It’s all very civilised here at Melbourne Park, certainly in comparison to yesterday, when the boisterous crowds had a field day. Those with ground passes are milling about and watching Barty’s match on the big screen. It is noticeably hotter than the past couple of days, and the wind has picked up a bit. Both of these elements must be being felt on centre court, though Barty of course appears far less troubled than her opponent.
Welcome all and sundry to day three of grand slam tennis action at Melbourne Park. Another busy day ahead as the second round gets under way, with plenty to look forward to.
We’ll get further looks at the women’s No 1 Ash Barty and grand slam record-chaser Rafa Nadal, with the former up next on Rod Laver Arena and the latter immediately afterwards.
The evening session is highlighted by Naomi Osaka, who appears to have rediscovered her love of the game, before a potential ripsnorter between men’s No 3 Alex Zverev and Australian John Millman.
In amongst all that, the likes of big names Denis Shapovalov, Barbora Krejcikova, Maria Sakkari and Matteo Berrettini are also all on court throughout the day.