Pressure will determine whether Djokovic is back - Wilander

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic received lengthy medical attention early in the second set

Maria Sharapova revelled in the joy of being back, following her 80-minutte 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) second-round win over Anastasija Sevastova.

"Something I've been working on, and definitely improved in the match today".

"It felt great to be back on the court and compete again", said Djokovic. But you know when you come down here that can happen. No. 29 seed Richard Gasquet rolled over Lorenzo Sonego in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 6-3, and Maximilian Marterer beat Fernando Verdasco in a thriller five-setter 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3.

Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday yesterday by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.

Looking as cool as a cucumber Federer glided through the opening two sets under the Rod Laver lights but was dragged into a scrap in the third as the 55th-ranked Struff went for broke.

"It's been a couple of years since I've been back here - I wanted to enjoy the moment", the 2008 Australian Open champion said after blowing kisses to the crowd.

While Monfils hasn't had much fun playing the Djoker, he will be reasonably confident of being able to pull off an upset here.

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"I hope I survive under those conditions too because if you want to get to the top you have to play in all sorts of conditions".

Djokovic, who now faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Saturday, added: "I think there is a limit, and that is a level of I guess tolerance between being fit and being, I think, in danger in terms of health". Djokovic has won of five of the past six Australian Opens, losing in the second round in 2017, so it seems insane to call him an underdog. "It's sport. I mean, I don't know what to say".

"The first set was really good", Zverev said.

"I think there are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognise that you might need to give players few extra hours until it comes down".

Amongst them, only Roger Federer has lived up to his reputation since the last one year or so, as the Swiss maestro has produced some impressive performances by winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the ATP events like Halle Open and Indian Wells Masters.

Other winners were Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin and Sam Querrey who blasted Feliciano Lopez.

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