Novak Djokovic makes his Australian Open return on Tuesday as he headlines the second day of action at Melbourne Park….
Novak Djokovic makes his Australian Open return on Tuesday as he headlines the second day of action at Melbourne Park.
Having controversially missed out last year, the Serb commences what could be a fruitful fortnight against world number 75 Roberto Carbelles Baena on Rod Laver Arena, where he has won each of his last 21 matches.
Djokovic is aiming to reclaim the world number one spot by landing a record-extending 10th title, while also matching Rafael Nadal on 22 grand slam singles triumphs.
He will be confident of doing so. The 35-year-old arrives fresh from capturing the Adelaide International earlier this month, meaning he has now won each of his last 34 matches played in Australia.
Alexander Zverev – a semi-finalist here in 2020 – is also back in grand slam action for the first time since that horrific injury in his French Open last-four showdown with Nadal. The 12th seed plays Juan Pablo Varillas with Casper Ruud – runner-up at last season’s French Open and US Open – beginning his quest to go one better against Tomas Machac.
A couple of mouth-watering ties sees 13th seed Matteo Berrettini target his fourth straight win over five-time runner-up Andy Murray, while fifth seed Andrey Rublev takes on 2020 runner-up Dominic Thiem.
Taylor Fritz and Holger Rune open their campaigns against Nikoloz Basilashvili and Filip Krajinovic respectively, with home favourite Alex de Minaur facing Hsu Yu-hsiou.
Meanwhile, Ons Jabeur headlines the action in the ladies’ draw. The second seed, who was runner-up at Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows last term, takes on former French Open semi-finalist Tamara Zidansek, as 2020 finalist Garbine Muguruza plays 26th seed Elise Mertens.
WTA Finals champion Caroline Garcia and fifth seed Aryna Sabalenka face Katherine Sebov and Tereza Martincova respectively, with Roland Garros semi-finalist Daria Kasatkina up against Varvara Gracheva.
Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic begins her mission to advance beyond round four for the first time against Viktoriya Tomova, while Alize Cornet and Kaia Kanepi look to build on their runs to last year’s quarter-finals.
Cornet locks horns with 2021 US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez, as veteran Kanepi takes on Kimberly Birrell.
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Australian Open 2023 Day Two Schedule
All times GMT
Tuesday January 17
Rod Laver Arena
Aryna Sabalenka (5) vs Tereza Martincova
Katherine Sebov vs Caroline Garcia (4)
Matteo Berrettini (13) vs Andy Murray
Tamara Zidansek vs Ons Jabeur (2)
Roberto Carballes Baena vs Novak Djokovic (4)
Margaret Court Arena
Garbine Muguruza vs Elise Mertens (26)
Xiyu Wang vs Karolina Pliskova (30)
Not before 3.30am
Juan Pablo Varillas vs Alexander Zverev (12)
Viktoriya Tomova vs Belinda Bencic (12)
Tomas Machac vs Casper Ruud (2)
John Cain Arena
Andrey Rublev (5) vs Dominic Thiem
Taylor Fritz (8) vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
Maryna Zanevska vs Veronika Kudermetova (9)
Hsu Yu-hsiou vs Alex de Minaur (22)
Kaia Kanepi (31) vs Kimberly Birrell
Filip Krajinovic vs Holger Rune (9)
Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Fabio Fognini
Daria Kasatkina (8) vs Varvara Gracheva
Grigor Dimitrov (27) vs Aslan Karatsev
Anett Kontaveit (16) vs Julia Grabher
Jasmine Paolini vs Liudmila Samsonova (18)
Not before 5am
Aleksandar Vukic vs Brandon Holt
Leylah Fernandez vs Alize Cornet
J. J. Wolf vs Jordan Thompson
Tseng Chun-hsin vs Alexei Popyrin
Beatriz Haddad Maia (14) vs Nuria Parrizas Diaz
Arianne Hartono vs Shelby Rogers
Katie Volynets vs Evgeniya Rodina
Jan-Lennard Struff vs Tommy Paul
Richard Gasquet vs Ugo Humbert
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Camila Giorgi
Nicolas Jarry vs Miomir Kecmanovic (26)
Christopher O’Connell vs Jenson Brooksby
Alison Riske-Amritaj vs Marketa Vondrousova
Facundo Bagnis vs Daniel Evans (25)
Max Purcell vs Emil Ruusuvuori
Lucrezia Stefanini vs Tatjana Maria
Sloane Stephens vs Anastasia Potapova
Martina Trevisan (21) vs Anna Schmiedlova
Pablo Carreno Busta (14) vs Pedro Cachin
Petra Martic vs Viktorija Golubic
Not before 6am
Denis Kudla vs Roman Safiullin
Daniel Elahi Galan vs Jeremy Chardy
Maxime Cressy vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Mayar Sherif vs Magda Linette
Ysaline Bonaventure vs Ekaterina Alexandrova (19)
Linda Fruhvirtova vs Jaimee Fourlis
David Goffin vs Laurent Lokoli
Joao Sousa vs Roberto Bautista Agut (24)
Zizou Bergs vs Laslo Djere
Ben Shelton vs Zhang Zhizhen
Zhang Shuai (23) vs Patricia Tig
Irina-Camelia Begu (27) vs Elizabeth Mandlik
Mattia Bellucci vs Benjamin Bonzi
Donna Vekic vs Oksana Selekhmeteva
Lucia Bronzetti vs Laura Siegemund
Claire Liu vs Madison Brengle
Diane Parry vs Taylor Townsend
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (30) vs Alexander Bublik
Sorana Cirstea vs Yulia Putintseva
Enzo Couacaud vs Hugo Dellien
Diego Schwartzman (23) vs Oleksii Krutykh
Lauren Davis vs Danka Kovinic
John Isner vs Adrian Mannarino