Kyrgios v Tsonga, Dimitrov v Rublev Highlight Start Of 3rd Round At Australian Open Friday
by Staff | January 18th, 2018, 4:51 pm
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Round three at the Australian Open begins with a blockbuster Friday and the thermometer soars and the seeds finally clash.

Headling are two very intriguing men’s matches. During the day Grigor Dimitrov gets a rematch of his US Open conqueror in Andrey Rublev. Then at night, Nick Kyrgios collides with former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“I liked his aggressive style of tennis,” Kyrgios said of Tsonga. “He had a big serve, big forehand. He played an entertaining style tennis. When I was 12, I went to all his practice sessions. He made the final in 2008. I think I was 12. I went to all his practice sessions with a new ball. He signed it every day. I don’t know if he remembers. I didn’t miss one of his practice sessions.”

In his 550th career hard court match, Rafael Nadal returns under the lights to test Damir Dzumhur who beat the Spaniard via retirement at 2016 Miami. And US Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta tries to keep his Slam hard court run going against the attacking lefty Gilles Muller.

After his marathon 12-10, 53-ace win over Yuichi Sugita, Ivo Karlovic will take on Italian veteran Andreas Seppi who’s had his share of big wins in Melbourne. A month shy of 39, Karlovic is trying to become the oldest Grand Slam fourth rounder since Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open.

Marin Cilic also faces American Ryan Harrison.

For the women, the ailing Elina Svitolina matches up with 15-year-old Ukranian phenom Marta Kostyuk. In a comeback win Wednesday, Svitolina revealed she had been battling some sort of illness. Can the teen capitalize and take down the tournament favorite?

“She has nothing to lose, so that’s why I know she goes just for everything,” Svitolina said of her countrywoman. “You know, like a little bit like headless chicken.

“I will try to prepare and, yeah, be ready for her game. For me it’s very important for me to be there with my game and don’t really think who is in the other, who’s in the other side.”

Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko continue on, but with all the upsets in the women’s bottom half, opportunity abounds for many of the women, like Luksika Kumkhum, Petra Martic, Magda Linette and Denisa Allertova.

FRIDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
11:00am
L. Kumkhum v P. Martic
M. Kostyuk v E. Svitolina (4)
G. Dimitrov (3) v A. Rublev (30)
7:00pm
N. Kyrgios (17) v J. Tsonga (15)
K. Bertens (30) v C. Wozniacki (2)

Margaret Court Arena
11:00am
D. Allertova v M. Linette
P. Carreno Busta (10) v G. Muller (23)
K. Bondarenko v M. Rybarikova (19)
7:00pm
R. Nadal (1) v D. Dzumhur (28)
J. Ostapenko (7) v A. Kontaveit (32)

Hisense Arena
11:00am
B. Bryan/M. Bryan (6) v M. Mirnyi/P. Oswald
E. Mertens v A. Cornet
A. Seppi v I. Karlovic
R. Harrison v M. Cilic (6)


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101 Comments for Kyrgios v Tsonga, Dimitrov v Rublev Highlight Start Of 3rd Round At Australian Open Friday

Wog Boy Says:

Most certainly roof will be closed today and outside court matches will be suspended, it’ll be even hotter than yestrday.


Wog Boy Says:

I had to lough on this one:

“ I don’t know if he remembers.””

Sure Tsonga remembers 12 years old boy he was signing the balls in 2008.


Daniel Says:

Rublev can upset Dimi if the last round Dimi is around. He is flying a bit under the radar as far as young promises compared to Thiem, Zverev, Shapaovalov, Kyrgios. And he seems eager to win and prove himself.


Wog Boy Says:

Just checked, believe it or not in less thsn two hours temprerure will be 43 degrees (109.4 F) now is 38, they are still playing outside courts.


Daniel Says:

Bad schedule today, only mens match (Edmund) is not passing on both my channels.


J.S. Says:

I am watching Edmunds/Basil

Edmunds 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 serving for match!

