Overnight: Djokovic's dream comeback, Halep holds on, Konta cruises

Overnight: Djokovic's dream comeback, Halep holds on, Konta cruises

"So third round of the Australian Open, I think I deserve to smile out there after that victory".

Pliskova, who held the top ranking in July of past year, is among six players who could return to No. 1 depending on results at the season-opening major.

Sharapova was banned for after testing positive for the drug meldonium here in 2016, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished previous year ranked No. 60.

The five-time major victor could next meet No 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova, who beat her at the US Open a year ago in her return to a Grand Slam to tournament.

The former world number one was playing his first official match since retiring during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych last summer with elbow problems that forced him to miss the rest of the season.

"It feels awesome. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I'm in", said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.

"I have never faced a situation like this in my career, I have only maybe had a one-month absence".

The top-ranked Spaniard, who made a splash as a teenager with his trademark sleeveless shirts and knee-length pirate trousers, came into this year's Australian Open with questions about his health and readiness to compete following a taxing season that saw him capture two Grand Slams and return to No. 1.

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"I'm just looking more about me, like how I will prepare, just playing my game from the first point".

Konta served just the one ace but enjoyed a 75 per cent win rate on her highly accurate first service in a match where she clobbered 20 winners to Brengle's solitary effort. The Frenchman, who won a title in Doha the first week of the season, may be the most risky second-round opponent that a seed could face at this point in the tournament.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion endured surgery and months of rehab on the elbow, with the hopes of returning in Melbourne, the site of his most successful Grand Slam.

Wawrinka, who has been off the court for the same time as Djokovic, started in convincing fashion but appeared to be flagging when he lost the third set and trailed 3-0 in the fourth against Berankis.

The Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza fell out of the tournament after being beaten, 7-6 (1), 6-4, by Hsieh Su-wei.

Halep battled back to take the first set in a tiebreaker and despite going over on her ankle early in the second, she saw the match out comfortably to win 7-6 (5), 6-1.

With only a few exhibition matches last week to test his form, Nadal had doubts he'd be ready to go in time for the first major of the year.

Injuries have seen Raonic slide down the rankings and he will head back to the drawing board having seen Lacko come from a set down to clinch a second-round meeting with Nicolas Kicker. He then proceeded to take the last two points for set and the match. The 30-year-old won in four close sets 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6.

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