Aus Open Roundup: Nadal, Barty and Osaka reach Australian Open third round with easy wins Nadal, Barty and Osaka reach Australian Open third round with easy wins

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  • Rafael Nadal reaches third round of Australian Open tennis tournament with easy win
  • Nadal beat German qualifier Yannick Hoffmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4
  • Ash Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka continue their stellar performances to reach the third round

Rafael Nadal, who is in search of his record 21st Grand Slam title, has entered the third round of the Australian Open tennis tournament with a comfortable victory. In the men’s section, sixth seed Nadal defeated German qualifier Yannick Hoffmann 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. In the women’s section, world number one Ash Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka continued their stellar performances to enter the third round.

Nadal won the match, which lasted two hours and 42 minutes, due to Huffman’s forehand hitting outside. Nadal got 16 break point chances, of which he scored four. There were also break point opportunities against him twice which he saved. The thirty-five-year-old Nadal and Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic hold the record of 20 titles in men’s singles. Federer is missing from the Australian Open due to injury while Djokovic has been relegated. Serbia’s Miomir Kesmanovich also advanced to the third round with a 7-6 (7), 7-5, 7-6 (8) victory over Tommy Paul of America. Kesmanovic was to face compatriot Djokovic in the first round as per the opening schedule. Other matches in the second round included 23rd seed Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) over Dominic Koefer, 19th seed Pablo Carreo Busta defeated Talon Grixpour 6-3, 6-7 (6). ), 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4 and No. 31 Carlos Alcaraz defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-2, 6-1, 7-5. Canada’s 14th seed Denis Shapovalov needed five to register a 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 win over South Korea’s Sun Woo Kwan. Had to fight till the set. The match lasted for four hours and 25 minutes.

In the women’s section, Barty easily defeated Lucia Bronzetti, ranked 142 in the world, 6-1, 6-1 at the Rod Laver Arena. She managed to reach the third round of this tournament for the sixth year in a row. Barty hasn’t lost his serve in the last 48 games. Barty, who lost only one game in the first round, will next face another Italian and 30th seed Camila Giorgi, who beat Czech Republic’s Tereja Martinkova 6-2, 7-6. Former number one Osaka, on the other hand, defeated Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the third round, where she will face 20-year-old American Amanda Anisimova, who defeated Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic 6-2 7- defeated by 5. Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last year but then decided to pull out of the French Open and Wimbledon to take a break for mental health. She had an early exit at the US Open.

Meanwhile, eighth seed Paula Badosa also advanced to the third round with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Italian qualifier Martina Trevisan. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka also went on to beat Jill Tichman 6-1, 6-2. Madison Keys of America defeated Jacqueline Christine of Romania 6-2, 7-6. Ukraine’s 15th seed Elina Svitolina also advanced to the third round after her opponent lost in the third set. Svitolina was leading 6-3, 5-7, 5-1 when France’s Harmonie Tan decided to withdraw. 21st seeded Jessica Pegula of the US and Marta Kostuek of Ukraine also managed to advance.

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