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Australian Open 2020 Day Two Highlights: Nadal, Halep, Medvedev, Pliskova advance

Australian Open 2020 Highlights: Rafael Nadal eased Bolivia's Hugo Dellien in straight sets, as Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova had it all easy on Tuesday.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: January 21, 2020 8:52:58 pm
Australian Open Day Two Highlights: Rafael Nadal and Simon Halep will begin their campaign on Tuesday.

Australian Open 2020 Highlights: The second day of Australian Open didn’t have as much upsets as the first day as in men’s singles, all the heavyweights like Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev won their first round encounters. As for women’s singles, the likes of Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova eased through to the next round too.

MEN’S SINGLES:

Rafael Nadal beat Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.

Daniil Medvedev beat Frances Tiafoe 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Dominic Thiem beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 7-5, 6-2.

Nick Kyrgios beat Lorenzo Sonego 6-2, 7-6(3), 7-6(1).

Alexander Zverev beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 7-6, (4) 6-3.

WOMEN’S SINGLES:

Karolina Pliskova beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 7-5.

Simona Halep beat Jennifer Brady 7-6(5), 6-1.

Donna Vekic beat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-4.

Ons Jabeur beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2.

Belinda Bencic beat Anna Schmiedlova 6-3, 7-5.

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Highlights

    20:42 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Zverev pledges A$4m for bushfire fund if he wins Australian Open

    Alexander Zverev reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-3 victory over Marco Cecchinato on Tuesday and promptly pledged to donate his prize money to the bushfire appeal if he lands a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park.

    19:22 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Kyrgios eases into second round

    Nick Kyrgios, bad boy of the tennis court turned hero of the bushfire relief appeal, put on a vintage show for a packed Melbourne Arena on Tuesday with a 6-2 7-6(3) 7-6(1) victory over Lorenzo Sonego in the first round of the Australian Open.

    17:16 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Medvedev outlasts Tiafoe

    Fourth seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia held his nerve in a war of attrition against American Frances Tiafoe to register a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2 victory in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The U.S. Open finalist broke Tiafoe's serve three times to breeze through the opening set, but the American came roaring back to level the match in the second, displaying a never-say-die attitude in front of an appreciative Rod Laver Arena crowd.

    16:51 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Halep sees it through

    Simona Halep overcame a poor start and a fiery opponent at the Australian Open to prevail 7-6(5) 6-1 over big-hitting American Jennifer Brady in their first round encounter on Tuesday. The Romanian fourth seed was broken in the very first game of the match and later took a nasty tumble during a punishing rally at 5-5 in the first set.

    15:40 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Cici advances to round 2

    Cici Bellis has won a Grand Slam match for the first time in nearly three years after having a series of operations. The 20-year-old Californian, once ranked as high as 35th, moved into the second round of the Australian Open by beating Tatjana Maria of Germany 6-0, 6-2.

    14:55 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Nadal's thoughts after the match: Wednesday's practice session

    "If I am able to reach my highest level, that's the thing that I have to worry about. If I am able to play at my highest level, normally I am able to produce some good chances. If not, impossible. So, I don't care about 20 or 15 or 16 (Grand Slam titles). I just care about trying to keep going, keep enjoying my tennis career. It's not like 20 is the number that I need to reach. If I reach 20, fantastic. If I reach 21, better. If I reach 19, super happy about all the things that I did in my tennis career, no? I don't think in the future .... achieving 21 Grand Slams, for example, I'm going to be happier than if I (have) 19 in 10 years."

    13:00 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Bencic wins first round

    Bencic advanced to the second round at Melbourne Park on Tuesday with a 6-3 7-5 win over Slovakia's Anna Schmiedlova. Seeded sixth at the Australian Open, her highest at a Slam, Bencic is being seen as a Grand Slam contender again and the 22-year-old said the billing did give her confidence.

    11:45 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Nadal advances

    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal had no such issues in the following match at Rod Laver Arena, easily beating Hugo Dellien 6-2, 6-3, 6-0. "A positive start," Nadal said. "What you want in the first round is to win _ straight sets is better."

    11:05 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Thiem advances

    Dominic Thiem opened his Australian Open campaign with a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over France's Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday. Thiem sealed victory with his seventh ace after two hours and 21 minutes to set up a meeting with either Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas or Australian wildcard Alex Bolt.

    10:15 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Sharapova first-round exit

    Former No. 1-ranked Maria Sharapova's run of first-round exits at the majors continued with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to 19th-seeded Donna Vekic at the Australian Open. Sharapova, a five-time Grand Slam title winner, was given a wild card for the main draw at Melbourne Park after her year-end ranking slipped to 136 in 2019 after a season interrupted by injuries.

    08:32 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Prajnesh goes down

    Bad news for India as 'lucky loser' Prajnesh went down in the first round to Japanese Tatsuma Ito on Tuesday.  He did put up a great fight against Tatsuma Ito but the Japanese came out on top 6-4, 6-2, 7-5

    08:06 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Pliskova advances

    Second seed Karolina Pliskova romped through the first set before seeing off a determined Kristina Mladenovic in the second to earn a 6-1 7-5 victory on Rod Laver Arena to advance to the second round of Australian Open.

    08:05 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Johanna Konta goes down in 1st round

    British number one Johanna Konta tumbled out in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 defeat at the hands of Tunisia's world number 78 Ons Jabeur. The 12th seed, clearly not yet match fit on her return from a knee injury that cut short her 2019 season, went down in just over an hour on number one court in a match washed out on Monday by rain.

    08:02 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    Prajnesh to start today?

    Lone Indian tennis player qualified to play at the Australian Open, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, is expected to play his first-round match against Japanese Tatsuma Ito, on Tuesday after it got rescheduled due to rain on Day 1. 

    07:59 (IST)21 Jan 2020
    AUS Open Day 2 LIVE

    Action has resumed on Day 2 of the Australian Open so stay tuned for all the live updates and action from Melbourne. Rafa Nadal will begin his quest for a 20th Grand Slam title against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien at the Australian Open on Tuesday, while organisers are confident a rain-hit opening day will not hold up the tournament.

    Defending champion Novak Djokovic began his Australian Open title defence on Monday with a landmark 900th career victory on the Tour on an opening day where heavy rains suspended play on the outer courts. Djokovic beat Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1 to advance to the second round as the Serb looks to win a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park. Third seed Roger Federer also sailed into the second round with a straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over American Steve Johnson but Canadian 13th seed Denis Shapovalov was shocked 6-3 6-7(7) 6-1 7-6(3) by Hungarian Marton Fucsovics. Serena Williams, looking to win a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title, advanced after trouncing Anastasia Potapova 6-0 6-3 while defending champion Naomi Osaka was untroubled by Marie Bouzkova in her 6-2 6-4 victory. World number one Ash Barty dropped a set but fought back to beat Lesia Tsurenko 5-7 6-1 6-1, keeping alive Australia's hopes of having a first women's champion since 1978.