in action ahead of 23-time major victor Williams who plays Eugenie Bouchard later, while six-time champion Novak Djokovic turns back the clock in a night match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Rod Laver Arena.

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