What to look out for on Day Four of the Australian Open

After a brilliant third day’s action at the Australian Open, we look ahead at what Day Four has in store for us on Thursday.

Some of the big names will be in action on Thursday with the likes of second seed Serena Williams, 14-time grand slam winner Rafael Nadal, six-time and defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic, third seed Milos Raonic and women’s third seed Agnieszka Radwanska all being some of the players to catch in Thursday’s action.

What to look out for:

Can Serena keep winning streak going over Safarova?

American six-time Australian Open and world number two Serena Williams is up against Czech 61st ranked Lucie Safarova on Rod Laver Arena next in a second round clash.

Williams goes into the match having never lost to her opponent in nine meetings and will be hoping to keep that record going.

In her previous match, Williams saw off Switzerland's Belinda Bencic 6–4, 6–3 while Safarova beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 3-6, 7-6(7), 6-1. 

 

Nadal faces 2006 finalist Baghdatis next

Ninth seed and 2009 Australian Open winner Rafael Nadal of Spain will be in second round action against 2006  Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus on Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal has played Baghdatis nine times in before and has won eight of those meetings and should be too strong for his opponent but the Cypriot is a tough competitor so it could get interesting. 

In his opening match, Nadal cruised past Germany's Florian Mayer 6–3, 6–4, 6–4 and Baghdatis had it easy when Russian Mikhail Youzhny retired injured after dropping the first set.

Radwanska expecting to march past Thompson

Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland is expected to have few issues against 79th ranked Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia on Margaret Court Arena. 

Radwanska has faced Lucic-Baroni twice before and won both times.  

The pole won her last match against Tsvetana Pironkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 and Lucic-Baroni beat Qiang Wang 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

 

Djokovic looking to get past Istomin with few hassles

Second seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia will be up against 117th ranked Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan on Rod Laver Arena hoping for an easy path to the third round.

In five previous meetings against Istomin, the six-time Australian Open champion has won five times and is expected to have few problems.

In his opening match, Djokovic cruised past Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 while Istomin got past Croat Ivan Dodig 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

Raonic faces a potentially tough match against Muller

Canadian third seed Milos Raonic has a possible tricky task when he faces Luxembourg's Gilles Muller who won his first ATP singles title at the Sydney International just prior to the Australian Open. 

The 28th ranked Muller goes into the match against Raonic having never beaten him in their two previous encounters.

In their first round matches, Raonic defeated German veteran Dustin Brown 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 while Muller looked very good against big-serving American youngster Taylor Fritz when defeating him 7-6(6), 7-6(5), 6-3.

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