Australian Open 2021 tennis LIVE updates - Nick Kyrgios coming up, Novak Djokovic through
It’s day three at the 2021 Australian Open! A conveyer belt of talent awaits including Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Dominic Thiem. Plus there’s bound to be more fireworks with Nick Kyrgios also on the menu. Watch every match live and ad-free on the Eurosport app and eurosport.co.uk.
The final set rather got away from Cressy after the closer opening two, but he can be pleased with his performance on this stage.
11:30 - Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) Humbert
Kyrgios goes 4-1 up and holds his arms out as if to acknowledge the crowd and his own brilliance. This is an incredible tie-break. Going the distance here in what's become a cauldron on John Cain Arena.
11:20 - Cressy 5-7, 4-6 Zverev
Zverev has improved his first serve no end in this second set, ramping up the statistics. The key statistic is capitalising on two break point chances out of seven in the match so far.
10:40 - Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4, 3-6 Humbert
As always, Kyrgios is his own worst enemy, starting at 15-0 down after that last warning, and smashing another racket as he loses this final game to love. Nine unforced errors for him in that set.
Cressy 5-7 Zverev
Zverev holds to take the first set but Cressy needn't be disheartened, this has been rather even so far.
10:08 - Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4 Humbert
Tremendous passing shots from Humbert, wrongfooting Kyrgios and hitting the line beautifully. The Australian has a moan at the umpire about the game being ruined by let calls, or something, but ultimately it makes no difference to the set.
09:28 - Kyrgios 5-7 Humbert
What terrific returning from Ugo Humbert to get the first break of the match at the ideal time.
09:23 - Garcia 2-6, 3-6 Osaka
A superlative performance from Naomi Osaka, finishing this match with an ace, holding to love, and dismissing Caroline Garcia in just 61 minutes. She smiles and waves to the crowd, and that was professional.
08:50 - Garcia 2-6 Osaka
First set to Naomi Osaka on Rod Laver Arena. This is just relentless from Osaka, using her power to get to three set points - but Garcia grits her teeth and shores up her serve to level at deuce. Then she double-faults to hand over a fourth set point, which Osaka finally snaffles. A swift first set for the third seed, who isn't really exerting herself too much as yet.
The American took the set on a tie-break, and he reacted with unbridled delight as he levelled up the match against the reigning champion and world number one.
'I love this s***! I love it!' - Tiafoe reacts to winning second set
07:30 - Djokovic: A very tough match
“Very tough match," he said post-match. "It was difficult conditions. We had very warm and long rallies. I want to give a hand to Frances again for a great fight. It was a fantastic match on his part.
"If I was to choose I would like to have these kind of matches in the opening week but the matches are only going to get tougher with higher seeds each round progressing in the tournament. It’s not the first time that I’m in this kind of situation. I know how to handle this kind of circumstances but at the same time I was fortunate to get through the third set today.
"It was really anybody’s game and Frances played great served very well. It’s probably the most aces I’ve served to someone in a long time so it was just high quality tennis. He gave it all and it was an unfortunate warning that took away the first serve from him at 30-30 when I broke his serve. These kind of things are just unlucky because he deserved better. But it is what it is and I hope he’ll have a great year.
“Various things affect my positive performance here at the Rod Laver Arena. Over the years when you win a lot on a certain court you feel more comfortable coming to the same court each year.
“It feels like my living room, I feel comfortably playing here. The surface has changed over the years, it’s the quickest court I have ever played on here at Rod Laver Arena in the last 15 years so you need a big serve.”
07:20 - Djokovic into the third round
Novak Djokovic is into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 win over a resilient Frances Tiafoe on Rod Laver Arena.
He will play another American - Reilly Opelka or Taylor Fritz - in the third round.
07:10 - Djokovic close to victory
Djokovic is fuming with the umpire after a time violation as he goes down a break in the fourth set.
Djokovic is now just two games away from a place in the third round.
