Australian Open Day 1 Wrap: Hewitt Out; Sharapova Bakes 2 Bagels
by Staff | January 14th, 2013, 9:18 am

Lleyton Hewitt defeated Juan Martin del Potro, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic at the Kooyong exhibition entering the Australian Open, but that didn’t help the Australian former No. 1 who exited 7-6(4), 7-5, 6-3 to No. 8 seed Janko Tipsarevic on Monday in Melbourne.

“He played as well as he could play, there’s no doubt about it,” Hewitt said. “He’s only won four titles. There’s not too many guys in the Top 10 consistently that have only won four titles. But I’ve seen him play big matches…he’s a quality player.”

Other Top 10 seeds in action, all winning in straights, were No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeating France’s Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 6-4, 7-5; No. 4 David Ferrer dispatching of Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; and No. 5 Berdych rolling past American “Iron” Mike Russell 6-3, 7-5, 6-3.

“There are some few adjustments that I need to make and get a little bit sharper on the court,” said Djokovic, who will next face American Ryan Harrison. “But it’s expected in the first match you’re still not a 100 percent on the court.”

Other seeded winners were No. 10 Nicolas Almagro over American Steve Johnson 6-2 in the fifth, No. 15 Stan Wawrinka, No. 16 Kei Nishikori, No. 20 Sam Querrey, No. 22 Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco outlasting David Goffin in five, No. 23 Mikhail Youzhny over Aussie Matthew Ebden in five, No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz, No. 26 Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, No. 31 Radek “The Worm” Stepanek topping Serb Viktor Troicki from two sets down, and No. 32 Julien Benneteau.

The only seeded men’s casualty on Monday was No. 11 Juan Monaco, who fell in straights to Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.

In the last match of the night, a weary Marcos Baghdatis outlasted a wearier Albert Ramos in five sets and more than four hours, with the first two sets featuring long tiebreaks.

Unseeded notables into the second round were Americans Brian Baker who outlasted Alex Bogomolov Jr. in five, Ryan Harrison who defeated Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo in four, and Tim Smyczek who stopped the big-serving “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic; Spaniard Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, South African and Sydney runner-up Kevin Anderson, and Belgian Xavier “X-Man” Malisse.

The women’s side on Monday saw it’s usual lines of top-seeded destruction, led by world No. 2 Maria Sharapova double-bageling fellow Russian Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-0, and No. 25 Venus Williams rolling Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva 6-1, 6-0.

“Obviously it’s nice to spend less time on the court, and not be in long sets,” said the elder Williams sister, who could meet Sharapova in the third round. “I don’t think my opponent quite got the hang of — you know, it’s hard to play the first match in a major, first thing of the year, and that can be a lot of pressure.”

Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska overcoming a tough start to down Aussie Bojana Bobusic 7-5, 6-0; No. 5 Angelique Kerber easing past the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4; No. 6 Li Na rolling over Kazakhstan’s Sesil “Rope a Dope” Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3; and No. 9 Samantha Stosur avoiding an opening-round choke after a shaky first set, eventually defeating Taiwan’s Chang Kai-Chen 7-6(3), 6-3.

“I think this year I do feel better about things,” Stosur said prior to the event’s start. “I don’t feel as probably uptight or stressed or anything like that than last year. Last year I didn’t handle it so well.”

Radwanska struggled through a slow start 7-5 to win easily in the second and move into the second round.

“I think I just didn’t start aggressive enough,” said Radwanska, who improved to 10-0 in 2013. “I’m just happy that I could come back in the first set and play much better in the second set.”

Other seeded winners were No. 11 Marion Bartoli, No. 13 Ana Ivanovic, No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova scraping by Aussie Ashleigh Barty in three, No. 18 Julia Goerges outlasting Russian Vera Dushevina in three, No. 19 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 22 Jelena Jankovic, No. 23 Klara Zakopalova, No. 27 Sorana Cirstea, and No. 30 Tamira Paszek who struggled past Swiss Stefanie Voegele in three.

Kazakhstan’s Ksenia Pervak orchestrated the lone women’s upset on the day, defeating No. 32-seeded German Mona Barthel 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Unseeded players of note into the second round were France’s Alize Cornet who next meets Venus Williams, Taiwan’s Chan Yung-Jan who sent veteran Daniela Hantuchova home 6-1 in the third, Brit comer Heather Watson, and American teen Madison Keys.

“I wasn’t playing well,” said Watson, who struggled physically and called the trainer during her win. “I didn’t have much energy today. I don’t know what it was. I think I’m going to go see the doctor after. But when I started cramping, I had to start hitting the ball because I couldn’t move. I’m kind of thankful that I did cramp today, otherwise I don’t know how that would have ended up…It was the trainer and the doctor, and I just told them how I was feeling, if there was anything I could take, what I should be doing, because I was feeling quite faint.”

