The 2015 Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments of the year, and the first Grand Slam of the season was made even more exciting by the fierce play on the courts of Melbourne Park.
With top stars such as Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal all advancing Wednesday and No. 1 seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams on tap for Day 4, tennis fans won’t have a chance to relax with all of the elite matchups on the schedule.
Here is all the vital viewing information for Day 4 at the 2015 Australian Open and a spoiler-free preview of the biggest matchups.
Where: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Watch: ESPN 2
Replay Coverage: ESPN 3 (3 to 11 a.m. ET)
Full Day 4 Schedule: AusOpen.com
Matchups to Watch
No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. Andrey Kuznetsov
Few players came into the Australian Open with expectations as high as those on the world’s No. 1-ranked men’s tennis player, Novak Djokovic. After beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the first round, Djokovic looks to have regained his elite form.
When asked about his slow start in the first set against Bedene and what may have caused the issues, Djokovic spoke honestly with ATPWorldTour.com about his first-round match.
"It hasn't been an ideal couple of weeks in terms of health and preparation," he said. "But I fought my way through. Now it's behind me. I'm only looking forward. I think I did well in terms of responding to the slow start today, feeling a little bit rusty on the court. So hopefully the next one will be even better."
In the second round, Djokovic will square off with Andrey Kuznetsov. While the 23-year-old Russian may be overmatched against the tournament’s top seed, he played well against Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the first round, winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3).
Kuznetsov played well at the end of the 2014 season, but Djokovic is finding his rhythm as he prepares to make another deep run at the Australian Open. Djokovic has won three of the last four Grand Slams from Australia and is looking for his fifth title at Melbourne Park overall.
With the size, speed and experience to continue dominating the tournament, Djokovic should be able to advance past Kuznetsov and build momentum for a run to another championship.
No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Vera Zvonareva
While there is no doubting that Djokovic is the most dominant male tennis player in the world right now, No. 1 seed Serena Williams has been just as dominant on the women’s side of the Australian Open bracket.
In the first round, Williams cruised past Alison Van Uytvanck in the first set but struggled to put her away. Williams eventually won 6-0, 6-4 but she is clearly taking singles completion more seriously after dropping out of the doubles tournament, according to Greg Stutchbury of Reuters.
Before action got underway in this year’s tournament, Williams told the ESPN Tennis Twitter account about how she still gets nervous before matches:
In the second round, Williams will square off against 30-year-old Vera Zvonareva. The Russian player dominated Ons Jabeur 6-2, 6-3 in the first round, but she is outmatched against the strength and power of the world’s No. 1 player.
Williams may have five Australian Open titles, but she hasn’t won since 2010. Add two fourth-round exits in the last three years, and there are still question marks surrounding her.
As long as she plays the game and stays healthy, Williams should have no problem advancing past Zvonareva.
Stats and information via AusOpen.com.