06:50 - Tiafoe holding on
Tiafoe is hanging on in there in the fourth set. We are still on serve after three games. The unseeded player shouts out a "lets go" to the crowd as he heads for his chair.
06:35 - Djokovic wins it
The world number one gets himself four break points and he takes the first one with a slick forehand into the open space to Tiafoe's right. He wins it 7-2.
Djokovic is firmly in the driving seat and it will require something truly special for Tiafoe to pull this back now. But never say never...
Shapovalov has won the second set 6-3 against Tomic and is a break up in the third. It looks like he will set up an all-Canadian tie against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round.
06:30 - Djokovic ahead
Djokovic has a mini-break, leading 4-2 in the tie-break.
So here we go then, a third-set tie-break which Tiafoe will confident about having won the last one.
06:20 - Tiafoe holds
Tiafoe saves two set points and plays a brilliant winner down the line to hold his service game. It's 5-5. What a match the 23-year-old is having. You can see he is loving it out there.
06:15 - Thiem: I'm going to watch Kyrgios match
"I’m feeling great," Thiem said post-match. "I really love Margaret Court Arena. I think I have a pretty good statistics on this court so I’m super happy to be back. Today was a good match, I think my best so far in Australia and a lot of good stuff to build on.
"I’m going to watch that match. I haven’t faced either opponent [Kyrgios or Humbert].
"Nick I think we just played a few games but he had to retire so I don’t know how it is to play against either of them but I’m looking forward to it. Let the best man win and I’ll wait for them on Friday.”
"She hits the ball so hard and it took me a while to adjust to the game but once I was in there I felt that I could beat her and I felt quite confident. I’m really happy and very happy with this win. In the second set she stepped up a bit and I backed off and I think today was a matter of who took control of the point.
"In the second I played too defensive but once that was over I tried to get back closer to the line and to try to dictate the point and it worked.
The main thing right now is recovery. I was one of the few in hard quarantine so right now playing two hours in 30 degrees heat takes a bit more out of me than normal but it’s impressive to come out of quarantine for 15 days without hitting a ball and be able to compete the way I did today. I did not expect it.
04:24 - Djokovic roars
Djokovic lets out a fist pump and a roar to the vocal crowd in attendance as he broke Tiafoe again. The reigning champion swept up the set in 33 minutes.
04:15 - Tiafoe breaks back
Some great resilience on display from the young American Tiafoe as he gets himself three break points and converts to get back on serve with the world number one. Game on!
04:06 - Kvitova out!
Sorana Cirstea produces a surprising 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 victory over 2019 Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova on a sun-drenched Margaret Court Arena.
That is her best win in nearly four years and her biggest win in a grand slam for nine years.
The Romanian ranked 68 in the world will play another Czech - Marketa Vondrousova – in the third round.
03:52 - Djokovic begins
It's a superb start from Djokovic against Tiafoe as he opens with a love service game.
Djokovic kickstarted his title defence in Melbourne with a dominant straight-sets win over in-form Jeremy Chardy.
03:50 - Cirstea close to victory
After saving three break points in the second game for a magnificent hold, Cirstea follows it up with her second break of the set and the match looks to be hers. The Romanian leads 6-4 1-6 3-0.
03:45 - How about this for a passing shot
Felix Auger-Aliassime is through to the third round with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over Australia's James Duckworth and he produced this brilliant shot on his way to doing so 👇
'Oh my goodness' - A spectacular passing shot from Auger Aliassime
03:35 - Kvitova takes second set
After 40 minutes Petra Kvitova wins the second set 6-1 meaning it is 1-1 between her and her opponent Cirstea on Margaret Court Arena.
But the third set starts with Cirstea breaking her Czech opponent with a backhand passing shot.
03:30 - Serena: I'm having fun
"She pushed me very hard and she played really well so I had to really fight for all the games," she said post-match.
