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18 Jan 2017 - 12:19 AM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2017 - 10:38 AM

The mercury soared to 37 degrees on day two of the Australian Open, as around 62,000 fans headed to Melbourne Park.

And for the second consecutive day, it was a young Australian who stole the headlines at the Grand Slam tournament.

22-year-old Jordan Thompson defeated Portugal's Joao Sousa (6-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-1), coming back from two sets down to claim the victory. Thompson says the win was the best of his career.

Daria Gavrilova also added to the good news for the Aussies, defeating Briton Naomi Broady in three sets (3-6 6-5 7-5).

With Gavrilova’s win, five Australian men and three women have won through to the second round of the tournament.

This overshadowed the disappointing performance by Sam Stosur, who was defeated by Great Britain’s Heather Watson (6-3 3-6 6-0).

Day two also had former world number one Rafael Nadal back on centre-court, who breezed passed Germany’s Florian Mayer in straight sets (6-3 6-4 6-4).

The 30-year-old Spaniard has suffered a few injuries recently, but says he’s not dwelling on the past.

Number two seed Serena Williams defeated Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in straight sets (6-4 6-3). In the second set, Williams won the first five games but lost the next three, which she put down to a lack of concentration.

And defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic began his bid to win the grand slam back-to-back.

The world number two faced Spain’s Fernando Verdasco who proved little threat for the Serbian champion.

Djokovic says Verdasco was a tough opponent; one he needed to start off the tournament in the desired way.

Meanwhile, rising star Alexander Zverev won his first match at Melbourne Park in five grueling sets against Dutchman Robin Haase (6-2 3-6 5-7 6-3 6-2). Zverev says he had to regroup his thoughts after going down two sets to one early on.

And Canada’s Milos Raonic had a comfortable straight-sets victory (6-3 6-4 6-2) over Germany’s Dustin Brown.

But most of the drama was over on court 19, where an epic five-setter between Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos went for a record five hours and 15 minutes.

The final marathon set finished with the Croat’s victory 22 games to 20.

On day three (Wed) of the Australian Open, Roger Federer will take centre-stage on Rod Laver Arena against American Noah Rubin, while world number one Andy Murray will feature in the night session against Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

Australian Bernard Tomic will face Dominic Republic’s Victor Estella Burgos, Nick Kyrgios will take on Italy’s Andreas Seppi and wildcard teenager Alex De Minaur will face American Sam Querrey.

In the women’s contests, Venus Williams will open the day against Swiss Stefanie Voegele, world number one Angelique Kerber will take on Germany’s Carina Witthoet and Australian Jaimee Fourlis will face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.