Australian Open 2018 – Day 3 Preview

Posted by Sports News First on 17/1/2018
Filled in: Tennis

We take a look at Day 3 of the 2018 Australian Open Tennis Tournament and we preview each of the key matches on the day. View our Australian Open Day 3 preview below.

Men

John Millman vs Damir Dzuhmur

Gutsy win by Millman in the opening round against the much higher ranked Borna Coric, he now has another big test against the 30th ranked Dzuhmur. Is much better than his ranking of 122, and is a huge chance to progress to the third round.

Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Matt Ebden

A huge win by Ebden over John Isner, and will now face former Australian Open Quarter-Finalist Dolgopolov. Ebden will need to change his approach going into this contest, with Isner reliant on his serve opposed to Dolgopolov who’s a baseliner. Will be a big ask for the Australian.

Nick Kyrgios vs Viktor Troicki

Kyrgios fell at the second round in 2017, but based on his lead-up and first round performance it’s hard to see the same thing happen this time around. Troicki’s not the same player he was five years ago and is lucky to be here after coming back from 2-0 sets down against Australian Alex Bolt in the first round.

Women 

Marta Kostyuk vs Olivia Rogowska

Rogowska will likely go into this contest knowing very little about her opponent. This is because she’s only 15 years old and ranked 522 in the world. Kostyuk is the youngest player since Martina Hingis 22 years ago to win a main draw match at the Australian Open. Although Rogowska has her covered in ranking by 400 places, there’s no denying we’re about to see one of the best young talents to come through women’s tennis in a long time.

Daria Gavrilova vs Elise Mertens

A tough match-up for Gavrilova, with the 35th ranked Mertens a player on the rise. Gavrilova was dominant in her first round whitewash of Falconi, and will look to build on this on her way to another third round at the Australian Open.

 

MATCH OF THE DAY

Denis Shapovalov vs Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

A rematch from the US Open, where the up-and-coming Canadian beat Tsonga in straight sets. Shapovalov is a player to watch out for, ranked 50th in the world despite only being 18 years old. Tsonga will go into the contest with a lot more knowledge about his opponent, but Shapovalov must be confident knowing how easily he dismantled the 32-year-old four months ago. After a convincing win over fellow young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round, this will be a must-watch contest – and one that the young Canadian can win.