2017 Australian Open Day 3
It’s 2017 Australian Open day 3, and what started as a fairly routine day with little excitement ended with quite a bit of spice. Everyone’s favourite veteran, Roger Federer, came through his second round match without incident. He triumphed over Noah Rubin in straight sets, 7—5, 6—3, 7—6(7—3).
Nishikori also came through his second round match in straight sets, defeating Lukas Lacko 6—3, 6—4, 6—3. 2014 Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, defeated Steve Johnson 6—3, 6—4, 6—4. World number one, Andy Murray, avoided repeating the struggles of his opening match as he beat Andrey Rublev 6—3, 6—0, 6—2. Murray did have a slight scare when he rolled over on his ankle in the third, requiring the trainer’s attention. It seemed to be bothering him for the rest of the match, but it didn’t stop him going on to win the set and the game.
It was toward the end of the day that things go interesting, however.
Big serving American, John Isner, took on Mischa Zverev. The match took over four hours to reach a conclusion. Isner of course is no stranger to lengthy matches, having won the longest tennis match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships. This match wasn’t as long, and Isner didn’t win it.
The final score was 7—6(7—4), 7—6(7—4), 4—6, 6—7(7—9), 7—9.
Home Turf War
Nick Kyrgios took on Andreas Seppi in his second round match. It looked like plain sailing for the controversial Aussie as he went two sets to love up in front of his home crowd.
Then it all started to go wrong.
Seppi clawed back those two sets to even the match up and force a fifth set decider. The fifth set was a tense affair that made it to six all. There are no fifth set tiebreakers in the Australian Open, of course, as anyone seeing Ivo Karlovic’s record breaking opener will know.
A few breaks of serve and six games later, and Andreas Seppi broke the hearts of the home crowd when he took the final set. The final score of 6—1, 7—6(7—1), 4—6, 2—6, 8—10 accurately shows how fractious an affair this was.
Few would have picked 51st ranked Dan Evans to triumph over former US Open champion, Marin Cilic. Evans came into the Australian Open on the back of his maiden ATP final in Sydney, a result that pushed him to his current career high ranking. Cilic, the seventh seed, was a strong pick to make the second week of the tournament at the very least.
It started as planned with Cilic taking the first set, but Evans quickly levelled the match. More so, he went on to take the third set. The first game of the fourth set saw Cilic’s serve under a bit of pressure, but the Croatian came through unscathed. The second game, however, was a mammoth battle that saw Evans save eight break points to hold. This was followed by three breaks of serve in a row leaving Evans with the advantage, which he held onto this time.
The final score of 3—6, 7—5, 6—3, 6—3 will sting for the world number seven, but it’s a great scalp for Evans, who also beat world number eight Dominic Thiem in the aforementioned Sydney International.
2017 Australian Open Day 3…
…is done. The other half of the draw get to strut their stuff tomorrow, and we’ll be here to give you a round up of all the significant events of day 4.