2017 Australian Open Day 2
It’s the 2017 Australian Open day 2, and it seems as though Tuesday’s top seeds are not having any of the drama of day 1. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic were both in sublime form, Dominic Thiem had a bit of a fright, and Ivo Karlovic broke a record. If you want the raw results, follow this link to official Australian Open results page.
Both Rafa and Nole were in action today, and neither were really troubled by their opponent. This proved disappointing to many in the case of Djokovic. Though I’m sure most would prefer Djokovic remain in the tournament, a good number were hoping for a repeat of the Qatar Open semi final. In that match, as in this match, Djokovic faced off against Fernando Verdasco. The pair fought out an epic battle in which Verdasco had (and lost) five match points. Today, however, there was little drama beyond a second set tie breaker.
Nadal had even less of a struggle in his match, beating Florian Mayer comprehensively 6—3, 6—4, 6—4. Even more comprehensive, however, was sixth seed Gael Monfils’ win over Jiri Vesely. The Frenchman disposed of his opponent in just over an hour and a half, 6—2, 6—3, 6—2. The 92 minutes that Monfils took was bested by 21st seed, David Ferrer. The Spaniard needed just 85 minutes to get by Omar Jasika.
28th seed Feliciano Lopez was ousted by Fabio Fognini in straight sets. The most painful loss of the evening undoubtedly goes to Tommy Haas, however. The German veteran has barely played in recent years due to injury, and had announced that this would be his final Australian Open before a ball was struck. Few expected him to best his opponent, 47th ranked Benoit Paire, however Haas would almost certainly have preferred not to have had to retire at two sets to love down.
Big serving Ivo Karlovic, 20th seed in the draw, took five sets to triumph over Horacio Zeballos. It was a marathon for sure, and it was the final set that really made it so. The score was 6—7 (6—8), 3—6, 7—5, 6—2, 22—20.
That’s right. 22—20.
Karlovic came back from two sets down to take the deciding set after five hours and fourteen minutes of play. But the time isn’t where the record was broken. It was in the 75 aces that Karlovic struck that a new record was set!
Karlovic now has two days to recover before his next match. As for everyone else, it’s on to day three!