In addition to the pair of marquee names, dark-horse contenders like Li Na, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka will also take to the court on Wednesday, Jan. 15, as the temperatures—and singles action—heat up Down Under.
With the Tennis Channel kicking off coverage at 7 p.m. ET and ESPN2 taking over from 9 p.m. ET until 7 a.m. ET, there will be plenty to watch for.
Here we'll get you set with a preview of what's to come on Day 3 at Melbourne Park.
|Day 3 Schedule of Play (Singles)|
|Venue (Start Time)||Matchups|
|Rod Laver Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Li Na (4) vs. Belinda Bencic|
|Serena Williams (1) vs. Vesna Dolonc|
|Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Leonardo Mayer|
|Rod Laver Arena (3 a.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Samantha Stosur (17) vs. Tsvetana Pironkova|
|Vasek Pospisil (28) vs. Matthew Ebden|
|Hisense Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Tomas Berdych (7) vs. Kenny De Schepper|
|David Ferrer (3) vs. Adrian Mannarino|
|Kirsten Flipkens (18) vs. Casey Dellacqua|
|Margaret Court Arena (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Sabine Lisicki (15) vs. Monica Niculescu|
|Flavia Pennetta (28) vs. Monica Puig|
|Angelique Kerber (9) vs. Alla Kudryavtseva|
|Ernests Gulbis (23) vs. Sam Querrey|
|Margaret Court Arena (3 a.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (8) vs. Alejandro Falla|
|Show Court 2 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Richard Gasquet (9) vs. Nikolay Davydenko|
|Tommy Robredo (17) vs. Julien Benneteau|
|Eugenie Bouchard (30) vs. Virginie Razzano|
|Ana Ivanovic (14) vs. Annika Beck|
|Show Court 3 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Ekaterina Makarova (22) vs. Irina Falconi|
|Jerzy Janowicz (20) vs. Pablo Andujar|
|Yanina Wickmayer vs. Alison Riske|
|Fabio Fognini (15) vs. Jarkko Nieminen|
|Court 6 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Mona Barthel vs. Luksika Kumkhum|
|Jeremy Chardy (29) vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov|
|Kevin Anderson (19) vs. Dominic Thiem|
|Court 8 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Mikhail Youzhny (14) vs. Florian Mayer|
|Dmitry Tursunov (30) vs. Denis Istomin|
|Jie Zheng vs. Madison Keys|
|Lauren Davis vs. Julia Goerges|
|Court 13 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Ivan Dodig (32) vs. Damir Dzumhur|
|Daniela Hantuchova (31) Karolina Pliskova|
|Court 19 (7 p.m. ET)||Second Round|
|Lucie Safarova (26) vs. Lucie Hradecka|
|Edouard Roger-Vasselin vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez|
Djoker, Serena Remain Heavy Favorites
Don't expect three-time defending men's champion Novak Djokovic or five-time women's champion Serena Williams to fall on Day 3.
Both players will take to Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon session against overmatched foes.
Djokovic will battle world No. 98 Leonardo Mayer while Williams is scheduled to take on world No. 104 Vesna Dolonc. Although neither favorite has history with their second-round opponent, their opening-round performances and favorable draws suggest they'll cruise in Round 2, per The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
Williams' unrivaled serve was exceptional in her win over Ashleigh Barty, as she dropped just six of 34 total points on serve in the match. The world No. 1 was also good for 31 winners in the straight-sets rout.
Meanwhile, Djokovic's serve was every bit as lethal. The men's No. 2 seed won 78 percent of his total service points for the match and recorded 10 aces to zero double faults in his straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko.
While both players will tell you there are areas where they can improve moving forward, there's no doubt they are playing well enough to reach the third round at Melbourne Park.
|Day 3 Predictions for Top Seeds|
|Projected Result||Projected Score|
|Serena Williams (1) def. Vesna Dolonc||6-1, 6-1|
|Novak Djokovic (2) def. Leonardo Mayer||6-4, 6-2, 6-2|
|David Ferrer (3) def. Adrian Mannarino||7-5, 6-4, 6-3|
|Li Na (4) def. Belinda Bencic||6-3, 6-1|
|Tomas Berdych (7) def. Kenny De Schepper||6-4, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (8) def. Alejandro Falla||6-3, 6-4, 6-2|
|Richard Gasquet (9) def. Nikolay Davydenko||5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3|
|Angelique Kerber (9) def. Alla Kudryavtseva||6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
Underrated Matches to Watch For on Day 3
No. 23 Ernests Gulbis vs. Sam Querrey
After surviving four-set matches in Round 1, American Sam Querrey and Latvian Ernests Gulbis will square off in one of Day 3's most intriguing second-round singles matchups.
The two players have split their previous four matches dating back to the 2009 French Open and have had some competitive encounters over the past few years. In addition to an experienced and challenging opponent, Gulbis will have to overcome the fact he's never been past the second round in Australia.
Querrey reached the third round Down Under in 2013 but will need to continue to serve big in the second round if he hopes to improve upon that performance.
Keep in mind Querrey landed 24 aces in his first-round triumph over Santiago Giraldo. He'll need to maintain that pace against Gulbis, who has been known to unravel. The world No. 24 got away with committing 79 unforced errors in his opening-round win over Juan Monaco, but he will need to clean up his swing and be more patient on Day 3 if he hopes to prevail.
Tennis fans certainly won't want to miss Nikolay Davydenko vs. No. 9 Richard Gasquet, the first match scheduled on Show Court 2 on Day 3.
It's rare that we get two accomplished and dangerous players matched up against one another so early in a Grand Slam. However, Davydenko's descent in the rankings in recent years has set up a second-round showdown with tons of potential.
Gasquet is the No. 9 seed in the men's draw and leads the overall head-to-head with Davydenko 5-2, but a lack of success at the Australian Open makes him anything but a lock against a four-time Aussie Open quarterfinalist in Davydenko.
Still, there's no doubt that the Frenchman will be a bit fresher on Day 3 after making short work of countryman David Guez in Round 1. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Davydenko needed nearly four hours and all five sets to get past Poland's Lukasz Kubot.
While Gasquet will be favored to advance, this match could easily go the distance.
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