The 3rd day was completed at Melbourne Park with easy wins for the top seeds. Roger Federer will be thankful to Andreas Beck who gave him a walkover after withdrawing from injury. He will now face the big serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Rafael Nadal had to battle a bit harder than Federer to get through to the 3rd round, but ultimately eased through with a straight set victory over Germany’s Tommy Haas, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
The Australian flag is still flying due to the young Bernard Tomic beating the American Sam Querry, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3. Tomic will have another battle on his hands against Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. The German born Queenslander will be hoping the Ukrainian will be struggling after his 5 set match and with the injury he sustained after losing the final to Andy Murray in Brisbane 2 weeks before.
The Americans kept struggling on day 3 with 8th seed Mardy Fish losing 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 to Alejandro Falla, in a match that left Fish uncharacteristically bad tempered after he questioned the rules of injury time outs when his opponent took an injury time out for cramping. Things got slightly better for the Americans when John Isner emerged victorious over David Nalbandian winning, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 in an encounter that lasted 4hrs and 14 minutes.
On the women’s side, Clijsters strolled past France’s Stephanie Foretz Gacon, 6-0, 6-1 along with Li Na who does not appear to be suffering with the nerves that came after her French open win, as she got through to the 3rd round closing out the match against Olivia Rogowska 6-2, 6-2. The Number 1 in the world Caroline Wozniacki had to dig deep against Tatishvili after finding herself 4-1 down in the second set. The Dane eventually managed to win 6-1, 7-6 after her opponent lost her nerve along with her forehand. Victoria Azarenka looked sharp after winning her second match to set up a meeting with Anne Keothavong’s victor Mona Barthel.
Finally it may just be down to Andy Murray to represent Great Britain in the singles, but as the doubles tournament started, Ross Hutchins & Colin Fleming won 6-4, 6-4 over the American duo Ryan Harrison & Ryan Sweeting.