Annabel Croft: 'Grigor Dimitrov has learnt a lot from Roger Federer'

Grigor Dimitrov confident of Australian Open Campaign

Grigor Dimitrov confident of Australian Open Campaign

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov was pushed to the limit before scraping past American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald in the Australian Open second round.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came from 5-2 down in the fifth set to beat Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a second-round match on Margaret Court Arena.

The 22-year-old American (No. 186 in the rankings) demonstrated a tremendous amount of self-confidence against the Bulgarian No. 3 and was about to create the biggest sensation since the start of the men's tournament.

Troicki fended off one match point in the ninth game of the third set and then broke in the next game to force the tiebreaker, but he couldn't challenge Kyrgios in the decider.

For place of the 1/8-finals Dimitrov will fight on Friday with №30 in the scheme Andrey Rublev (Rus).

French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko struggled at times before beating Duan Yingying 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. The Dane saved two match points and rallied from 5-1 down in an epic third set to keep her dream of a first Grand Slam title alive.

Muguruza had little to celebrate in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had only previously beaten one top 10 player in singles.

Alize Cornet defeated the 12th-seeded Julia Goerges 6-4, 6-3 during the evening session to reach the last 32.

Former Australian junior champion Marta Kostyuk, who entered the season-opening major ranked No. 521, followed up her opening win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Australian wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska. She is the youngest player to reach a grand slam third round since Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the 1997 U.S. Open.

He attacked Dimitrov's second serve and his backhand, turning a potential weapon nearly into a liability for the Bulgarian.

The heat was intensifying earlier when six-time champion Novak Djokovic extended his personal streak against Gael Monfils to 15-0 with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 victory in which both players slouched over in the shade at the back of the court between points.

The five-time major victor advanced to the third round with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova.

The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here past year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina came from a set down to beat Czech Katerina Siniakova 4-6 6-2 6-1 and book a spot in the third round.

Pablo Carreno Busta, a U.S. Open semi-finalist previous year, is the first player from the men's field through to the third round after the 10th seed's opponent, Gilles Simon, retires hurt while trailing 6-2 3-0.

Her fellow Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko beat No. 15-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a quarterfinalist here past year, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round in Australia for the third time.

"I was soaking it all in. I'm happy I didn't buy one".

"I look forward to these matches".

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