Kerber KO's Sharapova in Melbourne

Will Ferrell interviewed the great Roger Federer on court

Kerber though acknowledges she has to be at her best to beat Sharapova, who is looking hungrier than ever for success.

Argentinean Juan Martin del Potro fired 60 winners on his way to a 6-4 7-6 (4) 6-7 (0) 6-4 second-round victory over Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation.

French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she almost fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park.

"I'm off to have an ice bath", was all he managed to say after the marathon match.

Maria Sharapova lost to Angelique Kerber in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, on the Rod Laver Arena at the Australian Open on Saturday. Garcia will need to recover from her three-setter to face No. 17 seed Madison Keys, who was a 6-3, 6-4 victor over Ana Bogdan.

Six minutes later and a third break, this time to love, brought the first set to the German who celebrated her 30th birthday earlier this week by taking it with just two unforced errors.

Federer is yet to drop a set in Melbourne as he seeks a 20th grand slam title.

Chung showed another sign of his promise by coolly closing out a five-set win over German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, a player many pundits have widely tipped as a future grand slam victor. He began a fightback after losing the first two sets to Hungary's Marton Fucsovics but winning the third.

The second seeded Swiss, who is coming off an extraordinary 2017, when he won a fifth Australian Open title and a record eighth at Wimbledon, faces Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

Nearly down and out, she broke Kerber for the first time and held to get back on serve at 2-2. I was really trying to play my game.

"I love being in the city", said Sharapova.

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Roger Federer has arguably the most attractive single-handed backhands in tennis. The lucky guys on the big courts, they get to play under the roof.

"Yeah, absolutely, why not?"

"Honestly, I thought it's over at that moment, but was good because I relaxed my arm and I served pretty well those three balls", said Halep.

An error-prone Sharapova double-faulted on the way to dropping serve to trail 0-2 in the second set.

On Courier's request, Federer also performed the 'smoldering intensity' on court.

The final set lasted two hours and 22 minutes while the 48 games equals the most for a women's match in Australian Open history, tying the 1996 quarter-final between Chanda Rubin Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, which Rubin won 6-4 2-6 16-14. The former world No 1 had to drop out of the year's first Slam to go for a hip surgery.

She is now guided by prominent Belgian coach Wim Fissette, who split with Romanian top seed Simona Halep at the end of the 2016 season. It happened in NY.

Tournament organisers said they had been "close" to calling a halt to play and shutting the main stadiums roofs.

In a news conference, Djokovic was immediately asked about the timeout and replied: "It was okay".

In this case, play will be suspended on the outer courts, while matches continue with the roof closed at Melbourne Park's three larger arenas.

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