Follow live updates from the Australian Open as Novak Djokovic faces Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the fourth round. Djokovic is targeting a 10th Australian Open title following his dramatic return to Melbourne but looks vulnerable due to a hamstring injury.
Djokovic limped through his four-set win over Enzo Couacaud in the second round and admitted his hamstring is “not good at all” ahead of his clash with Dimitrov. “I just need God to help me now,” Djokovic said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to recover for a tough match-up in the next round.”
Dimitrov, the former world number three, is yet to drop a set this week but has lost nine of his ten career meetings with Djokovic. The 31-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2017 and is a dangerous opponent for Djokovic to face at this stage, especially given his condition.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut less than two days after the longest match of his career, which saw the 35-year-old complete an astonishing comeback at 4am to defeat Thanasi Kokkinakis from two sets down and in five hours and 45 minutes.
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Australian Open 2023 LIVE - Latest scores and results
Novak Djokovic takes on Grigor Dimitrov with match set to start at 8am GMT
Djokovic looking to reach fourth round amid concerns over hamstring injury
Andy Murray faces Roberto Bautista Agut less than two days after longest match of career
Australian Open 2023: Results - women’s singles
06:05 , Jamie Braidwood
Donna Vekic, Croatia, def. Nuria Parrizas Diaz, Spain, 6-2, 6-2.Karolina Pliskova (30), Czech Republic, def. Varvara Gracheva, Russia, 6-4, 6-2.Zhang Shuai (23), China, def. Katie Volynets, United States, 6-3, 6-2.Belinda Bencic (12), Switzerland, def. Camila Giorgi, Italy, 6-2, 7-5.Aryna Sabalenka (5), Belarus, def. Elise Mertens (26), Belgium, 6-2, 6-3.
Australian Open 2023: Bencic through to last-16
06:02 , Jamie Braidwood
Swiss 12th seed Belinda Bencic eased into the last-16 for the first time since 2016 after a 6-2 7-5 win over Camila Giorgi.
Italian Giorgi broke Bencic to level the second set at 5-5 before the Olympic champion broke back and served out the match.
“I’m happy I got a second chance to serve it out but overall I think it was a great match,” Bencic said.
Australian Open 2023: Pliskova advances
06:00 , Jamie Braidwood
Former world number one Karolina Pliskova brushed aside Russia’s Varvara Gracheva 6-4 6-2 to advance to the fourth round.
“It’s the third round of a slam so there’s never an easy match, no matter who is the opponent, no matter the ranking,” said 30th seed Pliskova.