Rafael Nadal remains on course for a record 21st Grand Slam after he brushed aside German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets, while there were also wins for Alexander Zverev, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Notable Men’s Matches on Thursday:

Dan Evans vs Arthur Rinderknech (R2 – 01:30)

Andy Murray vs Taro Daniel (R2 – 06:30)

Nick Kyrgios vs Daniil Medvedev (R2 – 08:05)

Notable Women’s Matches on Thursday:

Aryna Sabalenka vs Xin Wang (R2 – 01:30)

Heather Watson vs Tamara Zidansek (R2 – 02:30)

Emma Raducanu vs Danka Kovinic (R2 – 08:05)

Nadal, who is 4/1 to win the tournament outright, eased past Hanfmann as the Spanish star won convincingly 6-2 6-3 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena to set up a third-round clash against 28th seed Karen Khachanov.

Zverev, who is seeded third, also won in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 6-0, against local star John Millman and he will now play Moldovan qualifier Radu Albot in the third round.

Afterwards he paid tribute to the fans who created what he described as an “amazing atmosphere” as the Australian supporters got behind Millman.

He said: “I feel good, I won, I could really feel you guys have been in lockdown for two years. It was an amazing atmosphere, and hopefully it will stay the same and get even louder for the next matches. I enjoy the noise, enjoy being on court, spectators bring the emotion.”

Elsewhere in the men’s second round, 10th seed Hubert Hurkacz was knocked out by veteran Adrian Mannarino, Sebastian Korda saw off Corentin Moutet and there were also wins for Carlos Alcaraz, Pablo Carreno Busta, Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov and Reilly Opelka.

In the Women’s draw, world No.1 Barty again impressed when she easily saw off Italian qualifier Lucia Bronzetti 6-1 6-1 in just 52 minutes and defending champion Osaka beat American Madison Brengle 6-0 6-4.

Ukrainian 15th seed Elina Svitolina, meanwhile, progressed after her opponent, Harmony Tan, suffered a calf injury and was stretchered off court, while Spanish eighth seed Paula Badosa beat Italian Martina Trevisan.

Other players who made it through to the third round included Madison Keys, Maria Sakkari, Barbora Krejcikova, Jelena Ostapenko and Wang Qiang.

On Thursday, the British interest resumes in both the men’s and women’s sections when 24th seed Dan Evans (1/3) goes up against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech (9/4) and Andy Murray (2/9) takes on Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel (3/1).

Heather Watson is also back in action when she faces 29th seed Tamara Zidansek (Watson 13/8, Zidansek 1/2) and US Open champion Emma Raducanu will take on unseeded Montenegrin player Danka Kovinic (Raducanu 2/11, Kovinic 7/2).

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