Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

Defending champion Federer continues Australian Open title defence

Djokovic tweaked his service motion while recovering from an injured right elbow, and used it to good effect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Donald Young. Although he definitely seemed worn out as the match wore on, Djokovic looked relatively comfortable in his first Grand Slam in over six months. "Yeah, it's great to be back". "Obviously you're talking about union, you're talking about boycott, you're talking about radical decisions ... so we can get financial compensations the way we deserve".

Six-time champion Djokovic and 2014 Australian Open victor Stan Wawrinka returned from long injury layoffs with victories in their first matches since Wimbledon.

No 3 seed Muguruza was beaten 7-6 6-4 by tricky Chinese Taipei player Su-Wei Hsieh, while No 8 seed Caroline Garcia was pushed all the way by Marketa Vondrousova before winning 6-7 6-2 8-6.

"Sure, I'm happy I played at night time", Federer said.

"I've got shivers", Sharapova said of playing again at Melbourne Park.

"I played flawless tennis in the first couple of sets and Donald came back in the third set".

In the men's draw, Serbian star Novak Djokovic continued to dominate Frenchman Gael Monfils, defeating him for the 12th time in his career, in the second round of the Australian Open. But I think there is a limit, and that is a level of tolerance between being fit and being in danger in terms of health.

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It was not only Djokovic and Monfils struggling in the heat, Juan Martin del Potro also had to play in the hottest part of the day, the Argentine beating Karen Kachanov in four sets.

"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said, per the Associated Press.

"I love being in the city", said Sharapova.

Former semifinalist Milos Raonic was the big upset of the day going down to 30-year-old Lukas Lacko 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (4). I get super dizzy.

"It was a bit of both in the end, but he played a good match".

"I think there are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognise that you might need to give players few extra hours until it comes down". I didn't see much of Novak (on Tuesday) but the result shows he was breezing. Federer, Djokovic Zverev, Thiem, Berdych advanced while Halep survived a first set scare before prevailing.

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