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Follow live: Aussie Open action

Roger Federer defeated Noah Rubin in straight sets to move on to Round 3. Watch the rest of the Australian Open action live on ESPN2 and streaming on the ESPN App/WatchESPN.

Federer, Kerber settling into groove ahead of second round (3:16)
Stars coming out to play on Day 4 of Australian Open (1:48)
Williams: Important to spread the message of equality (1:08)

Konta wins opening match at Melbourne Park

Johanna Konta has continued her red-hot start to 2017 by seeing off the challenge of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the opening round of the Australian Open.

16hESPN Staff

More from Day 2: Sam Stosur fails again

Samantha Stosur was unable to disguise her anguish after suffering yet another forgettable first-round Australian Open flop in Melbourne.

Rowdy Baghdatis fans asked to leave (0:45)
Murray, Lendl brave the heat during serving practice (0:35)
Serena wins in straight sets to advance at Australian Open (0:47)
WATCH - Grooving out at the Aussie Open (0:26)
Konta explains her Aussie moth encounter (0:26)
Kyrgios fanatics back Aussie favourite (0:30)
Wawrinka hits Klizan where it hurts (0:25)

Courier: Tennis needs 'wild horse' Kyrgios

Four-time Grand Slam champion Jim Courier is anointed himself as the number one ticket holder in the Nick Kyrgios fan club after describing the young Aussie tennis star as "good for the game".

Serena Williams going for milestone major title (2:43)
2dGaurav Kalra

Mirza primed for return to Slam-winning ways

Unperturbed at the loss of the top spot in the rankings, Sania Mirza is confident of a strong showing at the Australian Open with partner Barbora Strycova.

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2dPete Bodo

The tournament Serena Williams never wants to leave

One-hit wonders, sloping courts and timing around the holidays. That was the Australian Open in its infancy. Now pros like Serena Williams and Roger Federer praise the tournament.

5dGreg Garber

Roger Federer's secret sauce

It's really not that complicated if you ask Roger Federer. He's hungry and motivated, and he's ready to show the tennis world the damage a 35-year-old aging artist can do at the Australian Open.

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7dJohnette Howard

Who's the next Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

With some time and experience, Milos Raonic, Nick Kyrgios, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev each show promise to be the one to top the rankings.

7dJohnette Howard

Where the Big Four stand before the Australian Open

After injuries in 2016 for Federer and Nadal, a hit-and-miss year for Djokovic and a new place at the top for Murray, the Big Four will have plenty to prove at the Australian Open.


Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

The debate on how Grand Slams should handle long fifth sets arose again after Ivo Karlovic's 22-20 in-the-fifth win yesterday. Roger Federer weighed in on the topic after his second-round win: "I like the long set format, you know. I don't know what it is about it. I just find it intriguing. People are watching it now in the locker room. Everybody's watching it. They like to see what's happening. "The problem with these kind of matches is, like, it destroys your tournament after that usually because you just put so much mental effort into it, either just holding serve in that fifth set 10 times, 20 times, 30 times, 40 times, whatever it is. "I don't know if you can find a compromise. Maybe 6-All is a bit early to have a breaker. Maybe you can do 12-All. I'm fine with the way it is. If they change it, they change it."

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Things you see at the Australian Open: imagine you apply for a summer job. The tournament calls back and says, "Good news! We have a job for you!" And you say great! The bad news? You have to dress like a giant tennis ball and wear cartoonish gloves for two weeks in the potentially stifling heat. Okay?

Johnette Howard ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Kyrgios, Australia's best hope in this tournament, drew a big crowd for his warmup on a side court today. Now he's about to start his second-round match at the Australian Open against Andreas Seppi in Hitense Arena. It's only the No. 3 show court here but the 14th-seeded Kyrgios says it's his personal favorite. He just began the match with an ace.

Kamakshi Tandon @Kamakshi_Tandon

Looking at Federer's first two matches, Berdych seems the slight favorite next round though Federer fully capable of rising to the occasion.

Jenni Rutherford ESPN 

Nick Kyrgios looking relaxed and confident at his final hit-out before his second-round match against Andreas Seppi.