Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Djokovic, Sharapova Advance to Second Round of Australian Open 2018

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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, who saved four match points on his own serve but was out in the next game.

Others in action on Monday include seventh-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who meets Francesca Schiavone in a match featuring current vs. former French Open champions, No. 2-ranked Caroline Wozniacki, who opens against Mihaela Buzarnescu, and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens against Zhang Shuai. "For the most part it's served me well", he said. I think success should be rewarded, which it is, but I think everyone has a huge push to make tennis as attractive as possible. "Something is going on with Australia and me".

Tomic angered a wide cross-section of people inside and outside tennis at Wimbledon a year ago when he declared he was bored with tennis and looked forward to retirement after earning enough to never have to work again.

Bedene, competing once again under the Slovenian flag after reverting back from British citizenship, produced a credible display but could trouble his illustrious opponent in only the briefest spells.

As Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, Djokovic's coaching team, looked on, while the Serb flexed his elbow with a rope, over his head and side to side, time after time as he completed the final preparations for his much-anticipated return.

Djokovic also said that equal prize money, a subject that continues to bubble beneath the surface, was not discussed. "Maybe I should have approached these kind of points with a bit more intensity and aggression". For sure, I still have some pain.

"It was great to be back", Wawrinka said afterwards. It depends on the way I'm moving, how I push on it.

"We wanted to use this opportunity to speak about certain subjects and see how everyone reacts to that, and I guess see what opinions are".

"Things are going in the right direction".

Wawrinka, who will play American Tennys Sandgren in the second round, refused to look ahead. I know that after this tournament, I have a lot of work to do still. "There were no decisions being made, there was no talk of boycotts or anything like that - that's all I can say really".

Germany's Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed, had to sweat a little more to earn a place in the second round.

On the eve of the tournament, Djokovic wore a compression sleeve since he was cautious about his fitness but he was still in god form as he eased to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 over American Young.

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