Australian Open Day 3 Summary: Dimitrov Out, Federer, Djokovic Advance
The day of the Australian Open saw a few notable upsets, primarily in the men’s half. As the competition is beginning to pick up, we are starting to see a new dynamic emerging.
First and foremost, Bulgarian No. 1 Grigor Dimitrov fell to the 22-year-old American Tommy Paul in five demanding sets. Dimitrov – a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, has been on the prowl to reinvent himself after a couple of disappointing seasons on the tour. His efforts, however, were cut short by Paul, who defeated the No. 18 seed with 6-4, 7-6(8), 3-7, 6-7(3), 7-6(10). The match lasted for well over two hours and saw the American record his career-best result in a Grand Slam.
Continuing the same trend, Tennys Sandgren – Paul’s compatriot, knocked out the 8th seed Matteo Berrettini in five sets. Meanwhile, Roger Federer recorded his 99th win in Melbourne – a remarkable feat by any means. Awaiting him is the local favourite John Millman in the third round. Other top-seeds like Novak Djokovic and Roberto Bautista Agut also sailed comfortably into the third round.
We can also expect to see a few mouth-watering matches, most notably between Stefanos Tsitsipas and the former Canadian top 10 player Milos Raonic. It is going to be classic battle of experience vs. fresh blood, and given Tsitsipas’ form at the moment, we can expect the young Greek to put up a good fight.
In the women’s half, things went pretty much according to the script for the top seeds. Ashleigh Barty reached the third round and has now set up the clash with Elena Rybakina. In a rather surprising turn of events, Petra Martic fell to the veteran German Julia Goerges, becoming one of the first fatalities in the top seeds.
Petra Kvitova and Naomi Osaka faced little resistance in their second-round fixture. They respectively defeated Paula Badosa and Saisai Zheng to reach the next round. As for Caroline Wozniacki, who is playing in the last tournament of her career, she moved past Dayana Yastremska 7-5, 7-5 to book the third-round clash with Ons Jabeur.
Serena Williams too enjoyed an easy run as she moved past Tamara Zidansek with a commanding 6-2, 6-3 victory. Other seeded players like Maria Sakkari and Sofia Kenin also prevailed to reach round three of the Happy Slam.
The third round action will commence on Friday and will see a lot of high-quality matches. We’ve updated the latest odds, betting tips, and predictions for the Australian Open right here for you to follow.