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It was the day of former champions at Melbourne Park on day three of the Australian Open, with Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka all taking centre-stage.
But, as it so often is, it was Australia’s Nick Kyrgios who stole the headlines, but not for the reasons the local fans hoped for.
From two sets down, his opponent Andreas Seppi saved a match point and won 10-5 in the final set to advance through to the third round (1-6 6-7 6-4 6-2 10-8).
Kyrgios was cruising to a straight-sets victory against the Italian, but appeared to lose his concentration and had a lack of will towards the end of the third set.
The world number 13, who was booed off by the Australian fans, says he’s disappointed in himself.
Luckily for Australian fans however, Ash Barty had earlier defeated Shelby Rogers in straight sets (7-5 6-1).
Barty is ranked 223 in the world, and her American opponent 171 spots ahead of her.
Barty says she couldn’t have been happier with her performance.
Meanwhile, 17-time grand slam winner Roger Federer was made to work for his straight sets (7-5 6-3 7-6) victory against American Noah Rubin.
Federer, chasing a fifth Australian Open title, says he needs to lift his game in the next round.
World number one Andy Murray dominated Russia’s Andrey Rublev, in a three sets (6-3 6-0 6-2) victory over the 19-year-old.
Japan’s Kei Nishikori also earned his place in the third round for the seventh year in a row, defeating France’s Jeremy Chardy in straight sets (6-3 6-4 6-4).
Nishikori says he’s aim is to become the first Japanese player to win a grand slam, but the likes of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are impediments to that goal.
And Stan Wawrinka had an impressive performance against the USA’s Steve Johnson, beating him in three sets (6-3 6-4 6-4).
Wawrinka served 11 aces and erased all five break points against him.
In the day’s other Australian matches, Bernard Tomic defeated Dominican Republic’s Victor Estrella Burgos in straight sets (7-5 7-6 4-6 7-6)
17-year-old Australian wildcard Alex De Minaur fought hard in the first set against the US’s Sam Querrey, but lost in straight sets (7-6 6-0 6-1).
His female teenage counterpart, Jaimee Fourlis, also lost in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-2 6-1).
It was good news for Australia’s men’s doubles duo in Matt Barton and Matt Ebden, who defeated their Canadian-Czech Republic opponents in a clinical two-set victory (6-2 6-4).
Ebden says he’s hopeful they can go deep into the tournament.
In the women’s singles, world number one Angelique Kerber survived a scare to her Australian Open title defence, prevailing over German Carina Witthoeft in three sets (6-2 6-76-2)
Kerber, celebrating her 29th birthday, says the weather conditions contributed to her moments of struggle.
Venus Williams also triumphed early, defeating Swizterland’s Stefanie Voegele in straight sets (6-3 6-2).
On the fourth day of the Australian Open, defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will play Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin, Rafael Nadal will face Cyprus’s Marcos Baghdatis and Milos Raonic will take on Luxemburg’s Gilles Muller.
22-year-old Australian Jordan Thompson will face Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
In the women’s contests, Serena Williams will face Czech Republic’s Lucie Safarova and Australian Daria Gavrilova will come up against Croatia’s Ana Konjuh.