MELBOURNE – TILL THURSDAY
Andy Murray is looking to bolster his first-round victory over Matteo Berrettini by winning again and earning a ticket to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time since 2017. Murray, 35, is a three-time Grand Slam winner. champion and five-time Melbourne Park runner-up. He played Berrettini for over 4.5 hours in the first round. Novak Djokovic also competes in the second round, going on to claim a record 10th Australian Open title and 22nd Grand Slam trophy overall. This will equalize the men’s record currently held by Rafael Nadal, who lost in the second round on Wednesday due to a hip injury. In the most intriguing women’s match on Thursday’s schedule, WTA Finals champion and No. 4 seed Caroline Garcia will take on US Open 2021 finalist Layla Fernandez.
FORECAST FOR THURSDAY
Cloudy. High 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius).
MAIN RESULTS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Women, second round: No. 1 Iga Swiatek defeated Camila Osorio with a score of 6:2, 6:3; #3 Jessica Pegula beat Alexandra Sasnovich 6-2, 7-6 (5); #6 Maria Sakkari beat Diana Schneider 3-6, 7-5, 6-3; Angelina Kalinina beat No. 15 Petra Kvitova 7:5, 6:4.
Men’s Second Round: Mackenzie McDonald beat #1 Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–4, 7–5; #6 Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Alex Molkan 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; No. 15 Yannick Sinner beat Thomas Martin Etcheverry 6-3, 6-2, 6-2; #16 Frances Tiafoe beat Shang Juncheng 6:4, 6:4, 6:1.
STATISTICS OF THE DAY
2 is the number of times Nadal has lost at the Australian Open to the quarter-finals since 2005 – coming out in the first round in 2016 and losing in the second round on Wednesday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s okay. It’s allowed. It’s allowed. I’m not going to get a fine or anything.” – Maria Sakkari defending her coach’s orders during her match, first allowed this year at the Australian Open.
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