Australian Open Day 2 live updates: Nick Kyrgios’ long-running feud to take centre stage

Welcome to news.com.au’s live coverage of the second day of play at the Australian Open.

The opening day wasn’t kind to the local hopes as three out of four men on the schedule were sent packing.

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Australia’s biggest hope in Alex de Minaur takes to the stage on Monday night as a host of other big names hit the courts.

A total of 11 Aussies will take to the courts on a day with potential showers and even thunderstorms predicted to hit in the afternoon.

Don’t miss a second of the action with all the updates from Melbourne Park right here.

9.30am – Kyrgios feud reignites at Aussie Open

Nick Kyrgios isn’t on the court, but the Australian star is making his presence felt at the Australian Open from behind the microphone.

All eyes and ears will be locked into the day two action when Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas takes to the court with Kyrgios calling his first round match.

The two men have a long and frosty history that reached new heights during a fiery third round contest that unfolded at Wimbledon in 2022.

During the contest Kyrgios called for Tsitsipas to be defaulted after he hit a ball into the crowd and appeared to hit someone.

The feud was then reignited with the release of the second season of Break Point on Netflix.

Now the latest chapter in the rivalry will be added at Melbourne Park with Kyrgios set to call Tsitsipas’ match against Zizou Bergs as a part of ESPN’s commentary crew.

The move to have the Aussie calling his long-time rivals contest left social media users rushing to prepare the popcorn.

“On this should be interesting,” one wrote.

Another wrote: “give us the Wimby chaos behind the scenes.”

A third replied with a gif of The Joker saying “and here we go”.

9am – Kyrgios’ bold Novak Djokovic claim

Kyrgios was in the commentary booth on the opening night and while watching Novak Djokovic’s opening round encounter unfold he made a bold call about his standing in the sporting world.

“He’s in the conversation for greatest athlete ever with what he’s achieving,” Kyrgios said on Eurosport’s coverage.

“Seems like he’s got every shot in the book out and showing us why he’s the greatest player on the planet.”

Djokovic, 36, ultimately got the better of 18-year-old Croatian qualifier Dino Prizmic in a thrilling battle that went over four hours.

With 24-grand slam titles to his name, the Aussie believes the curtain is far from falling on Djokovic’s historic career.

“He’s getting older, his game’s getting better, he’s moving better… incredible. What do you have to do to beat him?” Kyrgios said.

“With no major injury, he definitely could play into his 40s.

“When you’ve achieved so much and become an icon in the sport, everyone wants you, they wanna take you down and they play their best tennis. So every single time Novak Djokovic goes out on to the court, it’s not easy for him. That’s even more credit to him.

“He has to keep studying these young players like Prizmic and keep adapting. Look how his game has adapted over the last five years. He just seems to rise to the occasion every single time.

“Never has a bad day; I suppose today would be one of his bad days — and he’s still winning.

“He was telling me he’s missing his family and if he wins this event, it’s potentially another two weeks away from his beautiful family, but yet he’s still got the same motivation to win. It’s insane what he’s doing.”

Australian Open Day 2 schedule and results

Rod Laver Arena from 12pm (AEDT)

Coco Gauff (USA) [4] vs Anna Schmiedlova (SLO)

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) [7] vs Zizou Bergs (BEL)

From 7pm

Alex de Minaur (AUS) [10] vs Milos Raonic

Caroline Garcia (FRA) [16] vs Naomi Osaka

Margaret Court Arena from 12pm

Daniil Medvedev (RUS) [3] vs Terence Atmane (FRA)

Donna Vekic (CRO) [21] vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

From 7pm

Ons Jabeur (TUN) [6] vs Yuliia Starodubtseva (UKR)

John Cain Arena from 11am

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) [7] vs Dayana Yastremska (UKR)

Alexei Popyrin (AUS) vs Marc Polmans (AUS)

Daria Saville (AUS) vs Magdalena Frech (POL)

From 5pm

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) [9] vs Omar Jasika (AUS)

Other Australians in action

Storm Hunter vs Sara Errani (ITA)

Taylah Preston vs Elina Svitolina (UKR) [19]

Rinky Hijikata vs Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) [24]

Aleksandar Vukic vs Jordan Thompson

James Duckworth vs Luca Van Assche (FRA)

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