The 3rd day of the Australian Open is complete, and 16 men have already clinched spots into the 3rd round of this year’s tournament. However, no one had an easy match yesterday, as the players had to battle both their opponent, and the extreme heat that Melbourne is known for. Temperatures yesterday soared over 105 degrees, which is dangerously hot for the players. They pulled out the ice bags, towels, umbrellas, and hats to try and stay cool and hydrated.
Match of the Day
Alexandr Dolgopolov vs. Jeremy Chardy
Jeremy Chardy outlasted Alexandr Dolgopolov in a long 4 set match 7-5 7-6 6-7 7-6 that lasted just under 4 hours. Chardy got a late break to win the first 7-5, then won a tiebreak in the second 7-6. However, Dolgopolov did not quit, and fought back to take the 3rd set in a tiebreak. However, Chardy’s 32 forehand winners proved too much for Dolgopolov, as Chardy won the match in a 4th set tiebreak. Now, Chardy will face 3 seed David Ferrer in round 3.
Top Players Cruise
Despite the heat, Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych cruised to quick victories, with Djokovic handling Leonardo Mayer 6-0 6-4 6-4, and Berdych defeating Frenchman Kenny de Schepper 6-4 6-1 6-3. David Ferrer took a few sets to get acclimated to the heat and find his game, beating Adrian Mannarino 7-6 6-7 6-0 6-3. After getting a retirement from his opponent in round 1, Stan Wawrinka defeated Alejandro Falla in 4 tight sets.
In a highly anticipated 2nd round match, Sam Querrey, one of just 3 Americans remaining, clinched a 3rd round match with Fabio Fognini, by upsetting 23 seed Ernests Gulbis in straight sets. 14 seed Mikhail Youzhny, who I picked to make a run to the Quarterfinals, lost in a 3 hour, 5 set match to Florian Mayer 4-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 3-6. Also, Denis Istomin outlasted 30 seed Dmitry Tursunov in 4 sets.
Today, the temperatures will be just at hot, if not hotter, for the final day of the second round of the tournament. Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Rafa Nadal all take the court today.