Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia

Ruben Hill
January 19, 2018

"I still have some pain", said the Swiss. "I love what I do".

But following his 6-1 6-2 6-4 win over American Donald Young on Tuesday, Djokovic slammed reports being spread by the media about what was discussed, saying unequivocally there were no talks of player boycotts over pay demands.

Young German star Alexander Zverev needed a hard-fought three sets to get through his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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

"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", Djokovic said.

Wawrinka - the 2014 champion in Melbourne - sported a scar on his surgically repaired left knee as he, too, contested his first match since Wimbledon but battled past Ricardas Berankis 6-3 6-4 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

She next plays ninth-seeded Johanna Konta of Britain, a victor over another American on Tuesday, Madison Brengle.

No. 13 Sam Querrey restored some order for the USA men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feliciano Lopez.

After making her return with a run to the fourth round of the US Open in September, she will be looking to navigate a tricky draw in Melbourne and establish herself as one of the title contenders in a wide-open field.

Fellow former world number one Angelique Kerber, who won the tournament in 2016, was also impressive in dismissing Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4. There were also wins for top-10 players Garbine Muguruza, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia and Johanna Konta but Petra Kvitova was beaten 6-3 4-6 10-8 by Andrea Petkovic.

This, no doubt, was a reference to the fact he lives in tax-free Monte Carlo and was the first player in the history of the game to earn more than $100m in prize money, in 2016 - yet had apparently given little weight to a promise by the Australian Open tournament director, Craig Tiley, that he would double prize money here to $100m within six years. Federer went on to win Wimbledon for his 19th major and finished the year ranked No. 2 behind Nadal, who won the French and U.S. Open titles.

"I mean, Roger and Rafa's year last year has shown age is just a number, especially in Roger's case", Djokovic said Saturday in his pre-tournament news conference.

That loss was part of the process that Sharapova believes has set her up for this season.

"(In 2017) there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely.

"I felt like I have got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally previous year with - there was a lot of firsts again for me, playing the first tournament, first Grand Slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely", Sharapova said.

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