World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer won at tennis’s Australian Open as intense heat again enveloped Melbourne. Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova also reached round three, while Juan Martin Del Potro became the highest seed to exit.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their status as title favorites by cruising into the fourth round of tennis’s Australian Open with straight-set victories. Li Na and David Ferrer also advanced in Melbourne as yesterday’s temperatures topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) for the fourth consecutive day.
Maria Sharapova outlasted Italy’s Karin Knapp in three long sets on a third straight day of scorching heat that interrupted play on most courts for more than four hours at the Australian Open tennis tournament.
In his dreams, Novak Djokovic has already lifted the French Open trophy to make it four major tennis titles in a row. In reality, the No. 1-ranked player in the world has to overcome six-time champion Rafael Nadal on his favorite clay courts.
Roger Federer, bidding to become the first man to win five Australian Open singles titles since tennis turned professional in 1968, reached the quarterfinals yesterday with a straight-sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.