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Nadal, Wawrinka tested on day four of Australian Open

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永旺appRafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka had their credentials tested on day four of the Australian Open on Wednesday, both overcoming surprise challenges to progress to round three.

Among those joining them were Simona Halep, Daniil Medvedev, Karolina Pliskova, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios.

永旺appNadal was pushed to a second set tiebreak against Argentina's Federico Delbonis, after failing to clinch a break of his opponent's serve.

Despite otherwise dominating the contest, the legendary Spaniard looked like going to four sets before eventually reclaiming a firm grip on the match and winning 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1.

"When you are not able to convert the break point after who knows how many chances, then of course you are in trouble," Nadal told Xinhua after the match.

永旺app"But I'm happy that I was able to play, I think a good tiebreak, to win that second set and then the third I think I played much better."

永旺appOne of those who did go to a fourth, and then a fifth set, was Switzerland's three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka, who endured a surprise three and a half hour battle with Italy's Andreas Seppi, which ended 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Gael Monfils serves during the men's singles second round match between Gael Monfils of France and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia at the 2020 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 23, 2020. (Photo by Bai Xue/Xinhua)

Earlier, bad weather once again wreaked havoc with scheduling on the outdoor courts at Melbourne Park, with play starting late and some matches postponed.

永旺appThis time it was dirty rain caused by lingering dust clouds above the city, forcing tournament workers to sweep muddy water from the outdoor courts before the matches could begin.

Under the protection of the stadium roof, fourth seed Medvedev of Russia progressed with relative ease, beating Spaniard Pedro Martinez 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.

In the women's draw, former World No. 1 Simona Halep moved through to the next round despite a late fightback from her opponent Harriet Dart, with a final score of 6-2, 6-4. Dart was the final British singles player to depart the tournament.

永旺appAnother former women's world No. 1, Karolina Pliskova from the Czech Republic, also progressed to round three, beating Germany's Laura Siegemund 6-3, 6-3.

永旺appColorful Australian Nick Kyrgios gave the home crowd something to cheer, beating Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Playing from two sets up, the controversial Australian decided to employ some of his trademark theatrics.

After receiving a questionable violation for taking too long to serve, Kyrgios responded by imitating Nadal's serving ritual, mimicking tucking his hair behind his ears, raising a smile from the umpire.

永旺appThe theatrics proved unwise, however, with Kyrgios dropping the next set and bringing his victory into jeopardy.

Despite the possibility of an embarrassing loss, Kyrgios once again served himself out of trouble, breaking Simon late in the third set and delivering two aces to seal the final game.

When asked about Kyrgios' impersonation of him, Nadal said that he had more important things to worry about.

永旺app"I really don't care," he said, "I'm here to play tennis."

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