Superstars Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic headline the day session as round two gets underway at the Australian Open.

But local fans will be keen to see how the five locals go on Wednesday, including Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.

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James Duckworth conceded his future looked “grim” when three foot operations left him unable to run or even hop three years ago.

But feeling pain free, the 29-year-old Aussie is eyeing off a first-ever spot in the Australian Open third round and is hitting the ball “as well as I have for five years”.

All told Duckworth has undergone eight surgeries on foot, shoulder and elbow injuries since February 2017. The constant injuries did lead to those “is it all over?” moments.

But continually looking for answers pushed him towards a recovery that now has him on the precipice of his best Australian Open return.

A victory over Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday will advance Duckworth to the third round for the first time in eight attempts at Melbourne Park.

“In 2017 and the first part of 2018, when I had the three foot operations, that was really tough. There were quite a few periods where I just wasn’t improving … there was a fair bit of uncertainty,” Duckworth said after his first round win.

“Going through such a long stage where I couldn’t run, couldn’t jump, couldn’t hop … was tough.

“Once I overcome that first step and could slowly jump pain free, I gradually improved.

“I wouldn’t say I ever thought about giving up, but there were times it was looking pretty grim. That year-and-a-half, tennis wise, was the worst I have had in my career.”

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The turnaround has been strong. Last year Duckworth achieved a career-high ranking of 71, played Davis Cup, and on Monday broke a first-round losing streak at Grand Slams that stretched back to 2015.

“I definitely appreciate being healthy, playing these events and winning matches like these a lot more after going through those rough periods,” Duckworth said.

“The last three, four months, I am happy with how I am hitting the ball. I probably haven’t hit the ball this well for five years, so I’m really happy and confident in myself right now. Hopefully, I can win a few more matches.”

Duckworth will be joined in action on Wednesday by South Australian Alex Bolt, who has a tougher match against Bulgarian 18th seed, Grigor Dimitrov.

– Russell Gould, Newswire



Rod Laver Arena

From 11am

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) [8] v Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE)

Not before 1pm

Nina Stojanovic (SRB) v Serena Williams (USA) [10]

Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Frances Tiafoe (USA)

From 7pm

Caroline Garcia (FRA) v Naomi Osaka (JPN) [3]

Maxime Cressy (USA) v Alexander Zverev (GER) [6]

Show Court 1

From 11am

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) [7] v Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

Sorana Cirstrea (ROU) v Petra Kvitova (CZE) [9]

Dominic Thiem (AUT) [3] v Dominik Koepfer (GER)

From 7pm

Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v Simona Halep (ROU) [2]

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [18] v Alex Bolt (AUS)

John Cain Arena

Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [17] v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)

Venus Williams (USA) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Iga Swiatek (POL) [15] v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Not before 7pm

Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v Ugo Humbert (FRA) [29]

Aussies in action

Court 3

Second match

James Duckworth (AUS) v Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) [20]

Fourth match

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) [11] v Bernard Tomic (AUS)

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