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Australian Open 2022 Day 2 Summary: Daniil Medvedev shines with a victory, Andy Murray earns a hard fought win

Daniil Medvedev defeated his Swiss opponent Henri Laaksonen to win the opening match.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 18 January 2022 7:00 pm

The second day of the 2022 Australian Open saw top seeds making their way to the next round with decent wins. Andy Murray, however, played the game of ages to emerge victorious over 21st seed Nikoloz Balisvashili. Meanwhile, the USA’s John Isner was shocked by compatriot Maxime Cressy. In the Women’s category, US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez was stunned by Australia’s Maddison Inglis.  Other than that, there were no big surprises for the fans on Day 2.

Here are the key highlights of Australian Open 2021 Day 2:

Men’s Singles

Current US Open champion and second seed, Daniil Medvedev defeated his Swiss opponent Henri Laaksonen to win the opening match. The Russian, who is eyeing back-to-back Grand Slam crowns after winning last year’s US Open, won the game 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) in 1 hour 54 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena. The 91st-ranked Laaksonen fought hard and came out on top of several long rallies, but Medvedev’s experience proved the difference in the third-set tiebreaker.

Meanwhile, Russia’s world number six Andrey Rublev brushed aside any doubts about his fitness after a recent Covid-19 virus scares to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Rublev, having his first hit-out of the new season, blasted past Italian Gianluca Mager 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 1hr 24min on Margaret Court Arena.

The highlight for Day 2 was Andy Murray’s five-set win over Nikoloz Balisvashili. The three-time Grand Slam champion, making a comeback, wrestled with the Georgian for almost four hours before claiming his place in the second round. Scotland’s Murray, ranked 113 and playing as a tournament wild card, showed his trademark fighting spirit to edge home in the gripping final set and clinch a 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 victory in 3hr 52 min on John Cain Arena.

Summary of key matches (men’s singles) on Day 2:

Match Result Score
Daniil Medvedev (2) def. Henri Laaksonen 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3)
Andrey Rublev (5) def. Gianluca Mager 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Nick Krygios def, Liam Broady 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
Andy Murray def. Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-4
Jannik Sinner (11) def. Joao Sousa 6-4, 7-5, 6-1
Felix Auger Aliassime def. Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 0-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) def. Mikael Ymer 6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Women’s Singles

World number two Aryna Sabalenka fixed her early-season serving horrors to rally from a set down and power into the Australian Open second round Tuesday. The second seed from Belarus defeated Australia’s Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to progress to the next round.

Meanwhile, the much-improved Anett Kontaveit began her hunt for a maiden Grand Slam title with a 6-2, 6-3 round-one victory at the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Estonian sixth seed proved too hot for Czech doubles specialist Katerina Siniakova on John Cain Arena, blitzing past her in 81 minutes, smacking 26 winners. She will next meet either Australian Astra Sharma or Denmark’s Clara Tauson.

Former world number one Simona Halep laboured into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday after an error-strewn clash with Poland’s Magdalena Frech which saw 11 service breaks. Halep struggled to find her groove against the 102nd-ranked Pole before banking the win 6-4, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena

Summary of key matches (women’s singles) on Day 2:

Match Result Score
Garbine Muguruza (3) def. Clara Burel 6-3, 6-4
Iga Swiatek (7) def. Harrie Dart 6-3, 6-0
Aryna Sabalenka (2) def. Storm Sanders 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
Simona Halep (14) def. Magdalena Frech 6-3, 6-4
Emma Raducanu (17) def. Sloe Stephens 6-0, 2-6, 6-1
Anett Kontaveit (6) def. Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 6-3
Maddison Inglis def. Leylah Fernandez (23) 6-4, 6-2

 

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