Both are close to death…another hard one to watch!


J.S. Says:

sorry last set is 6-5 serving for set 30/30


Wog Boy Says:

At least Nole and Monfils had part of the court in the shadow of the stadium, these two are battling three and half hours without any shade on court and now they are fifth set with no tie break and temprerure exceeded 40 degrees needeto invoke stop-play rule, it is officially 41. What are they saying now that is very low humidity and that part of the stop-play rule hasn’t been fulfilled so they won’t stop the matches and Edmund prevailed..they should call ambulance immediately.


J.S. Says:

Edmunds won 7-5 – wow! These guys are troopers!


J.S. Says:

WB
It’s really hard to watch! Can these guys recover, do you know how difficiult it will be for them? Why haven’t they canceled game play (over 40 rule) and treated it like a rain delay…it’s done all the time!

Grigor will play in terrible conditions next!

UGH


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

Here is the rule, you will be surprised that threshold was 35 degrees until 2014/5 and after criticism it was raised to 40 degrees, unbelievable:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Open_extreme_heat_policy

Meanwhile Rublev is playing well, really well.


J.S. Says:

Rublev is playing really well.
Do you know how difficult it is for the players to recover after playing 5 in this heat, will they be okay? Seems so unfair :)

Hate to say but until someone passes out they aren’t stopping game play! SAD!


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t have that kind of experience with heat, but I do have experience with heat as soldier in army (18 months) one way it’s worse since you are fully dressed with everything else on top (backpack, weapons..), no doctors around, only corporals and unbelievable drill, if you pass out you have to do it again next day since it means your fitness level is not good enough, nobody feels sorry for you, quite the opposite :)


J.S. Says:

WB – That sounds like HELL!

For me, if everyone had to play in same conditions I could accept the horrific weather issues. But, since that’s not the case, I don’t like the AO this year :) I sure have some new favs though after this event….gained respect for some and lost respect for others!

Well Rublev just lost 1st set. I like him….would love to see him pull this off!

CHEERS!


Wog Boy Says:

It was hell then but from today’s perspective I am grateful that I had that experience as young man, it manned me up, change my views, they should introduce compulsory military service again for young people as it was in my time.


Wog Boy Says:

Back to tennis, Rublev is fading away, no five sets for Grigor today.


Wog Boy Says:

Spoke to early, Rublev breaks back.


J.S. Says:

I’m not giving up on Rublev yet! LOL – He might be the one that passes out fighting for that last point, he reminds me of Rafa….never gives up attitude!

TY…thats a nice story about how “HELL” impacted your life, I love those sort of stories, TY for sharing :)


J.S. Says:

LOL ON RUBLEV! This guy is CRAZY!


Wog Boy Says:

I definitely spoke too soon. Rublev reminds on Klaus Kinski, just not that ugly:)


Wog Boy Says:

You probably don’t have clue who is Klaus Kinski, I loved him as an actor.


Wog Boy Says:

But you probably know his daughter, I loved her even more;)


AndyMira Says:

WB…U mean Natasya Kinski?I stumbled upon her name when i’m still in teenage years…


J.S. Says:

GOOGLING – LOL


Wog Boy Says:

Yes AM, just wrong spelling, Germans as my people don’t use letter “Y” that way, it’s Nastassja, but you pronounce as it is “y” instead of “j”.


J.S. Says:

OKAY…you’re right, very similar! Rublev needs to come let me feed him for a couple weeks and do a “LITTLE” makeover – He’s pretty skinny, maybe I need 3 weeks?? HAHA


J.S. Says:

HI A MIRA – I am getting comfy for Rafa and will watch Kyrgios on TV….assuming that match will be on TV, either way, I am ready to stream RAFA w/ a cup of broccoli cheddar soup and glass of vino!

I think Rublev might pull this off….wouldn’t that be crazy?


Wog Boy Says:

Just to make it clear, I liked Klaus as an actor, his private life is another thing.


