After a very strong start, Rafael Nadal returns to action Wednesday at the Australian Open. The World No. 1 will take on Argentine Leonardo Mayer who took a set off Nadal at the US Open last year.
Nadal’s 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 opening round win over Victor Estrella Burgos was his most dominant win at the event. He is trying to reach the third round at the Australian Open for a 12th time.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will try to avenge a second round US Open loss to teen Denis Shapovalov. The Canadian shocked Tsonga in New York in their only meeting.
Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov, who could collide in the fourth round on Sunday, both play in the evening. Kyrgios meets Viktor Troicki while Dimitrov plays his second straight qualifier, former UCLA standout Mackenzie McDonald.
Marin Cilic, Pablo Carreno Busta and Andrey Rublev are also on court.
In the women’s draw, Elina Svitolina faces a tough test against Katerina Siniakova. Former No. 1 and Australian Open semifinalist Caroline Wozniacki meets Jana Fett and following her big win over Venus Williams, Belinda Bencic returns against Luksika Kumkhum.
Also, 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk continues her breakout run against Olivia Rogowska.
WEDNESDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
K. Siniakova v E. Svitolina (4)
J. Fett v C. Wozniacki (2)
R. Nadal (1) v L. Mayer
G. Dimitrov (3) v M. McDonald
D. Gavrilova (23) v E. Mertens
Margaret Court Arena
M. Kostyuk v O. Rogowska
D. Shapovalov v J. Tsonga (15)
J. Ostapenko (7) v Y. Duan
A. Cornet v J. Goerges (12)
A. Dolgopolov v M. Ebden
A. Pavlyuchenkova (15) v K. Bondarenko
B. Bencic v L. Kumkhum
J. Sousa v M. Cilic (6)
N. Kyrgios (17) v V. Troicki
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