"It's always good to see young players like her come out and so well because it's exciting for women's tennis. I wasn't thinking so much in the second as I was in the first. I kind of just let go and saw what happened.
"I did catch the end of the Super Bowl! It was amazing. It was pretty cool to watch Tom Brady win it was pretty cool.
"I have to go home and get ready and to the best [for the next round]. I am happy to be out here and have fun and to be playing in front of a crowd again is really cool. Every day is just fun."
03:25 - Serena through
An ace seals it. Former world number one Serena Williams eases her way into the third round of the Australian Open with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 win over Nina Stojanovic in one hour and nine minutes on Rod Laver Arena.
Serena never looked back after that as the 23-Grand Slam winner bagelled her opponent, finishing with an ace to progress to the next round where she will face promising 19-year-old Russian Anastasia Potapova.
03:22 - And again...
We're heading for a bagel as Serena is one game away from a place in the third round.
03:15 - Serena breaks again
Another Stojanovic unforced error into the net gives Serena a commanding 3-0 lead in the second set in 15 minutes. This looks to be Serena's match.
03:05 - Make that a set and a break up
Serena Williams has two break points in the opening game of the second set.
After losing the first one to a second serve ace from Stojanovic, the Serb fired a forehand into the trams to give the 23-time Grand Slam winner the lead.
Kvitova has broken again to go 3-0 up in the second set as she looks to find a way back into her clash against Cirstea.
03:00 - Serena a set up
Serena Williams was tested in the opening set but she takes the opener 6-3 in 44 minutes with a fierce forehand volley.
02:55 - Kvitova breaks
That's better from Kvitova. Leaving the court after the first set looks to have helped as she wins her second break point in the second set opener.
02:48 - Cirstea wins first set
Kvitova double faults for the third time, with the Czech's serving proving a problem all set with a 50 per cent first serve percentage, and Cirstea takes the opening set 6-4.
02:40 - Serena a break up
Serena, on her fourth break point, goes 3-1 up after Stojanovic plays a limp backhand into the net. The unseeded Serb is putting up a fight out on Rod Laver Arena.
Kvitova has got her groove back. She has broken back against Cirstea and they're back on serve.
02:36 - Cirstea in front
This set has been turned on its head as Cirstea races to three break points as Kvitova makes her 14th unforced error to hand the unseeded 30-year-old the game. Cirstea leads 5-3.
02:32 - Cirstea breaks back
We're back on serve in Kvitova v Cirstea as the Romanian plays a brilliant forehand into the open space to make it 3-3. Cirstea was delighted with that one as she pumps her fist.
Kvitova is making way too many unforced errors at the moment.
Highlights: Andreescu dumped from AO by crafty Hsieh
02:20 - Serena takes the first game
Similar to the first round, it is another slightly shaky start from Serena but she holds her serve after going to deuce.
02:06 - Serena steps onto the court
Serena Williams is out on court and is going through her warm-ups.
After her first-round win against Laura Siegemund, she opened up about her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.
‘I wouldn’t be able to function without her’ – Serena Williams on daughter Alexis
Kvitova has gone a break up in her opening game against Cirstea.
01:55 - Coming up...
Serena Williams is set to take on Serbia's Nina Stojanovic on Rod Laver Arena.
Williams dismantled Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1 in 56 minutes in the first round which calmed any shoulder injury concerns that made her withdraw from last week's warm-up tournament.
Highlights: Serena storms past Siegemund
Also coming up at the same time over on Margaret Court Arena is ninth seed Petra Kvitova, coming off a successful 2020 when she recorded 12 wins at Grand Slams, against Romania's Sorana Cirstea.
01:45 - Hsieh: I found a way
"It's strange I normally feel more excited to play against a better player because you know they have all the skill in the court so you need to find a way to get through and play your game.
"It's always not easy but the crowd is always the best for us to keep fighting."
