Day three turned out to be a day of survival for many top players. On the women’s side, world number two, Caroline Wozniacki was down and out in the third set. Her opponent Jaba Fett was 5-1 up and was serving for the match at 40-15. Wozniacki made a scintillating come back and won 6 consecutive games to take the set and the match. It was an astounding turn around. Belinda Bencic and Zhang S could not repeat their magic from the first round and crashed out of the tournament. Jelena Ostapenko survived a three set battle against Chinese player Duan.
On the men’s side, the match between Shapovalov and Tsonga went the distance. Although the french man did look rusty through out the match, he was able to pull a rabbit out of his hat just when it mattered most. The Canadian would be gutted to miss a wonderful opportunity but he has a long road ahead of him. Sugita, who impressed one and all in his opening match against Jack Sock, fought hard against the big serving Karlovic. The Croatian prevailed in the tough fifth set edging the Japanese player 12-10. World number one Rafael Nadal was tested by Leonardo Mayer in a tight third set but he came through unscathed. Local favorite Nick Kyrgios trounced Victor Troicki in straight sets amidst cheers from a largely Australian crowd.
The match of the day was Grigor Dimitrov vs Mackenzie Mcdonald. The American, ranked 186, almost caused a gigantic upset. Dimitrov survived by the skin of his teeth in the 5th set capitalizing on a double fault from his opponent. It was a fabulous match and the Bulgarian’s experience helped him through.