Australian Open: Rafael Nadal shares 'best moment of 2019'

Ruben Hill
January 22, 2020

Defending champion Novak Djokovic said he had been taking tips from serving maestro Goran Ivanisevic after he hammered down a series of aces in his first-up win at the Australian Open. "That was my goal at the beginning of the match", Nadal said.

Nadal, the first player to be world number one in three different decades, is still thriving at 33 but it's a different story for five-time Grand Slam victor Sharapova. "Previous year I did really feel even more [like] a child that was attempting to obtain self-confidence by doing specific points on the court", Tsitsipas stated.

Djokovic added: "Overall it was a really solid start. I think I was".

"I did what I needed to do to maintain the level". "Now I feel like I'm more mature and more conservative in my thinking".

A victory for third seed Osaka will open up the possibility of a third-round showdown with teenager Coco Gauff, who sent fellow American Venus Williams packing. The Spaniard leads their ATP Head2Head by 3-0 without having lost a single set.

Seeking an unprecedented eighth Melbourne Park crown, Djokovic dismissed the Japanese challenger 6-1 6-4 6-2 in one hour and 35 minutes on Wednesday. "Especially the serve, I was not happy at all with my serve", said Medvedev.

Nadal will now face Federico Delbonis, who won his match with Joao Sousa, in the second round. "I don't really doubt myself that much".

Home favourite Barty shook off a habit of losing the first set in recent matches to dominate early and set up a straight sets win.

But he built a two-sets-to-none lead against the 18th-seeded Dimitrov, gave that lead away, was two points from defeat and then pulled out the victory.

The Italian managed to hit more accurate, placing the returns deep at the baseline and making Opelka move.

Made the most of it, though, beating Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4. "I was lucky that the rain came on the right time". "If I reach 21, better".

In the other matches that had to be completed on day two after rain delays on Monday, Roberto Bautista Agut beat Feliciano Lopez in straight sets, while Milos Raonic and Jannik Sinner also sealed their progress with straight-set wins. I am ready to go again, Kyrgios told the crowd.

But the Serb inevitably got the break he was chasing in game nine when Ito fluffed a forehand and he quickly served it out, blasting down an ace to go two sets ahead.

The future looks uncertain for the former world number one, who won Wimbledon when she was just 17 but has not reached a Grand Slam final since she lifted the 2014 French Open trophy.

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