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|" Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball during his men's singles second round match against Quentin Halys of France at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne , Australia, Jan. 20, 2016. Djokovic won 3-0. (XinhuaXu Yanyan) Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns the ball during his men's singles second round match against Quentin Halys of France at the Australian Open Tennis Championships in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 20, 2016. Djokovic won 3-0. (XinhuaXu Yanyan)
MELBOURNE, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic managed to shake off a late challenge during his second-round match at the Australian Open , while women's sixth seed Petra Kvitova was spectacularly upset in straight sets on Wednesday.
Kvitova - a two-time Wimbledon champion - joined top seeds Simona Halep (2) and Venus Williams ( as early casualties from the women's draw, after she was demolished in straight sets by Australian world No. 39 Daria Gavrilova, 6-4, 6-4.
However, in the lead-up to the Australian Open, the Czech world No. 7 did pull out of a tournament citing sickness. It showed, as she never seemed in touch with the Australian who wrapped up the match in one hour and 29 minutes.
Meanwhile , on Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic was in control early against French wildcard Quentin Halys, but was pushed to a tiebreak in the third set.
Despite the late challenge, the five-time Australian Open champion closed out the match with class, winning 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Following his match , the Serb praised 19-year-old Halys, telling the host broadcaster that he played beyond his years and not at all like a wildcard.
""He's new on the tour but today he definitely didn't play like it,"" Djokovic told the crowd after the win.
Earlier, fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska shook off a second-round test against the unseeded Eugenie Bouchard, winning 6-4, 6-2.
Bouchard, a finalist at Wimbledon and a semi-finalist in Melbourne , suffered an injury late last year which pushed her down the rankings, and Radwanska said the match was a good test moving forward in the tournament.
""There is always someone in the draw not seeded that you normally play in the second round or even first round,"" Radwanska said at her press conference.
""Of course, she's one of those players that should have ranking. She is very dangerous in the draw.""
Local hope Nick Kyrgios also won, the enigmatic 20-year-old has booked a showdown with big serving Czech Tomas Berdych after both men managed straight sets wins.
Kyrgios said he would be drawing on past experiences to try and upset the world No. 6 on Friday.
""I've played him a couple of times. He's going to want the win as much as I'll want it. It'll be a tough match,"" Kyrgios said in his press conference.
Elsewhere, Chinese wildcard Han Xinyun was eliminated in straight sets by Yulia Putintseva , while 9th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga accounted for young Australian Omar Jasika.
The second round of the Australian Open continues in Melbourne on Thursday.
MADRID -- Thousands of people throughout Spain protested on Saturday against the war in Syria in a series of concentrations which were accompanied by both politicians and famous personalities.
The anti-war manifesto, "No en nuestro nombre" (Not in our name), which has gathered 34,000 signatures during the past week was presented in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville , Bilbao, San Sebastian, Zaragoza, Murcia and other major population centers. (Spain-Protest)
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SKOPJE -- Total of 18 Macedonian police officers were injured Saturday afternoon, when migrants trying to enter Macedonia from Greece started to throw rocks at the police forces securing the border line, Macedonian Ministry of Interior informed.
According to the police, the migrants started to throw rocks with the purpose to breach the police line and forcefully enter the country. Two police officers suffered severe injuries in the head and several police and army vehicles were demolished. (Macedonia-Refugee Crisis)
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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed a decree imposing economic sanctions against Turkey after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border Tuesday.
The presidential decree , which was posted at the website of the Kremlin, said a ban of charter flights from Russia to Turkey will be introduced, and Russian tourism operators should stop selling tour packages to Turkey. (Russia-Turkey-Economic Sanctions)
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CAIRO -- Unknown militants shot four policemen dead Saturday on the road to the pyramids in Egypt's Giza province, state media reported.
Masked militants on a motor bike opened fire at the security forces in a check point, southern antiquities area of the Pyramids, in Nomrous district, official news agency MENA reported. (Egypt-Militant Attack)
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DAMASCUS -- The Syrian army said on Saturday it had information that Turkey increased its support to the militant groups in Syria in exchange for stolen Syrian and Iraqi oil and artifacts , according to the state news agency SANA.
The military statement further charged that rebel convoys move freely through the Turkish borders, adding that what Turkey pretends to be humanitarian aid is nothing but weapon shipments. (Syria-Turkey-Conflicts)
BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore and Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio have been recalled to Argentina's squad for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong next month.
But there was no place for in-form forward Carlos Tevez, who was again overlooked despite having scored three goals in his past three matches for Juventus.
Albiceleste coach Gerardo Martino also included uncapped Juventus midfielder Roberto Pereyra for the clash against Brazil in Beijing on October 11 a.