Australian Open LIVE: Alexander Zverev result and latest updates after Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal wins

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Follow all the action as the second round of the Australian Open gets underway on the third day of the tournament in Melbourne. Tournament favourite Ashleigh Barty took just 52 minutes to storm to another emphatic victory, this time a 6-1 6-1 victory over Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti, to reach the third round. The women’s number one seed required even less time than the 54 minutes she needed for her round one win against Lesia Tsurenko on Monday as the Australian cruised through. Rafael Nadal also stormed to a dominant 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann as he reached the third round without dropping a set.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka produced a magnificent display of ball-striking as she swept past American Madison Brengle 6-0 6-4, as she remains on course for a fourth round meeting with Barty. Osaka wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes before overcoming a break of serve to seal the second. In the final match of the day on Rod Laver, third seed Alexander Zverev took down home hopeful John Millman in an impressive 6-4 6-4 6-0 performance. Maria Sakkari also advanced in the final match on Margaret Court Arena, 6-1 6-4 against Qinwnen Zheng. Follow all the latest updates below:

Australian Open 2022

  • Day three order of play

  • Barty storms to victory in just 52 minutes

  • Nadal through in straight sets

  • Berrettini sets up Alcaraz test

  • Olympic champion Bencic out

  • Osaka powers past Brengle 6-0 6-4

  • Zverev advances with 6-4 6-4 6-0 win over Millman

Australian Open 2022: Monfils takes two-set lead

11:57 , Jamie Braidwood

There’s only one match still ongoing in Melbourne, and Gael Monfils is making light work of it.

The popular Frenchman is 6-1 6-0 and cruising against Alexander Bublik.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev safely through

11:54 , Jamie Braidwood

Alexander Zverev said he was expecting to be booed after defeating Aussie John Millman.

“I feel good, I won... I could really feel that you guys were in lockdown for two years! It was an amazing atmosphere and hopefully it will get even louder for the next few matches.

“I was prepared that everyone would hate me after the match. I was hoping to get the boos and for everyone to be against me.”

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Australian Open 2022: Zverev 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 Millman - Game, set and match!

11:45 , Jamie Braidwood

Emphatic from Zverev. Millman can’t return the German’s serve out wide on match point and the Australian departs with the respect of the home crowd after a brave fight.

But that was pretty impressive from the Olympic champion - a real statement performance from the 24-year-old.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 6-4, 6-4, 5-0 Millman

11:40 , Jamie Braidwood

And there’s the triple. Brutal hitting from Zverev - and it leaves Millman with no answers. The Aussie fought admirably to make the first two sets close but he looks a beaten man now. Zverev will now serve for the match.

Djokovic to hold talks with lead sponsor to ‘review events'

11:32 , Ben Burrows

Novak Djokovic is set for talks with one of his major sponsors after apparel giants Lacoste confirmed they would like to “review the events” that caused the Serbian to be deported from Australia.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion had his visa revoked ahead of the Australian Open having been unable to meet federal coronavirus requirements to enter Australia.

Djokovic received a medical exemption to play as an unvaccinated player in Melbourne, but later admitted that incorrect information had been included on his immigration forms.

The 34-year-old failed in a final appeal against the government’s decision to remove his visa over the weekend and has now returned to Serbia.

And Lacoste, who have worked with the tennis star since 2017, say they now wish to have discussions with Djokovic about the affairs in Australia.

“As soon as possible, we will be in touch with Novak Djokovic to review the events that have accompanied his presence in Australia,” Lacoste said in a statement.

“We wish everyone an excellent tournament and thank the organizers for all their efforts to ensure that the tournament is held in good conditions for players, staff and spectators.”

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 6-4, 6-4, 3-0 Millman

11:30 , Jamie Braidwood

That’s very good from Zverev as he takes the double break and, probably, the match. Brilliant hitting from the German and a forehand winner into the corner sets up two break points and although Millman saves the first - Zverev places a superb backhand down the line to surely break Millman’s resistance.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 6-4, 6-4, 1-0 Millman

11:23 , Jamie Braidwood

Zverev takes a big step towards the third round after again breaking Millman’s serve early - continuing the pattern from the opening two sets. Zverev stayed patient in the baseline rally and the Australian framed a forehand on break point to hand the German the early advantage.

