Thursday’s weather: Sunny and warm, high of 84.
• Nadal keeps rolling. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal rolled to a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 victory over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting. The 24-year-old Spaniard has dropped just four games through two rounds at Melbourne Park. (Watch the highlights here.)
• Highest seed eliminated. No. 7-seeded Jelena Jankovic became the highest-seeded player to be sent home thus far, bowing quietly to China’s Peng Shuai in straight sets. It marked the Serb’s seventh loss in eight matches. (Watch match point here.)
• Delpo goes down. Playing in his first Grand Slam tournament since a wrist injury sidelined him for most of 2010, Juan Martin del Potro lost 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to Marcos Baghdatis in Thursday’s nightcap. “He’s not played many matches and that put a bit of pressure on me, because I was, a bit, the favorite,” Baghdatis said afterward.
• Other top seeds coast. No. 4 Robin Soderling and No. 5 Andy Murray joined Nadal in the third round, with No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, No. 3 Kim Clijsters and No. 5 Sam Stosur advancing on the women’s side.
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Photo of the Day
Australian fans support Sam Stosur of Australia in her second-round match against Vera Dushevina of Russia (from SI.com’s Best Shots from Day 4 at the Australian Open).
25,000 … Amount in Australian dollars to be donated to Queensland flood relief by an unidentified gambler from a $2.5 million bet placed on Nadal in Thursday’s second-round match.
2 … Number of Australian players remaining in the men’s and women’s draws through two rounds: Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic.
18 … Age in years of Tomic, the youngest men’s player still alive.
Kim Clijsters busted Todd Woodbridge in her on-court interview, playfully chiding him for a text message he sent Rennae Stubbs.
What’s Happening Today
The third round gets under way with the first matches between seeded players. Tennis Channel’s live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 taking over from 11 p.m. through 8 a.m. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)
The day’s most intriguing matches include the Serbian showdown between No. 3 Novak Djokovic and No. 29 Viktor Troicki (7 p.m. ET); No. 11 Justine Henin vs. No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova in a match of former Grand Slam champions (~9 p.m. ET); and No. 4 Venus Williams vs. No. 30 Andrea Petkovic in the nightcap on Laver (~5 a.m. ET).
Other top men’s seeds in action include No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 8 Andy Roddick and No. 9 Fernando Verdasco, with No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Francesca Schiavone, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka and No. 14 Maria Sharapova opening third-round play on the women’s side.
The complete order of play for Day 5 can be found here.
They Said It
“What can I say different? What can I do different? Practice little bit tomorrow, rest in the hotel, maybe go to the aquarium. I didn’t go this year. I go every year. So that’s all.”
–Rafael Nadal, on whether he’ll prepare any differently for Friday’s third-round match against Bernard Tomic