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Australian Open Day 5 must-see matchups

MATCHES TO WATCH ON DAY FIVE OF THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN:

* 17-Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v 15-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Kyrgios is yet to drop a set and looks to have combined his undeniable raw talent with a newfound maturity. Australia’s last remaining male contender overcame all sorts of distractions, including a heckling fan, during his victory over Viktor Troicki. He will take on his childhood idol and 2008 runner-up Tsonga under lights on Rod Laver Arena. The Frenchman has shown that he remains a force to be reckoned with, coming back from the brink of defeat to see off Canadian prodigy Denis Shapovalov in the second round.

* 4-Elina Svitolina (UKR) v Marta Kostyuk (UKR)

An all-Ukrainian showdown which could have huge implications for the women’s field. With big names dropping like flies, title favourite Svitolina – the last seeded player in her quarter of the draw – appears increasingly well-placed to claim her first major. But don’t write off Kostyuk. The 15-year-old qualifier and grand slam debutante clearly doesn’t fear the big stage despite being ranked outside the top 500. She is the youngest player to reach the third round at Melbourne Park since Martina Hingis in 1996.

* 3-Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) v 30-Andrey Rublev (RUS)

Third seed Dimitrov survived a massive scare on Wednesday to overcome American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald in five sets. He will need to be much more switched on against Russian powerhouse Andrey Rublev. The 20-year-old beat Dimitrov in straight sets at last year’s US Open and is fresh from victories over David Ferrer and Marcos Baghdatis in the opening rounds. Dimitrov, who lost to Rafael Nadal in an epic semi-final at Melbourne Park last year, will hope his all-round game can contain the powerful baseliner.

* 7-Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) v 32-Anett Kontaveit (EST)

With just two rounds completed, Latvian sensation Ostapenko finds herself as one of only three remaining grand slam winners in the women’s field at Melbourne Park along with Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova. Last year’s French Open champion has won plenty of admirers with her ultra-aggressive, all-or-nothing style. But the 20-year-old had to fight hard for a second-round victory over China’s Ying-Ying Duan in three sets. She is set for a Baltic showdown with Estonian dark horse Kontaveit, who accounted for German Mona Barthel in the second round.

* Kyle Edmund (GBR) v Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO)

The hopes of a nation rest upon the shoulders of South Africa-born Edmund, who is Britain’s last remaining hope after Johanna Konta lost in straight sets on Thursday. The world No.49 has never gone beyond the third round at Melbourne Park but made an impressive start to this year’s campaign, beating South African 11th seed Kevin Anderson in five sets. He comes up against the world No.61 in Basilashvili, with the pair set to swelter outdoors in an afternoon clash in 42C conditions.

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