01/21 01:51 CST Federer, Serena Williams highlight Day 3 at Australian Open
Federer, Serena Williams highlight Day 3 at Australian Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) --- A quick look at the Australian Open:
LOOKAHEAD TO WEDNESDAY
Roger Federer plays his second-round match at Melbourne Park and, according to
his line of thinking, the first few matches he plays in a Grand Slam tournament
are as important as the ones at the pointy end.
"I think for me really the first three rounds are key to get going, to get used
to the pressure," Federer said after his first-round win over Steve Johnson.
"Just to stay calm, when to save break-point or 30-all points, or just to stay
calm if you're down a set and a break or whatever it might be."
The 20-time Grand Slam singles champion will play Filip Krajinovic, who will
have little rest ahead of the match. He won a tough five-setter that finished
late Tuesday afternoon in a match postponed from Monday.
Federer's potentially major hurdle on his half of the draw, defending and
seven-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, plays Japanese wild-card
entry Tatsuma Ito.
Serena Williams takes another step to what she hopes will be her record 24th
Grand Slam singles title when she plays Tamara Zidansek. No. 1-ranked Ash Barty
will play Polona Hercog as she continues her quest for a second major.
The 48th-ranked Hercog played her first-round match Tuesday after rain washed
out her match on Day 1.
Barty said after he first-round win that the pressure of playing at home isn't
as great as trying to stay calm.
"Slams always feel like there's a lot of chaos going because there's so many
people," the French Open champion said. "It's just chaos. When you're able to
separate that ... you feel a little bit more comfortable."
Defending champion and third-seeded Naomi Osaka plays Zheng Saisai.
Possible late shower. High of 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit)
Sunny and high of 22 C (71 F)
TUESDAY'S KEY RESULTS
Men's first round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0; No. 5
Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5, 6-2; No. 9 Roberto Bautista Agut
beat Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-2, 7-5; No. 12 Fabio Fognini beat Reilly Opelka
3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5); No. 15 Stan Wawrinka beat Damir Dzumhur 7-5,
6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4; No. 16 Karen Khachanov beat Mario Vilella 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4),
6-3; No. 32 Milos Raonic beat Lorenzo Giustino 6-2, 6-1, 6-3; Jannik Sinner
beat Max Purcell 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4.
Women's first round: No. 2 Karolina Pliskova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5;
No. 19 Donna Vekic beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4; No. 6 Belinda Bencic beat
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova 6-3, 7-5; No. 10 Madison Keys beat Daria Kasatkina
6-3, 6-1; Ons Jabeur beat No. 12 Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2; No. 18 Alison Riske
beat Wang Yafan 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3.
STAT OF THE DAY: 366 --- new projected WTA ranking for five-time Grand Slam
singles champion and former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova after her first-round
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think I'm not the only one --- I can speak about my
struggles and the things that I've gone through with my shoulder, but it's not
really in my character to:" Sharapova on her rankings slide after injuries and
lack of match play.
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