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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic

Former world No.1s and ex-Australian Open champions Maria Sharapova of Russian Federation and Angelique Kerber of Germany on Thursday eased past Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova and Croatia's Donna Vekic respectively to set up an intriguing match in the third round of the Australian Open.

Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month doping ban, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a five-time major victor as she destroyed gritty Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) on Rod Laver Arena. The US women had three wins and 14 losses in round one.

"I really think she doesn't care what the crowd will do or say because criticism does not bother Maria".

"I've got shivers. It means a lot to me", Sharapova said. But it felt pretty routine today. I'm very happy with the second serve.

On the men's side, Milos Raonic slumped to his earliest exit at a Grand Slam since 2011, losing in the first round to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4). "I'm still feeling young". "Some things are coming a little slower than I wanted". Of course, I was thinking about it as it was my favourite tournament of the year by far.

Former champion Maria Sharapova will not be bothered by what reception she receives when she plays her first Australian Open match since completing a doping ban on Tuesday, according to three-time Melbourne victor Mats Wilander.

"I know what to do on court". I'm not overly confident. A month ago I did not know if I was ready.

"She was suspended for a while, now she's back and I'm sure people will be in their seats to watch her come back".

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With this impressive win Sharapova looks very capable of making another deep run at this year's Australian Open.

That was her only hold though as Sharapova won the next five games to take the first set 6-1.

Defending champion Roger Federer admits he's keeping a close eye on Novak Djokovic as the Serbian attempts to emulate the Swiss' incredible 2017 Australian Open comeback.

The news was better for 13th seed and last year's Wimbledon semi-finalist Sam Querrey who eased through a tough looking first round draw with Feliciano Lopez thanks to a 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over the veteran Spaniard.

Bedene created two chances on the Federer serve but could not take either and the second seed still had several gears to go as he cantered over the finish line.

However, in the second game of the second set she rolled her left ankle and, although she emerged an ultimately comfortable 7-6 (7/5) 6-1 victor, Halep must now no hope there are no repercussions for her second-round match with Eugenie Bouchard. "I want to see whether I am on that level".

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

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