Flawless Federer, Djokovic in control

Edmund was just one of the players affected by the heat in Melbourne as temperatures rose to almost 40C at the Australian Open.

Still, he added: "It's a huge deal for me, and something that if I don't ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one".

Gasquet beat Italy's Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to book his place in the next round.

With the temperatures heating up, he was pushed to four sets by Ricardas Berankis before prevailing 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) in a tough workout he said was "proud" to come through.

"The elbow is not at 100 per cent but it's building". "I don't drink any fluids except for I drink a lot of clam chowder". Novak Djokovic will be playing his first tournament after remaining out of action for the last 6 months because of a knee injury.

The Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza fell out of the tournament after being beaten, 7-6 (1), 6-4, by Hsieh Su-wei. But she made a meal of it against local hope Destanee Aiava.

She broke through to win the Tianjin Open in October - her first title since 2015 - and enjoyed a run to the semifinal in Shenzhen to start the year. But not this time.

There was plenty of support for 47th ranked five-times grand slam champion Sharapova with regular shouts of "C'mon Masha, we've missed you" around the Margaret Court Arena. If you look at the revenue, the sharing process, it's not quite where it's supposed to be, but you can't go from here to right there in a day. "I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory", she said.

Being unseeded means she has her work cut out to reach another final.

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Former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber beat Croatian Donna Vekic 6-4 6-1 to celebrate her 30th birthday with a third round berth at Melbourne Park.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta also struggled in a straight-set loss to lucky loser Bernarda Pera, an American who is ranked 123rd and making her Grand Slam debut. We can get together in locker rooms, have a quick huddle-up meeting all together.

"She never really lets up", Sharapova said.

Tennis - Australian Open - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2018.

Sixth seed Czech Karolina Pliskova needed just 44 minutes to see off Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil 6-1 6-1.

Fifth seed Dominic Thiem rallied from two sets down for only the second time in his career to beat American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6) 3-6 6-3 6-2 6-3 in the second round.

Roger Federer is looking good to defend his Australian Open crown.

The third seed has suffered with a thigh injury and cramps this month and took a medical timeout for blisters, but said that was not the reason for her surprise exit. In contrast, Struff has failed to get further than the second round ever, at any Grand Slam. Also, it should be a good match to watch for tennis lovers given both their playing styles are easy on the eye, and that both have the ever-so-rare single-handed backhand.

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