Madison Keys’ opening-round victory was her first win at the Australian Open. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Storylines and matches to watch on Day 3 of the Australian Open (click here for the order of play):
• Seeds should cruise: Make reservations for a nice dinner with your loved ones, do those three loads of laundry piled up in the corner or, hey, just turn in early to grab some much-needed rest after two days of nonstop action. The Day 3 schedule is one you can probably skip with a fairly clean conscience, as the matchups may not keep even diehard fans glued to their couches. The marquee names in action, such as Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Li Na, Tomas Berdych, and Agnieszka Radwanska, should sail through against their unseeded opponents.
• Americans offer intrigue: If you are going to stick around, the Americans are your best bet. Ryan Harrison, cursed once again with a tough draw, takes on Djokovic for the second time at a Grand Slam tournament, after losing in straight sets at Wimbledon last year. The 20-year-old Harrison also lost to Djokovic in straight sets in their other matchup (the 2011 Cincinnati Masters), but he’ll be as amped up as ever for his evening clash on Rod Laver Arena.
Also on Day 3, the only seeded American on the men’s side, No. 20 Sam Querrey will meet Brian Baker for the first time. On Day 1, the 27-year-old Baker made his Australian Open debut by defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr. in five sets.
But the one to really watch — and I realize I sound like a broken record here — is Madison Keys. The 17-year-old has a great chance to upset the No. 30 seed, Tamira Paszek. Keys’ first-round victory means that she’ll break into the top 100 after the tournament.