World number one Rafael Nadal and 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer eased into the third-round of the Australian Open with straight set victories.
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray came back from 5-1 down in the decider against Frenchman Vincent Millot in Day Four’s final match.
Fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro was eliminated by Bautista Agut in five sets 4-6 6-3 5-7 6-4 7-5.
Andy Murray Eases Past Frenchman Vincent Millot On Day Four of the Australian Open. © Ben Solomon for Tennis Australia.
Frenchman Benoit Paire sealed a 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 win over Greece-Australian, Nicholas Kyrgios, in a match lasting over 3 hrs.
Second-seed Victoria Azarenka saw off Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic to advance into the third round.
Soon to be Mrs. McLlroy, Caroline Wozniacki (10), beat Stephanie McHale 6-0, 1-6, 6-2.
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Rafael Nadal (1) beat Kokkinakis (570) 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Spaniard Rafael Nadal overcame the stern challenge of Australian teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis to reach round three on Day Three of the first Grand Slam of 2014.
Kokkinakis, who is the lowest-ranked player in the tournament, was, aside from being broken early in each set impressive against the 12-time Grand Slam champion.
Nadal saved three break points in the second set before finishing off the contest. He next meets Frenchman Gael Monfils (25), who beat jack Sock of America 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-2.
Azarenka (2) beat Z-Strycova 6-1, 6-4
Belarusian Azarenka, who has won the women’s singles tournament in the last two years, came through a tough challenge in the deciding set to see off Zahlavova Strycova into round three.
After and easy first set win, Azarenka raced into a 3-1 lead in the second but was broken twice as her Czech opponent leveled at 4-4.
The defending champion then broke again and then served out the match.
“The second set was really competitive,” Azarenka said. “She was defending so well but I feel I was playing pretty good and I’m glad I c ould close it out in two sets.”
Federer (6) beat Kavcic 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
2010 champion Federer came up against a rather tough challenge against Slovakian Blaz Kavcic in the third set of their second round match, after racing through the first two sets.
The Swiss was pegged back at 3-0 in a third-set tie-break but had to battle back to seal victory.
Federer will play Spain’s Fernando Verdasco or Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia.
Murray beats Millot 6-2, 6-2, 7-5
Scotsman Murray overcame 267th ranked Millot in three straight sets to reach round three.
On another day of extreme temperature, Murray had the benefit of starting his match late in the night (22:00 local time) with the temperature at 28C, although an earlier rain shower increased the humidity and conditions remained testing.
Murray admitted before the match he knew little about the left-handed qualifier, who had his first Grand Slam win in round one.
The Briton raced into a comfortable two-set lead before Millot, determined to leave his mark, held serve and a spell of flashing winners earned the 5ft 8in tall French player two breaks and a 5-1 lead in the third set.
Poised not to entertain a prolonged encounter, Murray reeled off an amazing 23 unanswered points and six games to secure the win.
“I wanted to win the match. I’m glad I finished it there, because it was very, very hard conditions. Even in the evening it was so humid.”
“I needed to raise my intensity a little bit. I didn’t really respond as quick as I would have liked to him playing that well.
“And then once I got that break back and then the crowd started to get into it, then I raised my intensity a bit. I focused more. Obviously managed to turn it around at that point.”
“I didn’t really care about winning 23 points in a row,” Murray said, admitting that he’d had no idea until someone shouted out that he was on 19.
“I wanted to win the match. I’m glad I finished it there, because very, very hard conditions.”
Up next for the fourth seed is a game against 26th seed Feliciano Lopez of Spain on Saturday.
“I am through to the third round and I haven’t lost a set yet,” Murray added.
“I don’t know what else could have been expected of me. I wasn’t expecting to play perfect tennis and play great straight away,” he added.