AndyMira Says:

Oh yeah!sorry WB!…Nastassja i meant..hehe…she’s beautiful..and ironically i can’t remember her in “Tess” but because of her affair with Roman Polanski…

About her father…yeah..what can we say about it..everyone has flaws..we got it too…


AndyMira Says:

Hey J.S!!….From yesterday i’m wondering…don’t u need sleep??Where r u anyway?But of coz i’m delighted to have u here when Rafa is playing!We rock together!!Wooohooo!!…Hope Rafa win in easy straight sets today!…Insyaallah!!


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
You might be well right, Rublev with a break in third.


Wog Boy Says:

Back on serve.


J.S. Says:

Skeezer – I cannot open that link! (:

MIRA I am on the west coast in USA, was in Canada…

REBLUV – Come on BABY


Wog Boy Says:

It is very strange they still haven’t scheduled courts for tomorrow, it’s already 5:30pm.


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.

Two American and three German tourists were attacked in two separate incidents by group of teenagers in Melbourne.


Margot Says:

Gorgeous Grig may well win this, seems not that bothered by temperature whereas Rublev looks poleaxed, but with that back hand he’s not gonna win the whole thing. Dani has a lot of work to do.


J.S. Says:

MARGOT – The temps are fine now, that issue has passed now that some never played in the crazy heat!

WB – I read taht article – so sad!


Wog Boy Says:

Well they have change of mind, they are both night sessions, 36 years old of course RLA (not to interrupt his rythm and Nole back to MCA.


J.S. Says:

NO WAY on RF _ I amo done with AO!!!


J.S. Says:

RF really got another night match?? Okay I am gone! PEACE OUT!


Margot Says:

Great point to finish from Gorgeous Grig! Why have Nike got him dressed like a boiled lobster tho? Did they have prior warning of the heat…;)
Lol JS…if you say so….;)


Van Persie Says:

LOL Margot,

Regarding the pink….what the Hell is going on with Nike?..the outfits are horrible…I watched yesterday some highlights from Halep- Bouchard….the T’shirt was soo short, like she would have borrowed from a smaller person….


Wog Boy Says:

J.S.
Something was fishy, they had them both for day sessions, then dragged until 6pm, unusually late, to declare schedule for next day, just to change original time slot.


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I’m speechless regarding that scheduling…do not know anymore what I should say


Van Persie Says:

DelP0- Berdych match should be a night match on RLA, or at least a day match….but why give a bit of rhythm there to the next opponent, he? The 2 will play on HA…so, so stupid


Wog Boy Says:

VP, Margot
That’s what happens when you have monopoly, you don’t really care to change the things, apart of two nike players, the others look the same, male and female, there is only one difference, X rated one..


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

One word, autocratic and corrupted Craig Tiley, if he was so good why Americans didn’t keep him to be director of USO?


J.S. Says:

YEP – They want RF to win??? THAT IS BS and I hope he loses next match…never thought I’d be a RF hater but put I will run for PRESIDENT – SHAMEFUL of AO!!! I am SO MAD


J.S. Says:

OMG I Cant type – sorry for typos! UGH


J.S. Says:

I HATE AO – SO MAD!


Tony N Says:

Given the irrelevant whining of a tiny minority, the Australian Open finally sent the No. 14 seed to the court he should have been playing on since the first round… until his ranking improves. In any case, Djokovic was lucky that he did not play the unfit Monfils in a night match, otherwise he might have lost.

The vast majority of TV fans love Craig Tiley’s rational Australian Open scheduling to put Federer on Rod Laver prime time. Even against no-name Struff, a Federer match will bring in the highest TV ratings to the Channel 7 broadcaster (see link). Channel 7 probably wants Federer to keep playing on center court.
https://mumbrella.com.au/tennis-narrowly-beats-cricket-top-spot-demos-494600


Danica Says:

Courier said to Roger that he deserved to ask for special time slots. I mean, come on! Totally unfair and a huge slap to all other players. I would be ashamed. I don’t support stars getting a preferential treatment.

