Top seed Daniil Medvedev faces home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the pick of the second-round matches on day four of…
Top seed Daniil Medvedev faces home favourite Nick Kyrgios in the pick of the second-round matches on day four of the Australian Open.
Round two draws to a close at Melbourne Park on Thursday, by which time just 32 players will remain in each event.
The stand-out tie of the day pits Medvedev against Kyrgios on Laver.
World number two Medvedev was runner-up to Novak Djokovic here 12 months ago, but is fresh from breaking his Slam duck at Flushing Meadows in September.
Should he go one better this time around, the US Open champion would climb above Djokovic to the top of the ATP rankings.
Although, he faces a tough proposition in the charismatic Kyrgios, who will certainly have the crowd behind him as he aims to better a run to the 2015 quarter-finals.
Elsewhere, five-time runner-up Andy Murray takes on Japan’s Taro Daniel, who is looking to reach round three in a Slam for the first time.
Meanwhile, two-time semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas continues his quest for a first major title against Sebastian Baez, as does fifth seed Andrey Rublev and 13th seed Diego Schwartzman against Ricardas Berankis and Chris O’connell respectively.
Jannik Sinner looks to book his first third-round appearance in Victoria when he plays Steve Johnson, while 2018 runner-up Marin Cilic faces Norbert Gombos and US Open semi-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime takes on Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.
Over in the Ladies’ draw, two-time Slam winners and former Australian Open finalists Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep resume their missions to go one better at Melbourne Park. Third seed Muguruza goes up against Alize Cornet, while ex world number one Halep locks horns with Beatriz Haddad Miah.
Aryna Sabalenka will go top of the WTA rankings should she lift her maiden Slam on January 30. The second seed takes on Wang Xinyu, while US Open champion Emma Raducanu faces Danka Kovinic.
Former world number four Sam Stosur will be desperate to prolong what is the final Slam of her career. The 2011 US Open winner plays French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, as sixth seed Anett Kontaveit clashes with Clara Touson.
In other matches, seventh seed Iga Swiatek collides with Rebecca Peterson, while Elena Rybakina goes up against Zhang Shuai.
Play gets underway across all courts at 12am GMT on Thursday with men’s singles matches contested over the best of five sets, while three sets will determine the outcome of the ladies’ singles clashes.
Australian Open 2022 Day Four Schedule
Thursday January 20
All times GMT
ROD LAVER ARENA (12am onwards)
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Alize Cornet (FRA)
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) v Wang Xinyu (CHN)
Alex De Minaur (AUS) v Kamil Majchrzak (POL)
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Simona Halep (ROU) v Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
MARGARET COURT ARENA (12am onwards)
Anett Kontaveit (EST) v Clara Touson (DEN)
Maddison Inglis (AUS) v Hailey Baptiste (USA)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) v Sebastian Baez (ARG)
Emma Raducanu (GBR) v Danka Kovinic (MON)
Jannik Sinner (ITA) v Steve Johnson (USA)
JOHN CAIN ARENA (12am onwards)
Iga Swiatek (POL) v Rebecca Peterson (SWE)
Not before 2am
Taylor Fritz (USA) v Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Elena Rybakina (KAZ) v Zhang Shuai (CHN)
Not before 6.30am
Andy Murray (GBR) v Taro Daniel (JPN)
KIA ARENA (12am onwards)
Andrey Rublev (RUS) v Ricardis Berankis (LIT)
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) v Sam Stosur (AUS)
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CDN) v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
1573 ARENA (12am onwards)
Danielle Collins (USA) v Ana Konjuh (CRO)
Dan Evans (GBR) v Arthur Rinderknech (FRA)
Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) v Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
COURT 3 (12am onwards)
Diego Schwartzman (ARG) v Chris O’connell (AUS)
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) v Magda Linette (POL)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v Benoit Paire (FRA)
COURT 5 (12am onwards)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Kristina Kucova (SVK)
COURT 7 (12am onwards)
Marin Cilic (CRO) v Norbert Gombos (SVK)
Not before 2.30am
Tamara Zidansek (SLO) v Heather Watson (GBR)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) v Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) v Botic va de Zandschlup (NED)
COURT 8 (12am onwards)
Elise Mertens (BEL) v Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
COURT 13 (12am onwards)
Maxime Cressy (USA) v Tomas Machac (CZE)
COURT 17 (12am onwards)
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) v Liudmila Samsonova (RUS)
Pablo Andujar (ESP) v Alex Molcan (SVK)