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  • Nick Kyrgios has beaten Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas to reach the third round of the Australian Open. (AAP)Source: AAP
By
Christophe Mallet, Dario Castaldo

21 Jan 2016 - 12:44 AM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2016 - 12:45 AM

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Light rain fell on Melbourne at the start of the Australian Open’s third day.

 

The rain delayed play on outside courts, but the so called ‘Happy Slam’s’ 3 roofed arenas meant the tournament kept main courts open for play.

 

Russian Maria Sharapova needed 71 minutes to record her 50th win Australian Open win, beating Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets.

 

Sasnovich looked in awe in front the 2008 Champion, which is a feeling Sharapova says she’s familiar with.

 

Serena Williams only needed one hour to progress to the third round, winning 6-1, 6-2 over Chinese Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh.

 

Agniezska Radwanska beat Eugenie Bouchard in 2 sets, while Aussie Daria Gavrilova upset two-times Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

 

A convincing 6-4 6-4 win over the world number 7 gives Gavrilova her first ever 3rd  round appearance in a Grand Slam.

 

In the men’s draw, - Roger Federer scored his 299th win in majors to progress to the third round of the Open for the 16th time in a row.

 

Federer next confronts a familiar face, Sydney International runner-up Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

 

Early in his career, Dimitrov was dubbed “baby Fed” because of his similar style of play to the Swiss Maestro.

 

 

World number one Novak Djokovic sailed past young Frenchman Quentin Halys. But his victory was overshadowed by allegation over the match fixing in regards to a 2007 clash between the Serb and Fabrice Santoro.


 

The five times Oz Open champion and will next face Andreas Seppi.  Last year, the Italian was able to beat Federer before losing in the 4th round to Nick Kyrgios.

 

The Canberra native fired 50 winners to dismiss Pablo Cuevas from Uruguay and to set a third round blockbuster against the world number 6 Tomas Berdych.

 

Frenchman Joe Wilfred-Tsonga ended Aussie teenager Omar Jasika’s first Grand Slam, winning 7-6, 6-1, 6-4.

 

 

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