Australian Open Day 4 lineup: Azarenka, Murray, Muguruza in action
Here are the matches to watch on Thursday on Day 4 of the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne. Play begins on all courts at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Click here for the full order of play, and see the full TV schedule here.
Hewitt headlines night session on RLA
After beating fellow countryman James Duckworth on Tuesday, Lleyton Hewitt will continue his 20th and final Australian with another primetime match on Thursday, this time with a tougher test against No. 8-seed David Ferrer.
Before Hewitt takes the court, Ana Ivanovic will start the day against Anastasija Sevastova, followed by No. 3 Garbine Muguruza taking on Kirsten Flipkens. Andy Murray and Sam Groth (third match, Rod Laver) will meet for the first time in their careers on Thursday to conclude the day session.
Azarenka’s title quest continues
After cruising through her opening match on Tuesday in just 60 minutes, No. 14-seed Victoria Azarenka will take on Danka Kovinic (second match, Margaret Court), who defeated American Samantha Crawford in the first round.
No. 15-seed Madison Keys looks to follow-up her tough win over Zarina Diyas in the first round against Yaroslava Shvedova (third match, Margaret Court) on Thursday. In the night session, Angelique Kerber will take on Alexandra Dulgheru and Australian Bernard Tomic plays Simone Bolelli in the final match on Margaret Court on Thursday.
More Americans in action on Day 4
John Isner woke up very early in Melbourne to watch his beloved Carolina Panthers on Sunday, but luckily you won’t have to alter your sleeping schedule or reset your alarm clock to watch the No. 10-seed at the Australian Open on Thursday. Isner kicks off the day’s action against Marcel Granollers (7 p.m. ET, Hisense Arena).
Jack Sock, who beat 18-year-old Fritz in one of the strangest matches of the day on Tuesday, will play Czech Lukas Rosol (fourth match, Show Court 2). American Vania King is also in action against Barbora Strycova (first match, Show Court 3).
Johanna Konta vs. Saisai Zheng (first match, Court 8): After taking down No. 8-seed Venus Williams on Tuesday, Konta is back in action against World No. 83 Zheng.
Radek Stepanek vs. Stan Wawrinka (not before 2 a.m. ET, Hisense Arena): Stepanek leads the head-to-head matchup against No. 4-seed Wawrinka, but the Swiss has won in their two previous meetings.
“Always a tough opponent,” Wawrinka said of Stepanek ahead of their match. “Play him last year in Tokyo. Tough match. He's always playing good…Quite fast surface, so he should serve and volley, playing flat. All depends little bit how I'm going to play. If I'm serving well, playing well, aggressive, hopefully I can [make] it through.”
Martina Hingis/Sania Mirza vs. Mariana Duque-Marino/Teliana Pereira (second match, Court 3): The World No. 1 women’s doubles team looks to continue their success after winning their 11th WTA title in Sydney last week.
More matches to watch: Gael Monfils vs. Nicolas Mahut (first match, Margaret Court); Andrey Kuznetsov vs. Jeremy Chardy (fourth match, Court 8); Tim Smyczek vs. Viktor Troicki (third match, Court 8); Alize Cornet vs. Shuai Zhang (third match, Show Court 2); Fernando Verdasco vs. Dudi Sela (third match, Show Court 3); Milos Raonic vs. Tommy Robredo (second match, Show Court 2)