WEDNESDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Matthew Ebden (Australia) v 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain)
  • Katie Boulter (Britain) v 11-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)
  • 5-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA
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MATCH OF THE DAY

  • Matthew Ebden (Australia) v 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain)

World number two Rafael Nadal will look to continue his steady progress against local hope Matthew Ebden, 31, a man who fancies his chances of an upset due to his recent form. He is ranked 48th in the world after dropping to 695 three years ago, but believes he has the ability to trouble Nadal. "It’s not my first rodeo on centre court or in a grand slam or against a higher-ranked opponent,” said Ebden. "It’s definitely going to be one of my favourite matches. It’s going to be as big as any.”

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POTENTIAL UPSET OF THE DAY

  • Katie Boulter (Britain) v 11-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

British number three Katie Boulter set up a meeting with number 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka with a victory over Ekaterina Makarova. Boulter is inside the top 100 after turning professional in 2014. She produced a win over Veronica Cepede Royg at Wimbledon last year, and will believe she has the tools to trouble the Belarus player.

BRIT WATCH

  • Daniel Evans (Britain) v 3-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

Nine months after returning from a doping suspension, Dan Evans will look for his biggest victory when he takes on holder Roger Federer at the Australian Open on Wednesday. After Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie all bit the dust on Monday, Evans continued to carry the flag for Britain as he beat Japan's Tatsuma Ito 7-5 6-1 7-6 (8). It was Evans' first win in the main draw of a Grand Slam in nearly two years, setting up a second round clash with Federer.

The 28-year-old does not have fond memories of his last official meeting with Federer, when he was picked apart by the Swiss at Wimbledon three years ago, but cannot wait to have another crack at the 20-times major winner. "It's not very often you get to play Roger on obviously a pretty big court, I'm guessing. I look forward to it," Evans, who spent a year on the sidelines after being banned for cocaine use, said. Third seed Federer kicked off his campaign with a straight-sets win over Uzbek Denis Istomin on Monday and will look to maintain his service rhythm as he bids to reach the Melbourne third round for a 20th consecutive year.

ROD LAVER ARENA

  • 5-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) v Timea Babos (Hungary)
  • 15-Ashleigh Barty (Australia) v Wang Yafan (China)

Not before 0300 GMT

  • Daniel Evans (Britain) v 3-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

Not before 0800 GMT

  • Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil) v 2-Angelique Kerber (Germany)
  • Matthew Ebden (Australia) v 2-Rafa Nadal (Spain)

MARGARET COURT ARENA

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) v 9-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)
  • 5-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) v Frances Tiafoe (U.S.)
  • Johanna Larsson (Sweden) v 3-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)

Not before 0800 GMT

  • 27-Alex de Minaur (Australia) v Henri Laaksonen (Switzerland)
  • 30-Maria Sharapova (Russia) v Rebecca Peterson (Sweden)

MELBOURNE ARENA

  • 20-Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) v Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus)
  • 6-Marin Cilic (Croatia) v Mackenzie McDonald (US)
  • Katie Boulter (Britain) v 11-Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)

Not before 0600 GMT

  • 22-Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) v John Millman

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  • Zoe Hives (Aus) v 19-Caroline Garcia (Fra)
  • Jordan Thompson (Aus) v Andreas Seppi (Ita)
  • 30-Gael Monfils (Fra) v Taylor Harry Fritz (USA)
  • 8-Petra Kvitova (Cze) v Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom)

Court 3

  • 14-Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v Viktor Troicki (Ser)
  • Astra Sharma (Aus) v Maria Sakkari (Gre)
  • 29-Donna Vekic (Cro) v Kimberly Birrell (Aus)
  • 20-Grigor Dimitrov (Bul) v Pablo Cuevas (Uru)
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