It’s hard to see Zverev being broken from here - unless some of his troubles with double faults continue.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev 6-4, 6-4 Millman

11:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Zverev takes the second set as he sets up the forehand winner with a strong serve down the middle. The German is in a comfortable position after 90 minutes of play and the only questions being asked of his serve are of his own making with the double faults.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev 6-4, 5-3 Millman*

11:10 , Jamie Braidwood

Woah - from 40-15 on his serve, Zverev produces two double faults to hand Millman a chance at deuce. That’s concerning from Zverev, though. The first double was the German attacking the second serve, but the one after was a weak effort and one that hints at some uncertainties.

Zverev takes an entertaining point at the net before holding, and is one game away from taking a two-set lead.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev 6-4, 4-2 Millman*

11:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Zverev breezes into 40-0 on his serve before holding. immediately turning the pressure back on Millman. The Australian is grateful for a fairly straightforward hold of his won, coming out on top following a couple of baseline exchanges.

Millman goes on the attack in the next game and Zverev has to produce a backhand on the run to avoid 0-30. Millman then gets the better of the next exchange, putting away a volley at the net, before Zverev double faults to bring up two break points!

The serve gets him out of trouble, though, reeling off two aces and then a fierce serve down the line which Millman can’t return. Too good.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 6-4, 2-1 Millman

10:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Stunning hands from Zverev at the net to pick up a short ball from Millman and produce a deft half-volley at 30-30. That brings up the first break point of the second set and Zverev then turns to power as he forces Millman into the baseline exchange. The Australian can’t hang on this time, however, as Zverev takes up a commanding position.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev 6-4 Millman*

10:35 , Jamie Braidwood

Impressive stuff from Zverev as he takes the opening set with an ace out wide. Apart from his opening service game, the German has been untouchable on his serve and it’s been Millman who has had to answer all of the questions so far.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 5-4 Millman

10:31 , Jamie Braidwood

What a shot from Millman, and it forces Zverev to serve for the opening set. The German was on the attack as he pushed into the net but Millan sent a backhand pass down the line to hold.

Zverev has reeled his past four holds without much incident and a fifth wins him the opening set.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 4-3 Millman

10:23 , Jamie Braidwood

Zverev breezes through his service game before stepping onto Millman’s serve and setting up 30-30. He has the chance at an open backhand winner but just as he goes to strike the short ball, a he gets distracted by something and he nets. Both players are complaining about some sort of noise outside the stadium and the umpire pauses the match as he tries to sort it out over the phone. Anyway, after being taken the deuce, Millman hangs on to hold.

One stat to sum up just how comfortable Zverev’s service games are compared to Millman’s: Zverev is average three shots on his service points, Millan is averaging 13.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 3-2 Millman

10:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Millman battles hard to earn the hold of serve after Zverev applies the pressure at 30-30. The Australian outlasts Zverev in the latest long rally between the players as the German drifts a backhand wide. Zverev would also want to have the forehand he hit into the net back at 30-30.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 2-1 Millman

10:01 , Jamie Braidwood

Wow - what a start to this match! Zverev breaks straight back after outlasting Millman in a baseline epic, with the Australian hitting the net after Zverev had clipped the net-cord. Lots of powerful hitting and baseline rallies so far. Zverev could be in for a tough night.

Australian Open 2022: Zverev 1-1 Millman*

09:56 , Jamie Braidwood

Huge roars inside Rod Laver as Millman breaks straight back! A couple of unforced errors from Zverev, there, as Millman levels the early score to the delight of the home crowd.

Elsewhere, Maria Sakkari has breezed through the opening set of her match against Qinwnen Zheng 6-1 on Margaret Court. Aslan Karatsev, the Sydney champion, has turned the match around against Mackenzie McDonald and is 2-1 up after losing the opening set.

