Nadal into third spherical; Wozniacki saves 2 MPs to advance

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day four

HIGHLIGHTS-Tennis-Australian Open day four

Local hope Nick Kyrgios has been elevated to the Rod Laver Arena for his meeting with childhood hero Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open on Friday, when Melbourne Park is again expected to swelter.

Two-time Australian Open semi-finalist Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set and a break down to beat Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 2-6 7-5 6-3 to reach the third round.

In another match, third seed Grigor Dimitrov survived a tricky test in fierce heat against feisty young Russian Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round.

The former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki will next play No. 30 Kiki Bertens, who beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 (3), 6-0.

"It was just not a good day for me serving-wise".

Nadal, a losing finalist to Roger Federer a year ago in Melbourne, needed just one hour and 50 minutes to dispatch his opponent, conceding only 18 unforced errors and dropping his service just once. "Let's see how far I can go".

Discussing his triumph over Tsonga, Kyrgios said: "To get a win against him is a dream come true".

"That was insane", Wozniacki said after winning the last six games in a memorable 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory.

He said, "I don't know, no?"

Australian Open: women's singles action heading into the second weekend
Davis had one previous experience, losing 8-6 in the third set to fellow American Louisa Chirico at the French Open in 2016. Both players missed break point opportunities later on, ensuring that the sole break was crucial for Halep.

Tsonga rallied from 5-2 in the fifth to overcome Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a 3-hour, 37-minute match that contained one of his nonchalant between-the-legs shots on an important point.

Sharan and American Ram faced stiff resistance from Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers before winning 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 in the second round.

'He's a player that last year had an fantastic year, and this year start again playing so well.

15-year-old Marta Kostyuk lost to Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-2, ending her run, but she didn't seem shaken by the loss.

"Playing this court is always a big motivation for me", said Nadal.

It sets her up with a clash against 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova.

Dzumhur struggled early on, losing five games on the bounce and only marginally recovering in a one-sided opening set Down Under.

Sixth seed Marin Cilic dispatched Ryan Harrison in straight sets and will meet Pablo Carreno Busta next, while there were also wins for Kyle Edmund and Andreas Seppi as the last 16 started to take shape.

The victor of that clash plays either sixth seed Main Cilic or 10th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta.

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