Matches to watch Tuesday are (3) Andy Murray vs. Robin Haase, (1) Victoria Azarenka vs. Monica Niculescu, (2) Roger Federer vs. French comer Benoit Paire, Aussie Bernard Tomic “The Tank Engine” vs. Leonardo Mayer, (10) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Sabine Lisicki, (3) Serena Williams vs. Edina Gallovits-Hall, an all-French match-up in (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. Michael Llodra, an all-Slam winner meeting in Francesca Schiavone vs. (8) Petra Kvitova, Gael “Force”  Monfils vs. (18) Alexandr Dolgopolov, and upset alert Jamie Hampton vs. (31) Urszula Radwanska.

What happened to the Australian Open heat wave? Why were people bundled up like they were going snowboarding?…Novak Djokovic, who minds the heat, has won his last 15 matches in Melbourne…Serena Williams, meanwhile, has won her last 16 matches overall plus 14 straight in Slam play…Sick of streaks, sorry. We got more. Agnieszka Radwanska has won her last 10 matches and 20 sets…And Andy Murray has won seven straight Grand Slam matches and 13 of 14…Three of the last four times Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra have played, Llodra has retired…Sadly Australians won just one of nine matches on Monday, and the lone winner of all people was Sam StosurMaria Sharapova needs only a double bagel at Wimbledon to complete her career Double Bagel Slam, something not even Serena has done. Sugarpova also didn’t deny dating Grigor Dimitrov when asked by ESPN’s Chris Fowler today during an interview. Grigor, though, has lost his last 7 sets and 3 straight matches since the rumor started just prior to the Brisbane final against Andy MurrayRyan Harrison had never won a match at the Australian Open until today, and his reward is Novak Djokovic Wednesday night…Roger Federer has won his last 14 matches against Frenchmen…Andy Murray has 100 career Grand Slam match wins, why add any more?…Bernard Tomic has 8 match wins including his Hopman Cup exo…Seeded players went 30-2 on the first day, pretty amazing, eh?…Did you know Melbourne is Australia’s biggest sports town?…Lleyton Hewitt’s last two losses at the Australian Open have been to Serbs…Venus Williams on her diet to deal with her immune system illness: “If it’s on your plate, I might get to cheat. If you’re sitting next to me, good luck. You turn your head once and your food might be gone. I think it’s pretty well known I’m a cheagan [cheating vegan]. I’m not perfect, but I try.”

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43 Comments for Australian Open Day 1 Wrap: Hewitt Out; Sharapova Bakes 2 Bagels

Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One, inspite of playing a short schedule, is not in the Swiss Davis Cup Team.

Now, onto his Followers to explain, why that is the best decision ever.

joe Says:

He’s got too many watch ads to shoot, and coffee makers to sell.

The Great Davy Says:

Tonight I begin the famous 2013 Davy Slam Campaign. My first act will be the order of all shaven heads on ATP! WTA players must also be a shaved, but only after my Roland Garros title.

skeezer Says:

Hewitt! Dang….You can’t win at least the first Rd in your home country( quite possibly your last AO ), former #1? Ugh, my bracket takes a big early hit :(. Its not that I don’t like Tipsy, just…

jamie Says:

I think the AO winner is coming from the bottom half of the draw. We’ll see.

alison Says:

Good luck Andy Murray in your 1st match.

Wog boy Says:


Hewitt could have easily gone two sets up, he didn’t do much wrong, Janko came up with some jaw dropping shots when it mattered. The only thing Hewitt could do better was serving department. It was really good match.

Esquilax Says:

Hewitt continues to be shafted by AO organisers and the host broadcaster. He will always need the faster day conditions. I almost expected him to yell “fix the courts” last night.

That said, I thought Janko played a very consistent level with few errors ultimately.

Bagles, 6-1s and then the reverse in the next set (!!), continue to prove womens tennis is the pits. Until the last 8, the rounds look like the one who loses least is the winner. I can’t believe they’re paid the same.

alison Says:

Hewitt blew it.

the DA Says:

Andy coasting, up 6-3 6-1. Apart from a lapse at the end of the 1st set, I like what I’m seeing: not getting into prolonged rallies, moving Haase around the court and pulling the trigger to end the point.

racquet Says:

Yes! Andy through to Rnd 2. That’s the way to do it, with the loss of only 7 games. C’mon!

the DA Says:

Whew, no drama thank goodness. Haase was a bit hot and cold (as usual) but Andy didn’t let him get into the match. It looks HOT out there.

the DA Says:

What the hell? Raonic down a set to Hajek – a 29 yr old journeyman.

