Stan Wawrinka: still a ways to go with his return to tennis

  • Stan Wawrinka: still a ways to go with his return to tennis

Stan Wawrinka: still a ways to go with his return to tennis

With temperatures down a few degrees from the torrid 40 degrees earlier in the day, Halep helped gain some revenge from the last - and only - time the pair met in a grand slam tournament.

Monfils needed to be checked by a tournament doctor on Rod Laver Arena in the second set when the torrid conditions left him appearing woozy at times.

The three-time Grand Slam victor downed Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) on Hisense Arena.

Number five Dominic Thiem rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and 21st-seed Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek.

"When you won three Grand Slams, you don't feel great on the court like today", he said. "Really tough conditions - brutal". Djokovic will be taking on Albert Ramos-Vinolas, while Sandgren has unranked Maximillian Marterer. Karolina Pliskova looked utterly dominant in a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Britain's ninth-seeded Johanna Konta and Spanish third seed Garbine Muguruza suffered shock defeats to American Bernarda Pera and Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei respectively.

Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. No. 9 Johanna Konta was bounced by USA player Bernarda Pera in another upset. Her birthday gift? A blockbuster clash with 2008 victor Maria Sharapova in the next round. Also representing the United States, No. 17 Madison Keys crushed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-0, 6-1 as well, and she will advance to the round of 32 to represent the USA women. Juan Martin del Potro set up a fascinating tie with Tomas Berdych in round three, while Alexander Zverev remained on course for a fourth-round meeting with Novak Djokovic with a win over Peter Gojowczyk.

"Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016", said Kerber, who planned an ice bath before a relaxed dinner out in Melbourne to mark the occasion.

"I think I've done that". "The plan is to play a bit more if the knee is keeping (together) because I didn't play for six months", he said.