Australian Open 2022: *Zverev 1-0 Millman

09:54 , Jamie Braidwood

The final match of the day on Rod Laver is underway and Alexander Zverev is not hanging around after breaking John Millman in the opening game of the match.

Millman, the world No 89, will be cheered on by the home crowd and has a history over upsets at grand slams as he once beat Roger Federer at the US Open.

Zverev, the Olympic champion, is looking to end his wait for a first grand slam title in Melbourne.

Australian Open 2022: Hurkacz knocked out by Mannarino

09:39 , Jamie Braidwood

Hubert Hurkacz, the number 10 seed in the men’s draw, has been knocked out of the Australian Open by Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

The Wimbledon semi-finalist becomes the first top 10 seed in the men’s draw to be eliminated from the tournament. Mannarino sealed the win in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-3.

Karen Khachanov has set up a third round meeting with Rafa Nadal after defeating Bejamin Bonzi 6-4 6-0 7-5.

Australian Open 2022: Osaka through to third round

09:32 , Jamie Braidwood

“I returned pretty well. That’s not my usual strength but I worked on it during the off-season and it came in handy today. I’m trying not to [rate my level]. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I feel like if I compare myself to the past, I’ll never be satisfied. I’m trying to take it one day at a time.”

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Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 4-6 Osaka - Game set and match!

09:24 , Jamie Braidwood

Brilliant from Osaka. On the Brengle serve she takes immediately control of the point with a stunning array of groundstrokes to open up the angle for a forehand winner across the court. It sets up three match points and Osaka quickly wraps up the win as she again pushes Brengle deep behind the baseline, forcing the error.

That was an impressive response from Osaka after she found herself in a little bit of trouble after Brengle broke in the second set - she then won 12 of the next 14 points to take her place in the third round.

Australian Open 2022: *Brengle 0-6 4-5 Osaka

09:21 , Jamie Braidwood

The slight sense of jeopardy has seen Osaka come alive again in this second set. She holds to love to move within a game of the third round - flashing off another clean backhand winner to move within touching distance of the victory.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 4-4 Osaka*

09:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Osaka goes on the attack - forcing Brengle deep behind the baseline - and immediately breaks back as she finishes off the point at the net with a driven volley into space.

It looked like Brengle was playing uphill in that last game given the pressure Osaka was putting on her with every shot.

Australian Open 2022: *Brengle 0-6 4-3 Osaka

09:13 , Jamie Braidwood

Osaka lets out a shriek as she finds herself under pressure again at 15-40. She saves the first break point thanks to another strong serve before Bencic lodges herself into the rally on the second, only for Osaka to rip out a backhand winner that clipped the line.

For the third game in a row, however, Brengle then finds herself with a third break point as an Osaka shot drifts wide - but the American then goes long following a lengthy rally.

A double fault from Osaka, the first of the match, sets up a fourth break point and after defending on the baseline, Brengle breaks as Osaka’s smash at the net flies off her frame.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 3-3 Osaka*

09:08 , Jamie Braidwood

A simple hold from Brengle - she is the one cruising through her service games at the moment. A few more errors are creeping into Osaka’s game but Brengle must also take credit for her response.

Australian Open 2022: *Brengle 0-6 2-3 Osaka

09:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Brilliant serving from Osaka, and it gets her out of a spot of trouble as she saves three break points against the resurgent Brengle, who is making a match of this.

The American found the line with a forehand winner out wide in the latest sign that the world No 54 is settling into this match.

However, there’s only so much you can do against a serve this strong and Osaka hits her seventh ace to take the game as the match remains on serve.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 2-2 Osaka*

08:58 , Jamie Braidwood

Another hold for Brengle as the American continues to show signs of settling down into this match. Osaka’s net play hasn’t quite at the same high level as her groundstrokes so far and Brengle was able to force the error on the half-volley with a short ball that drew her into the net.

Australian Open 2022: *Brengle 0-6 1-2 Osaka

08:52 , Jamie Braidwood

Where did this come from? After winning her first game, Brengle unleashes her first winner, and than makes another with a clean backhand across court to set up two break points.

