Wozniacki pulls off awesome comeback at Australian Open

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World number one Rafael Nadal continued his straightforward progress through the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-3 6-1 win over Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur.

"When you win 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round, is always a great result", Nadal said. "I kind of felt that I could faint at any moment", she said.

Andreas Seppi withstood 52 aces from 38-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-7 (5), 9-7 win in 3 hours and 51 minutes in the afternoon.

Playing in much cooler conditions than those which greeted the daytime matches, Nadal took an hour and 50 minutes to overcome Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.

Dimitrov will next play the victor of Friday night's match on Rod Laver between local hope Nick Kyrgios and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the round of 16.

The 10th-seeded Vandeweghe was assessed a code violation for the obscenity and delay of game for insisting on eating a banana during a changeover, getting docked a point in the second set of her 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss. Of course it is."The combustible 22-year-old raised expectations of a long stay in Melbourne when he won the title in Brisbane and has appeared mostly composed through two rounds, not surrendering a set".

Alize Cornet took a medical timeout and had her pulse and blood pressure checked during her match with Elise Mertens when the French player complained of shortness of breath. Wozniacki's next challenge is to get past 30th seed Kiki Bertens in round three.

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"Leonardo is a player with big potential", said Nadal, who won the French and US Open titles past year but had his preparation for Australia delayed because of an injured right knee.

Melbourne, Jan 19 Fourth seed Elina Svitolina ended the first Grand Slam odyssey of 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk in straights sets today.

The seven-time Grand Slam victor, in her 77th major, struggled against a player who had never before beaten her to go down 6-3, 7-5 and deprive the tournament of one of its biggest names. A Women's Tennis Association official said Friday her ranking should improve to around 250 because of her performance at Melbourne Park.

Wozniacki won the next nine points, and 24 of the 31 points played from when she first faced match point.

Bencic, who combined with Roger Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland earlier this month, saved three match points on her serve before netting a backhand to give No. 124th-ranked Kumkhum a spot in the third round for the first time.

Fourth seed Svitolina also kept her title dreams alive by ending the hopes of young teenage pretender Marta Kostyuk.

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