Zverev sails into Australian Open third round as Barty and Osaka progress

Jonathan Davies in Australian Open 19 Jan 2022
Zverev defeated John Millman in straight sets on Laver (DAVE HUNT/AAP/PA Images)

Alexander Zverev sailed through to the Australian Open third round with a commanding straight-sets victory over John Millman.

The Olympic gold medallist resumed his quest for a maiden Slam by comprehensively sweeping the home favourite aside 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 on Laver.

In the absence of nine-time champion Novak Djokovic, Zverev will climb to the top of the ATP rankings should he go all the way at Melbourne Park this fortnight.

A semi-finalist here two years ago, the third seed is yet to drop a set after wrapping up victory in just under two hours, hitting 14 aces along the way.

Like Zverev, Rafael Nadal has also reeled off six sets without reply after putting Yannick Hanfmann to the sword 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Champion here in 2009, the sixth seed is the only former winner in the men’s draw this year as he seeks a record-breaking 21st Slam.

Top seed Ashleigh Barty has dropped just three games in her opening two matches; the home favourite breezing past Lucia Bronzetti 6-1, 6-1.

Reigning champion Naomi Osaka also made it four sets without reply as the two-time winner saw off Madison Brengle 6-0, 6-4.

The same can be said of Barbora Krejcikova and Maria Sakkari. French Open winner Krejcikova overcame Wang Xiyu 6-2, 6-3, as two-time Slam semi-finalist Sakkari was a 6-1, 6-4 victor against Zhang Qinwen.

Elsewhere, Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini beat Stefan Kozlov 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Denis Shapovalov and Cristian Garin required deciding sets to see off Kwon Soon-woo and Pedro Martinez respectively.

Two-time champion Victoria Azarenka defeated Jil Teichmann in straight sets, with eighth seed Paula Badosa repeating the feat against Martina Trevisan.

Although, there was no joy for Olympic gold medallist Belinda Bencic, who lost 2-6, 7-5 to Amanda Anisimova, while Wimbledon semi-finalist Hubert Hurkacz was also ousted in straight sets by Adrian Mannarino.

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Australian Open 2022 Results

Wednesday January 19

Second Round

ROD LAVER ARENA (12am onwards)
Martina Trevisan (ITA) 0-6, 3-6 Paula Badosa (ESP)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6-1, 6-1 Lucia Bronzetti (ITA)
Yannick Hanfmann (GER) 2-6, 3-6, 4-6 Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Madison Brengle (USA) 0-6, 4-6 Naomi Osaka (JAP)
Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 John Millman (AUS)

MARGARET COURT ARENA
Harmony Tan (FRA) 3-6, 7-5, 1-5 (Tan ret) v Elina Svitolina (UKR)
Soonwoo Kwon (KOR) 6(6)-7, 7-6(3), 7-6(6), 5-7, 2-6 Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) 6-2, 6-3 Xiyu Wang (CHN)
Qinwen Zheng (CHN) 1-6, 4-6 Maria Sakkari (GRC)
Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-1, 6-0, 6-4 Alexander Bublik (KAZ)

JOHN CAIN ARENA
Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-2, 7-6 Tereza Martincova (CZE)
Madison Keys (USA) 6-2, 7-5 Jaqueline Cristian (ROM)
Stefan Kozlov (USA) 1-6, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6 Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) 4-6, 2-6, 3-6 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)

KIA ARENA
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 6-1, 6-2 Jil Teichman (SUI)
Tallon Griekspoor (NLD) 3-6, 7-6(6), 6(3)-7, 6-3, 4-6 Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2-6, 5-7 Amanda Anisimova (USA)
Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 3-6 Aslan Karatsev (RUS)

1573 ARENA
Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 6(5)-7, 3-6 Marta Kostyuk (UKR)
Bernarda Pera (USA) 4-6, 4-6 Jessica Pegula (USA)
Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 Dusan Lajovic (CRO)
Pedro Martinez (ESP) 7-6(1), 6(4)-7, 6-2, 2-6, 2-6 Cristian Garin (CHI)

COURT 3
Lorenzo Sonego (ITA) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 Oscar Otte (GER)
Alison Riske (USA) 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
Radu Albot (MOL) 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-4 Aleksander Vukic (AUS)

COURT 7
Reilly Opelka (USA) 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(4) Dominik Koepfer (GER)
Nuria Parrizas Diaz (ESP) w/o Maryna Zanevska (BEL)

COURT 8
Sebastian Korda (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6(2)-7, 7-5, 7-6(6) Corentin Moutet (FRA)
Karen Khachanov (RUS) 6-4, 6-0, 7-5 Benjamin Bonzi (FRA)

COURT 17
Miomir Kecmanovic (SER) 7-6(7), 7-5, 7-6(8) Tommy Paul (USA)
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-2, 6(5)-7, 3-6 Qiang Wang (CHN)
Veronika Kudermetova (RUS) 6-2, 7-5 Elena-Gabriel Rude (ROM)

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