Coming in cold, Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open

Coming in cold, Nadal finds form quickly at Australian Open

What Isner failed to do for the first time in his career was beat an American foe at a Grand Slam tournament, and now the highest-ranked man from the U.S.is gone from the Australian Open.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has admitted Aussie James Duckworth's unique style of play had him stumped throughout his straight-sets first round rout of the journeyman.

"So that's an important victory because it's the first victory in a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again".

She was in control of the second set from the offset, serving strongly and hitting accurate returns to run Townsend around in the heat.

Sharapova pounced on the Briton's weak second serve to repeatedly break her opponent, bringing up the first set bagel after 31 minutes.

Third seed Roger Federer experienced few problems in his first-round encounter, confidently ousting Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Maria Sharapova's record in the first round is good, too.

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Sharapova, who wore an ice collar during breaks to help alleviate the 30 C temperature, was making her 15th appearance at the season-opening major.

"You were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I am saying", Nadal said to the dozy reporter.

Fifth seed Kevin Anderson also progressed against Adrian Mannarino, with last year's Wimbledon finalist a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victor.

Berdych was the 2010 runner-up at Wimbledon and he twice has been a semifinalist at the Australian Open. Also advancing on the men's side were No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili and No. 26 Fernando Verdasco. NextGen Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas also went through in four sets with an easy win over Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker.

Tomas Berdych sent 2018 Australian Open semifinalist Kyle Edmund home early with right away with a 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 win over the No. 13 seed on Melbourne Arena in the match before five-time finalist Andy Murray took on Roberto Bautista Agut.

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