Australian Open 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty cruise to wins and Naomi Osaka match updates

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Follow all the action as the second round of the Australian Open gets underway on the third day of the tournament in Melbourne. Tournament favourite Ashleigh Barty took just 52 minutes to storm to another emphatic victory, this time a 6-1 6-1 victory over Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti, to reach the third round. The women’s number one seed required even less time than the 54 minutes she needed for her round one win against Lesia Tsurenko on Monday as the Australian cruised through. Rafael Nadal also stormed to a dominant 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann as he reached the third round without dropping a set.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka, who opened her campaign with a straight-sets win over Camila Osorio on Monday, now faces American Madison Brengle in a match that should get underway at around 8am GMT in the UK. The fifth seed Maria Sakkari will look to continue her good form in the grand slams when she takes on Qinwnen Zheng on the Margaret Court Arena. In the final match of the day on Rod Laver, third seed Alexander Zverev faces a home hopeful in Australian John Millman, with the world No 89 looking to pull off a shock against the Olympic champion. Follow all the latest updates below:

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Australian Open 2022: Nadal cruises into third round

Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open in dominant style after defeating German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes.

Hanfmann had knocked out in-form Australian favourite Thanasi Kokkinakis in the previous round and Nadal was wary of his threat, but produced a dominant performance to advance on Rod Laver.

“I know he is dangerous,” Nadal said. “The result against Thanasi in the first round here says he is playing great. Player with big shots, good serve, very high potential, no? His level of tennis [is] much higher than his ranking says, without a doubt.”

Nadal will play the 28th seed Karen Khachanov or Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi in the next round.

Jamie Braidwood19 January 2022 07:18

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Australian Open: Barty storms to victory

Ashleigh Barty continued her dominant form at the Australian Open as the women’s number one seed thrashed Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti 6-1 6-1 on Rod Laver.

The Wimbledon champion and world number one cruised through to the third round without dropping a set or losing her serve as she looks to become the first Australian winner of the title since 1978.

The 25-year-old took just 52 minutes to secure the win – following her 54-minute victory over Lesia Tsurenko in the opening round.

Barty faces another Italian in Camila Girogi next.

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Jamie Braidwood19 January 2022 07:13

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Australian Open: Latest updates

Follow all the action as the second round of the Australian Open gets underway on the third day of the tournament in Melbourne. Tournament favourite Ashleigh Barty took just 52 minutes to storm to another emphatic victory, this time a 6-1 6-1 victory over Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti, to reach the third round. The women’s number one seed required even less time than the 54 minutes she needed for her round one win against Lesia Tsurenko on Monday as the Australian cruised through. Rafael Nadal also stormed to a dominant 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann as he reached the third round without dropping a set.

Jamie Braidwood19 January 2022 07:06

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