MELBOURNE : U.S. Open champion Daniil Medvedev will face the mercurial Nick Kyrgios in a difficult second-round conflict on the Australian Open on Thursday because the Russian appears to benefit from world primary Novak Djokovic’s absence and gather a second main title.
Medvedev secured a routine win in opposition to Henri Laaksonen in his opener however would anticipate a harder examination in opposition to Aussie Kyrgios, who dazzled the John Cain Arena with some outrageous shot-making within the straight-sets victory over Liam Broady.
“I mean, obviously either way it’s going to be a hell of an experience for me. You know, he’s probably the best player in the world at the moment. So I’m pretty excited… that’s why I play the game,” mentioned Kyrgios, who has gained each their earlier conferences.
Emma Raducanu, who gained her maiden Grand Slam at Flushing Meadows final yr, shall be hoping to construct on her spectacular win over Sloane Stephens when she takes on the unseeded Danka Kovinic, whereas fellow Briton Andy Murray will battle it out in opposition to Taro Daniel.
Two extra former main winners are in motion on Thursday, with third seed Garbine Muguruza drawn in opposition to Alize Cornet and Iga Swiatek going through Rebecca Peterson, whereas world quantity two Aryna Sabalenka will look to higher a wobbly first-round efficiency when she meets Wang Xinyu.
Margaret Court Arena will play host to 2 of probably the most promising children within the males’s recreation, as fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his quest for a primary main title in opposition to Sebastian Baez and eleventh seed Jannik Sinner faces Steve Johnson.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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