Anderson gets off to a decent start at Australian Open

Anderson gets off to a decent start at Australian Open

The South African, a runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon previous year, had failed to reach the second round at Melbourne Park since 2015, but made no mistake this time round.

The 22nd-seeded Ostapenko, who also advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon a year ago, had beaten Sakkari in three sets in their only previous meeting at Charleston in 2017.

The 21-year-old Opelka, an inch taller than the 6ft-10in Isner (2.08m), broke the ninth seed's flawless 9-0 winning record against Americans at the Grand Slams in a match featuring 87 aces.

She was in control of the second set from the offset, serving strongly and hitting accurate returns to run Townsend around in the heat. But he was broken there, missing one backhand followed by a trio of forehands.

The No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal had little trouble despite missing a lot of tennis since September.

Sharapova, who won the Australian Open in 2008, will meet Swede Rebecca Peterson in the second round.

The 17-time major victor hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the US Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November.

"Not easy to come back after a lot of months, especially against a player playing super aggressive on every point", said the 2009 Australian champion, who showed no sign of any injury worries.

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You look at him and Nadal and he seems to be the slight favourite as the greatest player that ever played the game.' On Federer's attempt to win his 100th career-title, the former world no. 2 Tommy Haas said: 'Unbelievable, I think that it's just a matter of time.

Fifth seeded Sloane Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion who struggled in her warm-up tournaments in Brisbane and Sydney, got back to business with an easy two-set win against fellow American Taylor Townsend. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.

Nadal swatted aside the home hope Duckworth 6-4 6-3 7-5 in a performance that eased concerns over his fitness ahead of the season's first major.

Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams - to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco at Melbourne Park in 2016.

Edmund made 36 unforced errors, 22 more than Berdych.

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1.

Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday.

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