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Australian Open Day 4 photos: Wild finish to second round

Australian Open Lightning strikes over Melbourne Park during a first-round doubles match. (Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Day 4 at the Australian Open didn't lack for storylines or drama.

Extreme heat and lightning kept the weather front and center. Maria Sharapova narrowly escaped. Juan Martin del Potro wasn't as unfortunate, losing a late-night five-setter to Roberto Bautista Agut. Andy Murray closed out his victory by winning 23 consecutive points. Nick Kyrgios, 18, made quite an impression in a five-set loss to Benoit Paire. And Donald Young notched a career-best result here with a second-round upset of No. 24 Andreas Seppi.

Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 4.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal: Amid all the noise, the ferocity is constant. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Donald Young

Donald Young: The 24-year-old American upset Seppi 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 for his first third-round appearance at a Slam since the 2011 U.S. Open. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova: The No. 3 seed was stretched to the limit in a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 victory over Karin Knapp. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Jerzy Janowicz

Jerzy Janowicz: This should be everyone's new Facebook cover photo. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils: Reduce, reuse, recycle.  (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova: Beats by Pova. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: We are mercifully using this picture instead of the ones of Tsonga wearing a visor sideways because we prefer our Tsonga fierce and fiery, not looking like a washed up tennis pro. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images)

Benoit Paire

Benoit Paire: The Frenchman takes (and breaks) the baton passed on by Ernests Gulbis. (Eugene Hoshiko/AP)

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki: The Dane reached the third round with an up-and-down performance against Christina McHale. (Aaron Favila/AP)
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