Monfils needed to be checked by a tournament doctor on in the second set when the torrid conditions left him appearing woozy at times.
The feisty and indefatigable Halep levelled, 6-4, and then the dramatic third set ensured this match would stay in the memory banks when 2018's bid for the match of the year comes around.
On Thursday, it was a different story as Sharapova sped through a sizzling first set in just 23 minutes, losing just nine points. Dropping her third round match to Anett Kontaveit, she does at least tie her best career performance so far at the major tournament.
"I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus, that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age", Sharapova said.
The third round women's singles match between Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova will be played at the Rod Laver Arena from 7pm local time, 1:30pm IST. She beat fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam in the first round here.
The fast-improving 20-year-old Japanese beat many Australians' hope for future home champion, Ashleigh Barty, 6-4, 6-2. Along the way, he has won five of his 19 Grand Slam singles titles. The Russian superstar, who won her only title on her comeback run in Tianjin past year, feels she can produce consistent results in the coming days.
Thiem counted 21 aces among his 57 winners in the match.
"I tried to reset and focus on the next match", Bencic said.
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Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young.
The 13th-seeded Querrey was one of 10 American players - men and women - to reach the second round from the 32 who started the main draws, the lowest number of Americans through to the second round in Melbourne since seven in 2011.
French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko is out of the action.
But the German, who lost in the fourth round in Melbourne as the top seed a year ago, was showing a return to her old self when she arrived this week. At 30-30 in the seventh game, she struck three winners, two off the forehand, to earn a break point. No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat U.S. qualifier Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2, leaving U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys as the only American woman to reach the fourth round. Notably, the title in Sydney earlier this month was her first since the 2016 US Open title.
His defense moved through another round with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win over No. 29 Richard Gasquet. "I feel like I transported myself into the TV this year and I'm finding myself on Rod Laver Arena competing".
Aware of the threat that Sharapova's booming game posed, Kerber never really let the Russian settle into the match.
Five-time major victor Sharapova was back at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2016, when a failed doping test led to a 15-month ban from tennis.
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The pair met for the first time in the third round of the Australian Open in 2012 with Sharapova coming through in straight sets.