Nadal prevails in five set thriller against Smyczek
Rafael Nadal dropped to his knees, clasping his hands tightly and appearing to be on the verge of tears as he celebrated a win at the Australian Open.
The 14-time Grand Slam champion has played some epic matches on Rod Laver Arena, including an almost six-hour final. This was a comeback second-round win over U.S. qualifier Tim Smyczek, a player ranked No. 112 who had never beaten a top 10 player.
But the 6-2, 3-6, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-5 win Wednesday was a breakthrough of sorts for the third-seeded Nadal, who came into the first major of the season after playing just four tournaments since Wimbledon due to a right wrist injury and appendix surgery.
At the end of the third game of the third set, Nadal called for assistance and was given medication for stomach pain. At times in the match he was doubled over in pain, seemingly on the verge of sickness or exhaustion.
Yet he pulled through, earning the only break of the fifth set in the 11th game and then serving it out — after wasting three match points — in 4 hours, 12 minutes.
Nadal bounces back to take the 4th set 6-3. It all comes down to the last set now.
Nadal in troble
Rafael Nadal is in trouble as he trails two sets to one against Smyczek 6-2, 3-6, 6-7.
William sisters withdraw from doubles at Australian Open
Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of women's doubles at the Australian Open, where they've won four titles.
The Williams sisters were scheduled to play their first-round match Wednesday against Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan.
A tournament official confirmed the Williams sisters had withdrawn, but did not specify a reason.
Both sisters won their first-round singles matches in singles on Tuesday.
15.09 pm IST
Bouchard wins easily in Australian Open's second round
Eugenie Bouchard's strong record in Grand Slam tournaments continued at the Australian Open on Wednesday when she beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-0, 6-3 to advance to the third round.
The seventh-seeded Bouchard won the match in 54 minutes.
Two of Bertens' three game wins came on breaks of Bouchard's serve, including when the Canadian was first serving for the match.
After advancing to the semifinals last year in her first appearance at Melbourne Park, Bouchard improved to 7-1 in Australia. The losing finalist at last year's Wimbledon tournament, Bouchard has 25 wins and seven losses in majors. She is playing in just her eighth Grand Slam event.
12.15 am IST
Federer fights back to beat Bolelli
Swiss second seed Roger Federer overcame the loss of the opening set to beat Italian Simone Bolelli and reach the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday.
Federer, chasing his fifth Australian Open title, won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 2hr 9min and will next play either Jeremy Chardy or Andreas Seppi.
10 am IST
Murray overpowers Matosevic, through to third round of Australian Open
British sixth seed Andy Murray cruised into the third round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over local hope Marinko Matosevic on Wednesday.
Murray had few problems in carving out a 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 win in 1hr 42min on Margaret Court Arena and will next face either Joao Sousa or 32nd seed Martin Klizan.
Andy Murray didn't let the parochial crowds in Margaret Court Arena bother him Wednesday as he beat Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.
Matosevic's first-round opponent, Alexander Kudryavtsev, accused boisterous Australian fans of behaving like "animals" after losing in five sets to the Melbourne resident.
Murray, who is good friends with Matosevic, beat the Australian in the second round of last year's French Open and at this year's Hopman Cup, both times in straight sets.
After the match, Murray said with a laugh, "It was a fun atmosphere to play today. Even if not everyone was supporting me."
Sharapova survives scare against Panova
Second seed Maria Sharapova survived a massive scare against Russian qualifier Alexandra Panova to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Monday.
Five-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova saved two match points against her unseeded compatriot before staging an epic comeback to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-5.
9.30 am IST
Berdych thumps Melzer in straight sets
Seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a 7-6 (0), 6-2, 6-2 win over Austrian qualifier Jurgen Melzer.
Berdych, a Wimbledon finalist in 2010, lost to eventual champion Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals last year at Melbourne Park, where he has reached the quarterfinals or better ever since 2011.
Ekaterina Makarova beats Roberta Vinci, Peng Shuai overcomes Magdalena Rybarikova
In early women's second-round matches, No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova beat Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-4, No. 21 Peng Shuai had a 6-1, 6-1 win over Magdalena Rybarikova and Carina Witthoeft beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-0.
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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2015 18:43:18 IST