Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Finding Federer at the Australian Open!

FedExpress steams on as Sharapova grinds to halt at Australian Open Kerber beats Sharapova in 3rd round; Halep in long-haul win
Rita Gibson | 20 January, 2018, 18:52

Angelique Kerber crushed Maria Sharapova in straight sets in a battle of former champions at the Australian Open on Saturday.

For Sharapova, who is looking to rediscover her best on her way back from a 15-month drugs ban, it is back to the drawing board. "It was a tough one in all aspects of the game, but in general, I'm really happy to get through a match like that, to fight the way I did today, to win the match like this". "I love it here", said the Russian, who returned from her drugs ban in April past year.

"There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players a few extra hours", he said.

"I really try to enjoy every single moment right now".

As for what transpired on the court, Djokovic returned from a six-month layoff and was his typical self in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Young.

A decade after winning his first Melbourne Park title Djokovic has slipped to 14 in the world, his lowest in 10 years, but he has survived the opening two rounds in his comeback Grand Slam. The five-time major victor will next play No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at the U.S. Open previous year in her return to a Grand Slam to tournament. "The third was up and down a little bit, but in general, it was a great performance", said the former six-time Australian Open champion. "Yeah, I think it was the hardest I have (experienced)", Monfils said after the match.

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Having wrapped up the first 6-1 with another break, Kerber took a 2-0 lead in the second, with Sharapova simply failing to come up with any answers.

At one stage she struggled to stand up while receiving medical assistance and she also lay down on the court at one point in obvious distress. To see that I can play a match with the stress, back being tight, without hesitation.

Djokovic, President of the ATP Tour Player Council, addressed players at a meeting in Melbourne last week about pushing for a bigger slice of the financial windfall generated at the sport's four biggest annual events.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova and eighth seed Caroline Garcia also progressed.

The Romanian top seed was nearly blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melbourne player in the opening stanza, forced to save two set points at 2-5 and come from 1-3 down to rescue the tie-break.

Federer is set to open the night program at Rod Laver in a match against Aljaz Bedene.

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