Osaka saves the first with an ace out wide before a strong serve down the middle is followed up by a short forehand winner. Good depth from Brengle brings up another break point but Osaka reels off two winners to either side of the court to get back to advantage, before firing an ace up the middle to take the hold.

Nice play from Osaka to get out of a tough couple of spots - she will have appreciated that after winning the opening set so comfortably.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 1-1 Osaka*

08:48 , Jamie Braidwood

Brengle raises her arms as she gets on the board - avoiding that dreaded double bagel - but that’s also a sign of her relief to finally win a game when Osaka is in this kind of form.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle* 0-6 0-1 Osaka

08:44 , Jamie Braidwood

Osaka is playing some magnificent tennis at the moment.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle* 0-6 0-1 Osaka

08:44 , Jamie Braidwood

Brengle gets a first look at a game at the start of the second set as she finds herself at 0-30 on Osaka’s serve, but the 24-year-old crushes a forehand down the line and then dominates the next point to set up the smash. A forehand then drifts long to take Brengle to deuce but an ace takes her to game point. Osaka constructs the next point beautifully but puts the volley into the net. She lets out a smile at the error but the game is wrapped up as Brengle goes long on a strong Osaka serve down the middle.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-6 Osaka*

08:37 , Jamie Braidwood

Osaka lets out a smile as she hits a smash into the net on set point - that would have been quite a fitting way to seal it. Credit to Brengle though, who stays in the game as the American desperately looks to get on the board, but there’s only so much so can do when Osaka is in this form. She smashes another crosscourt winner to set up a second set point which is duly taken as Brengle goes long.

That’s a 6-0 opening set for Osaka in just 20 minutes - which included 13 winners.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle* 0-5 Osaka

08:33 , Jamie Braidwood

The serve isn’t too bad, either. Osaka wraps up the fifth game of the set inside 14 minutes as she lands an ace out wide. Could she beat Raducanu’s record from her opening set against Sloane Stephens yesterday?

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-4 Osaka*

08:30 , Jamie Braidwood

Brengle looks up to her box in search of answers as Osaka smashes a clean winner down the line on her serve to seal the second break of the set.

This is brilliant from Osaka. She is hitting the ball so freely and is finding the lines with ease. She immediately put Brengle under pressure with a backhand crosscourt winner out of nowhere on the opening point of the game and the break was sealed by the forehand.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle* 0-3 Osaka

08:26 , Jamie Braidwood

Osaka is looking really good out on Rod Laver. The winners are flying off her racket and she wraps up the third game of the set in just eight minutes. Brengle is struggling to put any pressure on Osaka and the two-time Australian Open winner is getting lots of time to pick her spots on her forehand.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle 0-2 Osaka*

08:22 , Jamie Braidwood

And there’s the early break - sealed with a brilliant forehand down the line from Osaka. She won the opening point in the game with a powerful winner down to Brengle’s left and the American threw in a couple of uncertainty shots into the net to set up two break points - which Osaka duly converted.

Australian Open 2022: Brengle* 0-1 Osaka

08:20 , Jamie Braidwood

A comfortable opening hold for Osaka, putting good pressure on Brengle even on her second serves with a couple of kicks out wide.

A nice early display of the power in her groundstrokes, too, and Brengle is immediately on the back foot here.

Australian Open 2022: Osaka vs Brengle updates

08:13 , Jamie Braidwood

Here comes Osaka, looking relaxed as she makes her way onto Rod Laver. Brengle, the world No 54, had a three-sets victory over Dayana Yastremska in the opening round.

For Osaka, this second round match is as much about getting in some more match experience as it is about the result for the two-time Australian Open champion.

Australian Open 2022: Osaka vs Brengle next up

07:56 , Jamie Braidwood

The night session on Rod Laver is about to get underway with defending Naomi Osaka taking on American Madison Brengle.

Osaka returned to the court when she defeated Camila Osorio 6-3 6-3 for just her fourth match since September after cutting her season short after the US Open to focus on her mental health.

“I think it kind of came throughout this off-season that I had where I felt like I wanted to come back to play tennis,” Osaka said. “Usually it feels a bit automatic, like we as tennis players have the little break, then we immediately start the off-season again.

