World No.1 Novak Djokovic and 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams will be among the headline acts on day three of the Australian Open.
Djokovic cruised past Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-1 6-2 on Monday and will start as hot favourite against the talented 23-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, the world No.64, on Rod Laver Arena in Wednesday’s stand-out match.
Djokovic, who is seeking an 18th grand slam and ninth Australian Open crown, has started the tournament in the sort of ominous form that could see him close the gap on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who both have 20 titles.
“Especially Roger and Rafa, what they have achieved over the years, they are legends of our sport and I admire them a lot,” Djokovic said.
“They have positively affected my game and my growth, my development and all my success. It wouldn’t be what it is if these two guys were not there.
“So I have had tremendous rivalries with these two guys and we still keep on going.
“But I don’t want any of their success, if you know what I mean. I’m not jealous of their success or anything like that. I try to build my own authentic career and my own success, and I stick to that.”
Williams defeated Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1 in her opening-round match, and will take on world No.99 Nina Stojanovic on Wednesday.
Her older sister Venus Williams faces off against Italian Sara Errani, while Naomi Osaka takes on Caroline Garcia.
There will be plenty of Australians in action, with Ajla Tomljanovic facing the toughest task in her battle against world No.2 Simona Halep.
Alex Bolt takes on world No.21 Grigor Dimitrov, James Duckworth is up against Canadian world No.19 Felix Auger-Aliassime, and Nick Kyrgios is drawn against rising star Ugo Humbert.
Bernard Tomic will start as a huge underdog in his battle against world No.12 Denis Shapovalov,