'It's always not easy' - Hsieh's funny interview after knocking out Andreescu
01:38 - Hsieh knocks out Andreescu!
The 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu has been knocked out by world number 71 Hsieh Su-wei in the second round of the Australian Open 6-3, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.
Andreescu simply could not cope with Hsieh’s awkward style as the Taiwanese player come out on top in most rallies in what was predominantly a baseline battle.
Hsieh will face either Venus Williams or Sara Errani in the third round.
01:29 - A great hold
Hsieh is one game away from knocking out the world number nine after hanging in there to save two break points.
01:22 - Hsieh breaks yet again
Hsieh breaks again! She shows great control to place her backhand shot right into the corner and now leads 4-2 in the second set.
01:15 - Angry Andreescu breaks back
Andreescu looks motivated now. At 3-1 down she quickly racks up three break points and powers back an aggressive forehand on the Hsieh serve to break to love.
01:05 - Hsieh breaks again
This looks to be going one way. Hsieh's groundstrokes are proving too troublesome for Andreescu who has shown signs of rust in this second round contest. Hsieh is now in a commanding lead.
00:53 - Hsieh a set up
After 39 minutes the world number 71 takes the set on Andreescu's serve.
Andreescu is looking a lot better than she did at the beginning of the match, but Hsieh is 1-0 up.
00:45 - Andreescu breaks back
Andreescu improved as the set progressed as she got into a rhythm with some hard-hitting shots from the baseline. She saves two set points before taking her first break point on offer.
Hsieh leads 5-3.
00:25 - Andreescu two breaks down
We're only 12 minutes in and Andreescu is struggling to deal with Hsieh's awkward game. The Chinese Taipei player has started brilliantly and now leads 3-0 after clinically capitalising on her one break point with a forehand winner.
00:20 - We are underway!
Andreescu gets Day 3 underway on a sun-drenched Rod Laver Arena and the Canadian eighth seed loses her opening game. Hsieh is a break up with a nice backhand down the line.
It's Day 3 of the Australian Open and we have some cracking games in store. First up it's Bianca Andreescu vs Hsieh Su-wei.
Mats Wilander in the Eurosport Cube is delighted to see Andreescu back. The Canadian had been away from competitive tennis for 15 months before the slam.
"I love the way she plays. Her body language is very positive. She's very creative, can hit a great a variety of shots and is also a great mover."
He added: "I'd be shocked if Andreescu doesn't win pretty easily. At the same time we have to take into consideration that she hasn't played many matches recently and we also have to wonder about her physical status because she's been injured so much.
"Any time we see Andreescu back on the court we are happy."
Today's top action
It's another packed schedule in Melbourne on Wednesday with Grand Slam champions everywhere you look - Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu to name just five, and that's just in the singles.
Djokovic, who Eurosport expert Mats Wilander thinks is getting better by the day, comes up against the USA's Frances Tiafoe, by no means an easy opponent, and indeed a former quarter-finalist in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, Canada's Andreescu - just returning to full fitness - will have plenty to think about as she starts the day on Rod Laver Arena against Hsieh Su-wei. There could be fireworks.
Order of play, singles - Wednesday February 10
Rod Laver Arena
Play starts at 12 midnight UK time
Bianca Andreescu (CAN)  v Hsieh Su-wei (TPE)
Not before 2am UK time
Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Serena Williams (USA) 
Novak Djokovic (SRB)  v Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Night session - from 8am UK time
Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Naomi Osaka (JPN) 
Maxime Cressy (USA) [Q] v Alexander Zverev (GER) 
Margaret Court Arena
Day session - from 12 midnight UK time
Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)  v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE) 
Dominic Thiem (AUT)  v Dominik Koepfer (GER)
Night session - from 8am UK time
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Simona Halep (ROU) 
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)  v Alex Bolt (AUS [WC]
John Cain Arena
Day session - from 1am UK time
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)  v Martons Fucsovics (HUN)