Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis entertained the crowd yet again, securing a big win, as Ash Barty’s hot streak continued on a busy day of action at Melbourne Park.
Ash Barty’s serve impresses again
Following a late finish to Matteo Berrettini’s five set win over Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz, Barty’s clash against Camila Giorgi was delayed on Friday night.
Once on the court, Barty carried on the form that has seen her crush the Australian summer, so far.
The Adelaide International winner has not dropped her serve since the first match of that tournament against Coco Gauff. She had won 48 consecutive service games leading into her clash with the 30th seed.
The world No. 1 broke Giorgi at her first opportunity of the match, romping home to win the first set.
When Barty was leading 4-2, she was down 0-40 on serve. But remarkably, as only the best tennis player would do, she came back to ensure she would win her 51st consecutive service game in a row.
Although not the quickest serve on the circuit, the accuracy of the Queenslander has been a problem for all opponents in her path so far throughout the summer.
Barty continued on her merry way to take a lop-sided encounter, 6-2 6-3, in 61 minutes.
Following last night’s epic tussle against world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, Kyrgios and partner Kokkinakis battled against top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic in front of a rowdy Kia Arena crowd.
The Aussie duo took the first set with the score as tight as it can be, winning a tiebreaker 10-8. The crowd thought the set was over when Kyrgios hit a lob out at 7-6, but the lines call wasn’t heard such was the volume in the stands.
Mektic and Pavic, who won gold at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, were unable to get into a rhythm throughout the second set as the Australians dominated, taking the win, 7-6(8) 6-3, in a stunning upset.
The two best mates celebrated the win by doing a chest bump, made famous by doubles legends Mike and Bob Bryan throughout the 2000’s and 2010’s.
Earlier, a strange match got the action on John Cain Arena underway on Friday, with Rinky Hijikata and Tristan Schoolkate taking on John Peers and Filip Polasek.
The wildcard Aussie pairing got obliterated in the first set, 6-1, before taking the second set off the fifth seeds. A repeat score of 6-1 would end the contest in the third set, handing the win to Peers and Polasek.
In a battle of the wildcards, Dane Sweeney and Li Tu hosted Treat Huey and Christopher Rungkat on Kia Arena. A warm-up for the crowd awaiting the ‘Special K’ encounter, the Aussies were in fine form as they dismantled their opponents, 7-6(6) 6-4.
Still alive in the singles main draw, Christopher O’Connell suited up with Jason Kubler to take on American pairing Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow. O’Connell would’ve been hoping for a quick match, but with the match level at one set all, this was not going to be the case.
The Australian wildcards moved into the third round in two hours, 6-7(1) 6-4 6-2.
After concluding her sensational singles career yesterday, Samantha Stosur teamed up with Shaui Zhang to play against Madga Linette and Bernarda Pera in a tight clash on John Cain Arena.
The fourth seeds took the first set in a close tiebreaker, before the American and Polish pairing claimed the final two sets to win, 6-7(6) 6-1 7-6. Stosur will team up with Matthew Ebden tomorrow in what may be her final hurrah in Australia.
Caroline Dolehide and Storm Sanders took on Japanese pair Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya in a marathon encounter. The match, which lasted nearly three hours, ended with the ninth seed pairing of Dolheide and Sanders winning in a sensational comeback, 5-7 7-6(2) (10-7).
Another Japanese pairing, Shuko Aoyama and Ena Shibahara, played Australian wildcards Lizette Cabrera and Priscilla Hon. The number two seeds made light work of the Aussies, defeating them 6-3 6-2 in just over an hour.
Kimberly Birrell and Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz took the first set over quality pairing Rebecca Peterson and Anastasia Potapova in hot conditions on Court 15. The Australian pair were unable to consolidate on their first set, going down 4-6 6-4 6-2.
Ellen Perez and Greet Minnen were defeated by fifth seeds Alexa Guarachi and Nicole Melichar-Martinez in a one-sided encounter, 6-3 7-5.
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Arina Rodionova and Marc Polmans secured victory in a tight tussle against Colombian pairing Camila Osorio and Juan Sebastian Cabal, winning a third set super tiebreaker, 4-6 6-3 (10-7).
Aussies in Action on Day Four
1:00pm: Kaia Kanepi vs Maddison Inglis [WC] Rod Laver Arena
1:00pm: Jaimee Fourlis/Jason Kubler [WC] vs Nina Stojanovic/Mate Pavic  Court 15
2:00pm: Matthew Ebden/Max Purcell vs Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah  1573 Arena
3:00pm: Barbora Krejcikova/Katerina Siniakova  vs Monique Adamczak/Xinyun Han John Cain Arena
4:00pm: Ena Shibahara/Ben McLachlan  vs Storm Sanders/Neal Skupski Court 8
4:00pm: Christopher O’Connell vs Maxime Cressey Court 3
4:00pm: Astra Sharma/John-Patrick Smith [WC] vs Lucie Hradecka/Gonzalo Escobar Court 17
6:00pm: Andreja Klepac/Joran Vliegen vs Shuai Zhang/John Peers  1573 Arena
7:00pm: Pablo Andujar vs Alex de Minaur  Rod Laver Arena
8:00pm: Samantha Stosur/Matthew Ebden [WC] vs Asia Muhammed vs Fabrice Martin 1573 Arena
Times are subject to change at the discretion of the Australian Open.
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