Here we go again. Day two of the Open is already well under way following a successful opening on Monday, which was met with a degree of relief – given how much the build-up had been overshadowed by he who’s name must now not be mentioned – and served up the usual mix of intrigue and upsets.
Today, the opening round continues with another 60 matches to get through. Coming up is Andy Murray, the five time finalist but never winner at Melbourne Park, who plays familiar foe Nikoloz Basilashvili on John Caine Arena, at 3pm local, 4am in the UK.
That clash promises to be the appetiser for a feast in the evening session, when Nick Kyrgios takes his bow at this year’s tournament at 7pm AEDT/8am GMT. The Australian, as always, will be expected to provide fireworks in his clash against Britain’s Liam Broady, also on the often raucous John Cain Arena.
At the same time, another Australian favourite Alex de Minaur gets his campaign up and running against Lorenzo Musetti on Margaret Court Arena, before US Open winner Emma Raducanu meets Sloane Stephens of the US to round off the evening session.
On Rod Laver, second seeds Daniil Medvedev and Aryna Sabalenka are both in action, with Stefanos Tsitsipas, always a popular figure in Melbourne, to follow. Plus plenty more, of course.
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