MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY
Daniil Medvedev will take on No. 57-ranked Botic van de Zandschulp in the third round as he continues his bid to become the first man in the Open era to win a second Grand Slam singles title at the next major tournament. Medvedev has been the quasi No. 1 at Melbourne Park since defending champion Novak Djokovic was deported on the eve of the Australian Open for not meeting the country's strict COVID-19 vaccination requirements. The second-seeded Medvedev lost the 2021 Australian final but avenged that by beating Djokovic for the U.S. Open championship. He's coming off a tough second-round win over local favorite Nick Kyrgios but will be expecting to have more crowd support this time in an afternoon match on Rod Laver Arena. In other matches, fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas faces Benoit Paire and No. 5 Andrey Rublev will take on 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic, who was a runner-up in Australia in 2018. On the women's side, two-time major winner Simona Halep is against Danka Kovinic and Iga Swiatek takes on Daria Kasatkina.
Sunny, high of 33 Celsius (91 Fahrenheit).
Sunny, high of 30 C (86 F)
FRIDAY'S KEY RESULTS
Women's Third Round: No. 1 Ash Barty beat No. 30 Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-3; Amanda Anisimova beat No. 13 Naomi Osaka 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5); No. 4 Barbora Krejcikova beat No. 26 Jelena Ostapenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4; No. 5 Maria Sakkari beat No. 28 Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-1; No. 8 Paula Badosa beat Marta Kostyuk 6-2, 5-7, 6-4; No. 24 Victoria Azarenka beat No. 15 Elina Svitolina 6-0, 6-2; No. 21 Jessica Pegula beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz 7-6 (3), 6-2; Madison Keys beat Wang Qiang 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Men's Third Round: No. 6 Rafael Nadal beat No. 28 Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1; No. 3 Alexander Zverev beat Radu Albot 6-3, 6-4, 6-4; No. 7 Matteo Berrettini beat No. 31 Carlos Alcaraz 6-2, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (5); No. 14 Denis Shapovalov beat No. 23 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; No. 17 Gael Monfils beat No. 16 Cristian Garin 7-6 (4), 6-1, 6-3; No. 19 Pablo Carreno Busta beat Sebastian Korda 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3; Miomir Kecmanovic beat No. 25 Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-2, 7-5.
STAT OF THE DAY
8 -- Total number of games top-ranked Ash Barty has dropped in the first three rounds of the year's first Grand Slam tennis event.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"I fought for every point. I can't be sad about that. You know, like I'm not God. I can't win every match. So I just have to take that into account." -- Naomi Osaka after her Australian Open title defense ended in a third-round loss to 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova.