Federer, Nadal Dominate At The Australian Open; Top Seeds Serena, Djokovic In Action Tuesday
by Staff | January 19th, 2015, 8:29 am
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The top two stars in tennis, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, showed off their talents on opening day at the Australian Open, cruising into the second round.

Nadal, who was playing in his first Grand Slam match in over six months, demolished a man who he had lost to four times before, Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

“[It was a] very positive result for me, I think a very good start,” said Nadal. “My return worked really well. The serve, too… In general, I played with not many mistakes.”

Nadal has made the finals the last two times he’s played in Australia, and his draw could take him through Roger Federer in the semifinals for a second straight year.

“All opponents are going to be difficult, and with the maximum respect for everybody and knowing that anything can happen in every round against anyone,” said Nadal who now plays Tim Smyczek. ‘So just going to go on court with the same spirit as today, maximum respect, trying to be very focus, and try to play little bit the same way like I did today. I think I did very positive things. I am trying to improve in the thing that I need to improve a little bit more.”

Federer was up in the evening, and the Swiss continued his recent Aussie success easing past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for win number 1001.

“I’m very pleased to make this one here tonight,” Federer said. “Winning first round, it’s always a bit of a relief. I thought I played good. So it was nice to get 1001 here now tonight.

Three-time finalist Andy Murray rolled past Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.

Tomas Berdych, Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin were among the other winners on the day. And in the late matches, 18-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis saved a bunch of break and matchpoints to upset Ernests Gulbis in five sets. Kokkinakis’s countryman Nick Kyrgios was also won in five over Argentine Federico Delbonis.

While things went to form on the men’s side, upsets reigned in the women’s draw with no fewer than eight seeded women sent home.

Former finalist Ana Ivanovic was the highest seed ousted. The No. 5 seed was dropped by doubles specialist Lucie Hradecka in three sets 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

“I was so nervous in the beginning. My hand was shaky,” Hradecka said.

“But I played one time against Ana before, at Wimbledon five years ago, and I had two match points, so my goal was if I had match point this time to finish it. And I’m so happy I did it this time.”

“I think the whole match I didn’t really feel like myself out there,” Ivanovic said. “It was really tough to find my rhythm a little bit, and in the third set I really felt like she raised her level on the court.

“I played okay in the beginning, but in the second and third set I really dropped my level.”

Ivanovic, who reached the finals in 2008. was looking forward to good run after a strong 2014 season.

“It’s really disappointing. It’s probably the worst thing that could happen,” Ivanovic said.

“But still, the year is young, and I really have to step back and work on a few things and maybe try to have a different approach to this kind of event, and try to see what was lacking here.”

Soon after, Angelique Kerber followed losing to Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.

Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova, both in the No. 1 hunt this week, had no such scares. Genie Bouchard also advanced.

“I played an opponent that’s capable of playing very good tennis,” Sharapova said of Petra Martic. “She’s been injured a little bit I believe in the last year or so, but she can play. She’s got some, you know, big weapons. For a first round against someone that’s already played a few matches, I knew I had to be really strong from the beginning.”

The Tuesday docket features top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams aplus defending champion Stan Wawrinka, former No. 1s Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams, and in the match of the day it’s 2-time champion Victoria Azarenka against Sloane Stephens.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TUESDAY SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena 11:00am Start Time
Samantha Stosur (AUS)[20] vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU)
Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[4] vs. Marsel Ilhan (TUR)
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[1] vs. Aljaz Bedene (SLO)

Rod Laver Arena 7:00pm Start Time
Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) vs. Ze Zhang (CHN)
Shelby Rogers (USA) vs. Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)

Margaret Court Arena 11:00am Start Time
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs. Kei Nishikori (JPN)[5]
Taylor Townsend (USA) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)[8]
Not Before: 2:30pm
Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) vs. Casey Dellacqua (AUS)[29]

Margaret Court Arena 7:00pm Start Time
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)
Lucas Pouille (FRA) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)[17]


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16 Comments for Federer, Nadal Dominate At The Australian Open; Top Seeds Serena, Djokovic In Action Tuesday

queen Says:

Whoever won this article…edit before u post


queen Says:

Win number 10001? Take a math course people.


Humble Rafa Says:

I played so bad. I mean, I need to get better and focus better.

Absolutely disgusted with my straight easy win.


Humble Rafa Says:

Federer was up in the evening, and the Swiss continued his recent Aussie success easing past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 for win number 10001

I understand that everyone magnifies the Arrogant one’s accomplishments on this site to feel better.

This is his 1001st win, not 10001. Careful with your zeros.


Giles Says:

Lol TX. Was that extra zero wishful thinking?


skeezer Says:

^jealous much?


TennisVagabond.com Says:

What a disappointment for Ivanovic (and me). It really seemed like she was primed to become a contender again.


Giles Says:

Jealous of what?? Fictitious extra zeros?? Lol


SG1 Says:

I’m at a loss as to why Ana cannot get serve toss fixed after all these years. Don’t know if anyone here’s a big baseball fan but Steve Sax from the Dodgers had this mental block with throwing from 2nd to 1st base but he eventually got it under control with a sports psychologist. Wonder if Ana needs the same for her toss. It’s serious talent being wasted if she doesn’t figure out how to get out of her own way.


SG1 Says:

HR,

Count back from 10001, breathe deeply and relax. The staff got it right in the next paragraph.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Nice to see the top seeds rolling early, bodes well… Bagels coming soon, I think.

Who are we paying particular attention to outside the Greeks, Young Three and Wawrinka?
Who could be this years Wawrinka/ Cilic?


Dan Martin Says:

I have my day 2 predictions up at http://tennisabides.com


Michael Says:

Contrary to popular belief, initial rounds are always tough as players need to get feel of the court and are playing against opponents who have nothing to lose and everything to play for. So, the pressure is undoubtedly on the top players to perform as they cannot afford to lose which might wound their pride and in danger to become Media’s nitpicking.


jane Says:

very true michael.


Nusi Says:

The first week of slams are almost unwatchable due to the change in the seeding systems also with the lack of depth on tour resulting opposed to before when we got QF-F type matches in the first week of slams. Something you don’t see now

Nowadays its “ehh Lets just skip to the QF already when things finally get interesting”. Before Slams were must watched from essentially the 3rd or 4th round on.. Sometimes even before that


jane Says:

happy for vasek, who came back from 2 sets down versus querrey to win the match in 5 sets! he has lorenzi next; maybe he can go even deeper.

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