The Latest: 2018 runner-up Cilic gets past McDonald of US

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local): 5:20 p.m.

The Bryan brothers have reunited as a doubles combination at a Grand Slam tournament and have opened with a 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) win over Alex Bolt and Marc Polmans at the Australian Open.

Bob Bryan was sidelined last year after injuring his hip in the lead-up to the French Open, and Mike paired with fellow American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and the ATP Finals, taking the world No. 1 ranking on his own.

With Bob back to full fitness, the 40-year-old twins returned for the ASB Classic in Auckland earlier this month and reached the semifinals before heading to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

The Bryan brothers, who have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles together, will meet Adrian Mannarino and Andreas Mies in the second round at Melbourne Park.


5:15 p.m.

Defending champion Roger Federer's strong run against qualifiers at Grand Slam tournaments continued with a 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Daniel Evans in the second round at the Australian Open.

Federer also maintained his 100 percent record of reaching the third round at the Australian Open — 20 times in a row.

The six-time Australian Open champion has lost just once in 27 matches against qualifiers in majors, and that came to Mario Ancic at Wimbledon 17 years ago.

After two tougher-than-expected sets, Federer broke Evans' serve to take a 3-1 lead in the third set and served out the match.

The 37-year-old Federer will play either Gael Monfils or Taylor Fritz in the third round.

4:35 p.m.

Marin Cilic capped a 25-ace performance with a pair to serve out a second-round victory at the Australian Open, beating 81st-ranked Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 7-5, 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4.

Cilic was the runner-up here to Roger Federer last year and is seeded No. 6 this time.

Cilic hasn't lost at Melbourne Park to anyone ranked as low as McDonald since 2007.


4:25 p.m.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson let a sizable lead slip away amid problems with his serving arm and lost to 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in the Australian Open's second round.

The No. 5-seeded Anderson was the runner-up at Wimbledon last year and the U.S. Open in 2017 and had won all three previous matchups against the 39th-ranked Tiafoe.

But after trailing by a set and 3-0 in the second, Tiafoe turned this match around to get to the third round at a major for the second time.

Anderson received repeated visits from a trainer for his bothersome right arm.


3:45 p.m.

American teenager Amanda Anisimova has advanced to the third round at the Australian Open with a 6-0, 6-2 win over 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko.

Tsurenko, a finalist at the Brisbane International two weeks ago, had only nine winners in the 54-minute match.

The 17-year-old Anisimova, born in New Jersey to Russian-born parents, is ranked 92nd and the youngest of all players currently ranked in the top 100.

3:30 p.m.

Ashleigh Barty's coach is ill and away from Melbourne Park while the Australian player continues in singles and doubles at the Australian Open. Barty said after her second-round win over Wang Yafan that her coach Craig Tyzzer is bed-ridden and that she's getting help in the meantime from Australian Fed Cup coach Alicia Molik.

"He's on bed rest at the moment," Barty said of Tyzzer. "Extremely lucky to have a Fed Cup captain in (Molik), who ... is also around a lot of the slams. It's a very seamless transition."

Barty said she is still communicating with Tyzzer by phone.

3:10 p.m.

Light rain showers suspended play briefly on Rod Laver Arena but the roofs on the main show court and two other arenas remained open.

Ball boys and girls used towels to wipe the white lines on the court on Rod Laver Arena during the second-round match between defending champion Roger Federer and Daniel Evans.

Play resumed after a delay of less than five minutes.

2:20 p.m.

The brightest local hope for an Australian Open women's title in decades is through to the third round at Melbourne Park. Ashleigh Barty beat Wang Yafan 6-2, 6-3 in a Rod Laver Arena match.

The 15th-seeded Barty was a finalist at last week's Sydney International, beating No. 1-ranked Simona Halep along the way.

Barty left tennis for more than a year in 2016 to play top-level cricket despite no formal training in the sport, and has risen up the tennis rankings since her return, winning three WTA events.

The last Australian winner of the Australian Open's women's singles title was Chris O'Neill in 1978.