Australian Open 2024 live scores, schedule, order of play: Alex De Minaur start time, Naomi Osaka

Australian Chris O’Connell’s gruelling four-hour victory over World No.88 Cristian Garin was a gripping encounter for those lucky enough to get to Court 3 to watch the pulsating encounter.

The gritty Aussie twice fought back, after dropping the first and third sets, to send the match to a deciding fifth set. Only fans were left scratching their heads about how to watch it.

The early portion of the match had been broadcast on Channel 9, before being switched to a secondary channel to accommodate for the news at 6pm.

However once the tennis coverage returned after the news, the focus was on previewing Novak Djokovic’s clash with rising star Dino Prizmic – while Australia’s Jason Kubler, who went down in five sets in his own first-round epic, was given priority over O’Connell on the back-up channel.

Meaning many fans missed out as O’Connell launched his Open campaign with a stirring fightback in the fifth set to win 3-6 7-5 4-6 6-1 7-5.

Viewers attempting to watch the conclusion of the match needed to stream it either on 9Now or the subscription service Stan Sport – however on social media fans vented their fury.

“Channel 9 waits till Chris O’Connell is into the 5th set, then makes him disappear. Just imagine how these morons will butcher the Olympics,” wrote Albie Patts on Twitter.

O’Connell will next face the winner of 16th seed Ben Shelton and Spanish veteran Roberto Bautista Agut, who play later on Monday.

8.30AM: THE REST OF DAY TWO ACTION ANALYSED

In-form US Open champion and fourth seed Coco Gauff kicks off the day’s action on centre court, fresh from defending her Auckland Classic title in the lead-up.

The 19-year-old American faces Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova and will be followed on court by seventh seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, whose job became a lot easier when opponent Matteo Berrettini withdrew with a foot injury on Sunday.

Tsitsipas, who powered into the final last year but was no match for a dominant Novak Djokovic, was due to meet the former world No.6 Italian but will now face Belgian lucky loser Zizou Bergs.

In another standout match, dangerous Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime will spar with Austrian 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem on Margaret Court Arena.

The winner of that clash could face Daniil Medvedev in the third round, should the Russian get past French qualifier Terence Atmane.

Medvedev, a Melbourne finalist in 2021 and 2022, has pledged to be “more mature’ this year and cut out the tantrums that are a hallmark of his game.

“Hopefully I can achieve it this season, and we’re going to see a new Daniil Medvedev,” he said.

Other players in action on day two include five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray, Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova, and women’s sixth seed Ons Jabeur.

8.00AM – OSAKA RETURN HEADLINES DAY TWO

Naomi Osaka makes her comeback to grand slam tennis on day two of the Australian Open Monday.

New mum Osaka, 26, stepped away from the sport in September 2022, citing mental health concerns.

After giving birth to a baby girl, Shai, in July, the Japanese star decided to return for the 2024 season, but she has a huge first hurdle to clear in 16th-seeded Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia.

They will grace Rod Laver Arena in the evening session, following on from Australian 10th seed Alex de Minaur’s clash with big-serving Canadian veteran Milos Raonic.

“I have a much more positive mindset and a much more grateful mindset,” four-time grand slam champion Osaka said of returning to Melbourne, the scene of her title-winning exploits in 2019 and 2021.

“Super-excited to be back. It’s been really fun so far.”

Originally published as Australian Open 2024 day 2: Latest news, results and highlights from Melbourne Park

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