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Australian Open order of play on Thursday: Halep, Nadal, Zverev all in action

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Romania's Simona Halep hits a return against Jennifer Brady of the US during their women's singles match on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne

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ByEurosport
22/01/2020 at 23:29 | Updated 23/01/2020 at 00:29

Australian Open 2020 order of play - find details of all the singles matches on showcourts at the Australian Open. You can watch every second of every match on Eurosport Player.

DAY FOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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Rafael Nadal headlines the action on Rod Laver Arena as he faces Argentina's Federico Delbonis in the second round of the singles. Alexander Zverev. who's pledged to donate his entire prize money to bushfire relief should he win the tournament, is playing on the same court earlier in the day, against Egor Gerasimov, the world number 98.

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Karolina Pliskova, the second seed on the women's side of the draw, has a tough task against Germany's Laura Siegemund.

MATCH OF THE DAY

Don't take your eyes off the first match on Margaret Court Arena - sixth seed Belinda Bencic takes on one-time French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. The Latvian has had a difficult time of it lately, but crushed Ludmilla Samsonova 6-1, 6-4 in the first round. Meanwhile, the Swiss enjoyed a resurgent 2019, only fading slightly at the last. This should be good.

POTENTIAL UPSET OF THE DAY

Expect America's Lauren Davis to give fifth seed Elina Svitolina more than a little to think about as they headline the day on Margaret Court Arena.

BRITWATCH

What a day it will be for qualifier Harriet Dart - starting the night session off, on Rod Laver Arena no less, against fourth seed Simona Halep. The 23-year-old had a massive match in the first round last year when she faced 30th seed Maria Sharapova - and was served up a double bagel. She will have learnt plenty from that.

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Heather Watson had to wait a long time to play her first-round match, but she's back on court quickly - playing Elise Mertens, the 16th seed, on Court 22.

Elsewhere, 14th seeds Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski get their doubles campaign under way, facing Hubert Hurkacz and Vasek Pospisil. Luke Bambridge partners Ben McLachlan against Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares while Joe Salisbury teams up with Rajeev Ram to play another Brit, Cam Norrie, who pairs with Marton Fucsovics; and Ken Skupski partners Santiago Gonzalez against John Millman and Soonwoo Kwon.

SHOWCOURT SCHEDULE (play starts at midnight UK time)

Rod Laver Arena

  • Garbine Muguruza (ESP) v Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)
  • Laura Siegemund (GER) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • Ergo Gerasimov (BLR) v Alexander Zverev (GER) [7]

Not before 08:00 GMT

  • [Q] Harriet Dart (GBR) v Simona Halep (ROU) [4]
  • Rafael Nadal (ESP) [1] v Federico Delbonis (ARG)

Margaret Court Arena

  • Belinda Bencic (SUI) [6] v Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  • Daniil Medvedev (RUS) [4] v [Q] Pedro Martinez (ESP)
  • [WC] Priscilla Hon (AUS) v Angelique Kerber (GER) [17]

Not before 08:00 GMT

  • Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [15]
  • Elina Svitolina (UKR) [5] v Lauren Davis (USA)

Melbourne Arena

  • Donna Vekic (CRO) [18] v Alize Cornet (FRA)
  • [WC] Jessica Moore (AUS) / Astra Sharma (AUS) v Ashleigh Barty (AUS) / Julia Goerges (GER)
  • [WC] Alex Bolt (AUS) v Dominic Thiem (AUT) [5]
  • Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [23] v Gilles Simon (FRA)

1573 Arena

  • CiCi Bellis (USA) v Karolina Muchova (CZE) [20]
  • Gael Monfils (FRA) [10] v Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
  • Taylor Fritz (USA) [29] v Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • Dalila Jakupovic (SLO) / Raluca Olaru (ROU) v Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [2]

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