Wawrinka happy to be back, but still feeling pain

Wawrinka wins comeback match after six months out

The Swiss star, who next plays American Tennys Sandgren, said his plan was to keep going as far as he can to raise his fitness levels. That's a big step for me.

Stan Wawrinka is pleased with the current status of his return despite the loss at Melbourne Park.

Tennys Sandgren advances to the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.

. Her birthday gift? A blockbuster clash with 2008 victor Maria Sharapova in the next round.

Monfils needed to be checked by a tournament doctor on Rod Laver Arena in the second set when the torrid conditions left him appearing woozy at times.

"It feels incredible. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I'm in", said Pera, who next plays 20-ranked Barbora Strycova.

Ankle injury can't stop Halep's roll A ankle injury to her right ankle did not stop Simona Halep from easing through to the third round, the world No 1 defeating Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2 in 65 minutes.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to US lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut.

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French veteran Julien Benneteau recovered from a flat start to beat seventh seed David Goffin 1-6 7-6 (5) 6-1 7-6 (4) in the second round.

The crowd sang "Happy Birthday" and gave three hoorays to celebrate Kerber's 30th birthday. "But during the match, I just forgot about it". She didn't even know she had a spot in the main draw until another player withdrew on Monday. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.

Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova.

U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.

"It was obvious we both suffered on the court today", Djokovic said. Sandgren will next face Germany's Maximilian Marterer, now No. 92 in the ATP Rankings, who defeated 2009 semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and 27 minutes.

German fourth-seed Alexander Zverev eased into the third round with a routine 6-1 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over compatriot Peter Gojowczyk. "Really tough conditions - brutal".

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