Rafael Nadal storms past Damir Dzumhur to reach Australian Open second week

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates beatign Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur in their men's singles third round match on day five of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne


Yesterday, Nadal continued his quest for the 17th Grand Slam title by clinching a hard-fought straight sets victory over Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the tournament at the Melbourne Park.

Ostapenko dropped her serve twice before winning a see-saw opening set 6-3.

Sealing her victory was not so simple, though, as Wozniacki's final service game lasted over 12 minutes - the Dane's temper flaring once again as her frustrations grew towards the umpire, the pair exchanging words again over a disputed line call. "We're going to hear a lot more about her". Women's No. 19 seed Magdalena Rybarikova made it through Kateryna Bondarenko in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Vandeweghe said after the match that she was irritated by what she described as excessive celebrating by her Hungarian opponent during their match.

I thought to myself, 'You know what, at this point, make her win it, don't give it to her.' When I managed to win it to 5-2, I said, 'Okay, I'm still alive.

Andreas Seppi overcame Ivo Karlovic and the Croatian's 52 aces to advance to the fourth round with a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win that spanned 3 hours, 51 minutes. "That's all. I think it's a health issue, even if I like sometimes (to play in the heat)".

In her previous match, Kostyuk had become the youngest Australian Open second-round victor since Martina Hingis in 1996. "When it's too much, becomes unsafe for the health".

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Organisers only activate the extreme heat policy when the temperature exceeds 40 Celsius and the wet bulb globe temperature index hits 32.5 Celsius.

"I needed hours on court, hours of practice, hours of playing sets with different players", Nadal said of his build-up to the year's first grand slam.

Kostyuk, who had nine double faults Friday, including on match point, received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls' victory a year ago at the Australian Open.

The actor briefly met Tsonga before the players walked onto the court.

Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 and opened with a win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai, becoming youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996. The Swiss - who ended last season on a high after back and wrist injuries - was stunned by Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum 6-1 6-3.

"That was really ugly", Martic said of the heat.

Wozniacki won the next nine points, and 24 of the 31 points played from when she first faced match point. "You need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there".

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