As for heat, Lindsey Davenport was screaming for the play to be suspended for a couple of hours. At the time, Alize Cornet was dissoriented and weak. It was said that the temperature on the court was 155°F (68.5°C). No one, athlete or not, should be made to labor during such conditions. It’s not fair to the players, it’s not fair to the ball kids (long sleeves!!), and it’s not cool to the people who probably paid a nice dollar to see competitive, high quality matches. There’s no enjoyment in watching players struggling in that torture chamber. Really, this all reminds me of a Mediaeval torture.


Wog Boy Says:

As I said The I.D.I.O.T is back:

“..finally sent the No. 14 seed to the court he should have been playing on since the first round… until his ranking improves…”

No. 16 seed at last year AO played all his seven matches on RLA, only one day match.


Danica Says:

Lol, “rational” scheduling.


AndyMira Says:

J.S!…AGREE WITH U!!…GOD!..I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS S@#$!!…I’ve never feel towards Fed like this before!….But URGH!!…THIS IS SOOOO UNFAIR!!…Usually when u play dirty like this,u’ll get your pay in the end…


Wog Boy Says:

Poor Dzumhur can’t get a game from Nadal, even his box is teasing him when he wins a point, his coach, Ilija Bozoljac is as character as Dzumhur is:))


Wog Boy Says:

Came on Rafa, give him a game…yeeees, finaly.
Dzumhur has a hot girlfriend:)


Danica Says:

Rafa looking pretty sharp.


Tony N Says:

I refer the colossalidiot to what Martina Navratilova said yesterday: “If you just get paid like that, then Roger Federer should get paid 10 times. He should get paid more than Novak because his ratings are better – so should Roger then get a better piece of the action? It would never occur to him to ask.”
http://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/42729296

Given that Federer has TEN TIMES the value of Djokovic, of course even No. 16 Federer deserved to be on Rod Laver Arena for all his matches. In any case, the colossalidiot and other whiners make up only a tiny minority.


Wog Boy Says:

What anoys me with commentators is that in all these days they have never made a slightest effort to properly pronounce Dzumhur, was it to hard to ask how to pronounce properly his name?


Van Persie Says:

See the Kyrgios- Tsonga scores. This should be a good match.


Danica Says:

Navratilova has always been anti-Novak. One can only laugh at her impartiality.


Wog Boy Says:

Yees, Dzumhur won another game, at this rate he might end up with four games for the match, better than Estrella Burgos:))


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
I’ll watch Tsonga later, I need something relaxing after those few days and Rafa/Dzumhur match is excatly that, you know the result in advance but you see something nice and relaxing.


Wog Boy Says:

Good on Seppi, he won marathon shootout with Dr Ivo.


Wog Boy Says:

This is against the rules, Dzumhur broke Rafa..


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: The BBC just announced that the AO now has no Heat policy at all…disbanded this year – according to them – said it following Kyle’s win.


j-kath Says:

Wogboy: Yep – I noted the Pain-in-the-Derriere is back. Hope BBB may be tempted – would like to read that….at least her part of it….


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Thanks for info, didn’t know that, one more reason for independent union to be formed.


Van Persie Says:

^^ I have no problem with that person posting, everybody is entitled to have an opinion, I skip them 97%of the time, but but the scrolling down is killing me, he has such long texts. lol


Van Persie Says:

Jo-Nick: 1-1….I would love to see that match….


Margot Says:

VP: The other thing I’ve noticed, no really people I DIDN’T want to, is that some of the men’s shorts are a completely wrong shade of pale. You can see their sweaty bits all too clearly. Yuck!
JWT I’m looking at you, tho I don’t want to….:(


Van Persie Says:

Lol Margot,

Thank you for this information…even though I will have lunch soon.


