It’s another blockbuster day at the Australian Open Thursday with the main attraction seeing Novak Djokovic continue his return against Gael Monfils in the heat of the day on Laver in the afternoon.
Djokovic has won all 14 matches against the Frenchman who is also coming back from injury.
Juan Martin del Potro battles fellow giant Karen Khachanov. The two just met last week in Auckland with the Argentine prevailing.
Under the cooler lights, Roger Federer takes on Jan-Lennard Struff. The German just snapped an 11-match Grand Slam losing streak.
Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Dominic Thiem and Sam Querrey are also in action.
In the women’s draw, former champion Maria Sharapova takes on Anastasija Sevastova in a rematch of their US Open encounter won by the Latvian.
We’ll see how well Simona Halep’s left ankle has recovered after a nasty twist in her opener. Halep will take on former Top 10 Eugenie Bouchard.
Angelique Kerber tries to up her recent win streak against Croatian Donna Vekic. Garbine Muguruza, Ash Barty and Madison Keys are all on court on a packed schedule.
THURSDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
M. Sharapova v A. Sevastova
G. Muguruza (3) v S. Hsieh
N. Djokovic (14) v G. Monfils
A. Barty (18) v C. Giorgi
J. Struff v R. Federer (2)
Margaret Court Arena
D. Thiem (5) v D. Kudla
A. Kerber (21) v D. Vekic
E. Alexandrova v M. Keys (17)
S. Halep (1) v E. Bouchard
T. Sandgren v S. Wawrinka (9)
M. Vondrousova v C. Garcia (8)
B. Haddad Maia v Ka. Pliskova (6)
K. Khachanov v J. del Potro (12)
P. Gojowczyk v A. Zverev (4)
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