Afternoon afternoon, well here were are on Rod Laver Arena, where one of the cutest kids I’ve seen to date is overseeing the toss between Novak Djokovic and Frances Tiafoe. The little man is grinning ear to ear and even waving to the crowd.
It’s 31 degrees at Melbourne Park right now, which is not as extreme as some of those oven-esque days of past years but the surface will still be energy-sapping. Djokovic doesn’t always like heat so let’s see how he holds up here. The pair are warmed up and the Serb will serve.
And with that I’ll hand you over to my colleague Emma Kemp, who will see you through the rest of the day session. Cheerio!
Serena Williams beats Nina Stojanović 6-3, 6-0
Day three on another sunny day in Melbourne and a wealth of big names ready to perform for our entertainment. Headlining the day session is record-chasing Serena Williams, up next on Rod Laver, followed by men’s No 1 Novak Djokovic, and in the night session, Noami Osaka. Elsewhere, take you pick from Petra Kvitova, Dominic Thiem, Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Alex Zverev and, on John Caine Arena this evening, Nick Kyrgios.
In short, plenty to look forward to. We’ll do our best to keep across the day’s events as they pan out at Melbourne Park. Do get in touch if you have anything pertinent to get off your chest – [email protected] or @mike_hytner.
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