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Australian Open: Kyrgios and Dimitrov lie in wait for big guns

Kvitova is the only major casualty of the third day's action in Melbourne, as French teenager Halys shows promise against Djokovic

After a series of shocks in the opening matches of the Australian Open, round two provided relatively few upsets, with reigning champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams both safely into the next stage.

Day three's only major casualty was women's number six seed Petra Kvitova, who lost 6-4, 6-4 to Russian-born Australian Daria Gavrilova.

Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion, is the third top-ten seed in the women's draw to lose, after Simona Halep and Venus Williams (beaten by Britain's Johanna Konta) were eliminated in the first round.

There were no such problems for Venus's sister Serena and she dropped only three games to overwhelm Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei, 6-1, 6-2.

All went as planned in the men's draw following the departure of Spain's Rafael Nadal on Tuesday. None of the five top-ten seeds in action in Melbourne dropped a single set in the second round, although French teenager Quentin Halys, playing only his fourth match on the tour, put up a brave fight against top seed Djokovic.

"The 19-year-old Frenchman looked overawed at times, but in the main he went for his shots and won more games than many do against Djokovic at the moment," says the Daily Telegraph. "A big serve, and a crushing forehand should serve Halys well as he attempts to move up the rankings."

Switzerland's Roger Federer set up a mouth-watering third-round clash with Grigor Dimitrov, the man once labelled "Baby Fed". The Bulgarian has fallen down the rankings since beating Andy Murray at Wimbledon in 2014, but the match against Federer "represents an opportunity to kickstart his career again after a lull", says Eurosport.

Controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios will face sixth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the next round after seeing off world number 41 Pablo Cuevas.

The Aussie faced some barracking from his home supporters but despite his unpopularity with some, he "seems to be drawing new fans to the game", says The Guardian, adding: "The kind who are only vaguely familiar with the conventions of tennis and accordingly don't care how many of them he breaks. The question now is how much these youthful excesses will hold him back from a serious title challenge."

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