Bad news for Brits in Melbourne

Emma Raducanu has bowed out of the Australian Open on day four after losing to Danka Vinkovic while Andy Murray is also out following a straight-sets loss to Taro Daniel.

Notable men’s matches on Friday:

Carlos Alcaraz vs Matteo Berrettini (R3 – 03:00) 

Alexander Zverev vs Radu Albot (R3 – 05:00)

Karen Khachanov vs Rafael Nadal (R3 – 09:30)

Notable women’s matches on Friday:

Victoria Azarenka vs Elena Svitolina (R3 – 00:00)

Amanda Anisimova vs Naomi Osaka (R3 – 08:00)

Ashleigh Barty vs Camila Giorgi (R3 – 08:00)

Defending US Open champion Raducanu was playing in the second round after defeating American Sloane Stephens in round one.

She was up against the Montenegrin world number 98 and was expected to perform well but a blister on her hand severely impacted her display.

Raducanu came out of the block quickly, racing into a 3-0 lead in the first set before she required treatment, the result of which cost her the first set.

Her levels rose in set two and she took it 6-4 but the 19-year-old was in visible discomfort and ended up losing the deciding set 6-3.

Kovinic, who is now on her best-ever run at a Grand Slam tournament, praised Raducanu in defeat.

“Emma has had amazing results, winning a Grand Slam at such a young age,” she said. “She is an amazing talent. I’m just so happy I could play such a high level.

“I was a little bit low in my energy through the third set so I tried to focus on myself, not show much emotion and save my energy.”

Meanwhile, former Wimbledon and US Open champion Andy Murray has also been knocked out after losing to Japanese player Taro Daniel.

The Scotsman was subdued in his performance, losing 6-4 6-4 6-4 to the world number 120.

It was a contrasting performance to the one on Tuesday when he defeated Georgian world number 21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in five gruelling sets.

Elsewhere, Heather Watson lost in straight sets to Tamara Zidansek though there was some good news for the Brits as Dan Evans (200/1 Australian Open outright) got through to round three following the retirement of his opponent Arthur Rinderknech.

In the men’s singles, top seed Daniil Medvedev (6/4 Australian Open outright) got through to round three after beating home favourite Nick Kyrgios while fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas (14/1) also progressed.

Women’s number two seed Aryna Sabalenka (16/1 Australian Open outright) got through to round three but third seed Garbine Muguruza lost in straight sets to Alize Cornet.

On Friday, Rafael Nadal (4/1 Australian Open outright), the only ex-winner of the tournament left in the men’s field, takes on Russian Karen Khachanov while Alexander Zverev (5/2) is in action against Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot.

Home favorite and world number one Ash Barty will be hoping to win her first Slam title on home soil and she faces number 30 seed Camila Giorgi (Match betting – Barty 1/16, Giorgi 7/1) in round three.

Author: Micheal Ramirez