Willow Says:

What is it with so many guys wearing pink, is it breast cancer awareness or something ?


Daniel Says:

Today seems things are going to form. Nadal won another easy match, no one on his 4 matches could trouble him. Change it for Bedene or Struff (who serve consistently above 210 kmh) and he could be more tested. Next Schwatrz, another 3 sets same score. Tourney begins for him on QF if Cilic is there.

Tsonga is testing Nick more than I thought. Nick needs this 3rd set, which looks anther tiebreak, to force Tsonga to play another 5 set in a row if he wants to get through. Dimi also won and Cilic is 1 set up. Order restored.


Willow Says:

I Like NKs look, and his hairs nice, interesting match Tsongas having a bit of a melt down ….


Daniel Says:

Mens attire this AO is awful!


Willow Says:

Happy for our Brit Kyle Edmund, blistering heat, poor guy had no energy left for his interview afterwards lol ….


Willow Says:

Daniel lol agree, thats what i love about Wimbledon classy all white attire ….


Daniel Says:

Tsonga’s shorts you can only see his bums (_._)


Anto Says:

So guys, who do you think will win Nick or Tsonga?


Willow Says:

Anto is there such a thing as a safe bet with these two lol ?


Anto Says:

Man the match is still very tight.


Daniel Says:

Kyrgios wins it and we get the first showdown of R16, Dimi vs Kyrgios, virtually the winner in SF to face Nadal.

Kyrgios won last match in Aukland, will see.

Cilci serving third set to force breaker.


Anto Says:

Fantastic victory for Nick. Well done for both


Margot Says:

Well done Not-So-Naughty-These -Days Nick.
Would be really something if he could win his first slam here. Unlikely tho that seems.
VP: Any time. Hope you enjoyed your lunch……;)


gonzalowski Says:

Willow, I found this about Nike, from infobae, (not verified):

“We worked closely with the color team to find the best tones for the most impressive reading of the incredible blue courts,” “We use the dynamic geometric shape and the flooded color to capture the attention of the viewer”
explained Sam Shipley, Director of Clothing Design at NikeCourt, through a statement.

Abour Rafa, “He had no mercy on his rival Dzumhur, whom he remembered for having seen him celebrate his retirement due to heatstroke in the second round of Miami in 2016″


Willow Says:

Nobodies talking about the women, does anybody have any ideas as to who will win the AO on the womens side ?


Willow Says:

Gonzo if Rafa could wear a potato sack for all i care, just as long as he wins the AO ….


Van Persie Says:

Margot,

hehe, I had vegetables.

Gonza,

Lol. perhaps Tiriac might get now the idea of having pink courts for the ladies blue for the mens ;)


Willow Says:

^Plus its not a good idea to p*ss Rafa off, ala Soderling FO in 2009, Rafa never forgave Robin for that and made him pay the year after in the 20110 ^ ….


Van Persie Says:

^^ pink courts for the ladies and blue for the men


Willow Says:

Post for Gonzo ….


gonzalowski Says:

yeah agree, and It’d be more interesting if they chose their clothes by themselves, or according to their girlfriend/boyfriend, or their mothers’s taste!


Van Persie Says:

regarding Nike, Halep is brandless since the beginning of the year….according to rumours she’s negociating with Lacoste or Nike at the moment. Hope it will be Lacoste , as Nike is disappointing in the last years….


gonzalowski Says:

^^ Van Persie :) , so that Tiriac be careful, in Madrid the radical left party governs and they are also in the plan “witch hunt” in favor of feminism


Willow Says:

Gonzo ive always loved the all black or grey that Rafa has worn at the USO, or dark blue at the French ….


Willow Says:

I Like Wozniackis outfit on the womens side, and shes playing really well, seems leaner and fitter ….


Van Persie Says:

Gonza,

haha, that bull will survive somehow, he always does…:)


gonzalowski Says:

the truth I do not pay much attention to the tennis players’ clothes … but I don’t like this plague of pink


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