“I came back when I wanted to come back. I just felt like there are situations where I previously would get upset. But, at this point in my life, I’m here because I want to be here and because I find that it’s fun for me. Might as well enjoy it while I still can.

“I think just to be playing on Rod Laver and to have such a good streak on Rod Laver is something I could be proud of and something I enjoy.”

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Australian Open 2022: Olympic champion Bencic out

07:46 , Jamie Braidwood

Tokyo Olympics champion Belinda Bencic has been knocked out of the Australian Open after American Amanda Anisimova pulled off the shock 6-2 7-5 win.

Bencic, the 22 seed, needed a medical timeout near the end of the second set as Anisimova maintained her 100% start to the year after claiming a WTA title in Melbourne last week.

She will play the winner of Naomi Osaka’s match against Madison Brengle, which is next.

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Australian Open 2022: Azarenka and Svitolina advance

07:40 , Jamie Braidwood

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is through to the third round after sweeping past Switzerland’s Jil Teichmann 6-1 6-2.

Azarenka will play Elina Svitolina in the third round, who dropped a set in a match that finished in opponent Harmony Tan retiring from the second round tie, with the 15th seed winning 6-3 5-7 5-1.

Eighth seed Paula Badosa reached the third round of the Australian Open for the third team after beating qualifier Martina Trevisan 6-0 6-3.

There were also victories earlier for Madison Keys, Jelena Ostapenko, and Jessica Pegula.

Australian Open 2022: Berrettini sets up Alcaraz meeting

07:28 , Jamie Braidwood

Matteo Berrettini, the Wimbledon finalist, is through to the third round of the Australian Open after defeating American wildcard Stefan Kozlov in four sets to set up a meeting with Spanish star Carlos Alcaraz.

The Italian dropped his first set of the tournament but prevailed 6-1 4-6 6-4 6-1 to advance and will now face 18-year-old Alcaraz in round three.

Alcaraz wrapped up a straight sets (6-2 6-1 7-5) victory over Dusan Lajovic in under two hours and will be looking to cause seventh seed Berrettini some problems.

Denis Shapovalov battled through to the third round with a five sets victory over Soonwoo Kwon. The Canadian 14th seed was 2-1 down heading into the fourth set but pulled off the 7-6, 6-7, 6-7. 7-5, 6-2 comeback to prevail.

Pablo Carreno Busta, the 19th seed, also survived a five set epic to defeat Tallon Griekspoor 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Australian Open 2022: Nadal cruises into third round

07:18 , Jamie Braidwood

Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open in dominant style after defeating German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes.

Hanfmann had knocked out in-form Australian favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis in the previous round and Nadal was wary of his threat, but produced a dominant performance to advance on Rod Laver.

“I know he is dangerous,” Nadal said. “The result against Thanasi in the first round here says he is playing great. Player with big shots, good serve, very high potential, no? His level of tennis [is] much higher than his ranking says, without a doubt.”

Nadal will play the 28th seed Karen Khachanov or Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in the next round.

Australian Open: Barty storms to victory

07:13 , Jamie Braidwood

Ashleigh Barty continued her dominant form at the Australian Open as the women’s number one seed thrashed Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti 6-1 6-1 on Rod Laver.

The Wimbledon champion and world number one cruised through to the third round without dropping a set or losing her serve as she looks to become the first Australian winner of the title since 1978.

The 25-year-old took just 52 minutes to secure the win - following her 54-minute victory over Lesia Tsurenko in the opening round.

Barty faces another Italian in Camila Girogi next.

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Australian Open: Latest updates

07:06 , Jamie Braidwood

Follow all the action as the second round of the Australian Open gets underway on the third day of the tournament in Melbourne. Tournament favourite Ashleigh Barty took just 52 minutes to storm to another emphatic victory, this time a 6-1 6-1 victory over Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti, to reach the third round. The women’s number one seed required even less time than the 54 minutes she needed for her round one win against Lesia Tsurenko on Monday as the Australian cruised through. Rafael Nadal also stormed to a dominant 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann as he reached the third round without dropping a set.