Australian Open 2019: Round 2 round-up and Round 3 picks

As Day 5 approaches rapidly, let’s look back at all the goings on in round 2 down under.

The mainstays have mainly stayed, but in varying fashions; Serena breezed past the resurgent Bouchard as Simona squeaked by another unfancied future star in three. Roger, Rafa and Novak swept through tough opponents but Zverev and Nishikori were pushed all the way by dependably dangerous Karlovic and Chardy respectively.

Still, on-paper-upsets were had as we lost Kevin Anderson (Tiafoe), Gilles Simon (Bolt) and 2018 semi-finalist Chung (Herbert) for the men and Vekic for the women who have stuck closer to the formbook for now. Dominic Thiem retired.

Speaking of which then, apart from the aforementioned, who looks good elsewhere? Undoubtedly we should take note of Berdych, Sharapova, Svitolina, Kvitova and Raonic, the latter impressing once more in a four set marathon win over Wawrinka.

ROUND 3 as usual brings with it some almighty clashes.

Djokovic Vs Shapovalov

Herbert Vs Raonic

Fritz Vs Federer

Berdych Vs Schwartzman

Halep Vs Venus

Bacsinzky Vs Muguruza

Mertens Vs Keys

Kvitova Vs Bencic

Sharapova Vs Wozniacki

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