Humble Rafa Says:

What the hell? Raonic down a set to Hajek – a 29 yr old journeyman.

Slow courts

jane Says:

Still at work missing all the tennis. : / Good to hear Andy M cruised past Hasse, but didn’t see anything…sigh.

the DA Says:

jane, you would’ve liked his performance. Very efficient.

Ouch, Serena has fallen and rolled her ankle. Being assisted by the trainer.

Humble Rafa Says:


God is arriving shortly. Just giving you a heads up. Do whatever you have to do to see Him. If you have kids, throw them out of the window. God deserves all your attention. Admire his greatness.

Humble Rafa Says:

I would love to play in the clay courts at Melbourne. The socks don’t get dirty in these courts. Saves laundry bills.

Bada Bing Says:

I was watching the ebdden/youzhny match and the crowd was loud and crazy. Were they that way during the TipsyHewitt match?

skeezer Says:

@Bada Bing

Didn’t see the Hewitt/Tipsy match, only saw the result. But, can only imagine with homeboy Hewitt playing ;)

BTW, love your moniker, miss the Sopranos!!

Humble Rafa Says:

Health Alert!

Beating up midgets can cause follower’s expectations to rise, only to end in tears and heartache. High blood pressure is a high possibility.

skeezer Says:

Anyone watchin the Maestro? Very efficient match so far. First rounders for Fed can be taxing at times. This looks good so far…

Love the commentating……after an on court interview with Stevens win by Pam Shriver;

” now lets go back to the match with the greatest player of all time”


Wog boy Says:

For a full deck actually it wasn’t so noisy but it was very tense, Tipsy didn’t let the crowd go crazy.

I guess tonight will be very loud in Rod Laver Arena;)

Soprano … good one !

Humble Rafa Says:

” now lets go back to the match with the greatest player of all time”


I feel so proud..

Wog boy Says:

I cannot watch Federer for the same reason I couldn’t watch Nole yesterday, there is two channels and on both is same match Duckworth/Mitchell, I know you know who they are;) But at least I saw Andy, nice and easy win.

BTW, thursday is going to be scorcher of a day, 39 degrees!

skeezer Says:

Congrats GOAT! Well played, great start for the geezer.

A 3 set match just over 1 1/2 hours? U bet babies, enforce them rules!

skeezer Says:

Dou have tickets, are u going? If so what days/nights?

Wog boy Says:


I guees you are so proud because you are The GOAT owner, am I right?

Wog boy Says:


Yes I got the back in october. They for QF day and night, I will be there from 11am until last match finishes. I am flying down on monday and will be there for the first SF but I promised that day to spend with my family so I will be watching first SF in hotel unless … Well you never know;)

Wog boy Says:

“got the tickets back in october”

Wog boy Says:

Both days QF day and night.

skeezer Says:


Expect a full report when you go ;)


Wog boy Says:

No probs.

the DA Says:

“A 3 set match just over 1 1/2 hours?”

Nole & Andy’s matches were around 90 minutes. Delpo has breezed through his 1st set in 22 mins. The top players have all been efficient so far. That might change Thursday however – forecast says 100º!

jane Says:

Delpo is clobbering Marinara sauce.

the DA Says:

It’s not even a clinic, more like a slaughter. I don’t think Marinara has enough tools in his box to deal with Delpo.

scineram Says:

“He’s only won four titles. There’s not too many guys in the Top 10 consistently that have only won four titles. But I’ve seen him play big matches…he’s a quality player.”

Must love backhanded compliments.

Margot Says:

Yay! Come on Andy. A breeze!
Well done Laura, looking very strong.
Play better Jamie…;) Think he may be “Rosoled” alas.

alison Says:

sorry about Jamie Baker by all accounts it was a close match with Rosol,and he just didnt manage to take his chances,however he has alot to be proud of by beating Donald Young and James Blake to qualify,also i have to say it would be nice if each and everytime the commies mention the name Lucas Rosol that they wouldnt remind us all that he was the man who beat Rafa at wimbledon last year,all getting rather irritating now,Rafas not the 1st player to suffer a shock loss and he sure as hell wont be the last.

Giles Says:

^^ yeah, damn the commies and their never-ending cr@p. Their gloating over that loss just demonstrates how childish and repetitive they are!! #GoRaonic

st4r5 Says:

Federer the old man still winning against younger players? GOAT!

Nirmal Kumar Says:

Roger seems to hit the CC BH very aggressively this match. Did not see him hit the ball this heavy for a long time. Not sure if it’s the opponent or the shot he has worked on his training block.

Daniel Says:

Does anyone know why Berdych don’t have a sponsor?!

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