Rafael Nadal starts with win at Australian Open

Doug Mendoza
January 14, 2019

Second seed Rafael Nadal, another who has struggled with injuries, is also in action against Australian James Duckworth.

"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say ... when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam", she said.

Britain's Katie Boulter, meanwhile, created a slice of history by becoming the first woman to win in a third set tiebreak -- a new rule introduced to the Open this year.

However, the 17-time grand slam victor paused momentarily after spotting one of the journalists taking a nap in the room.

"It was good. It is normal that beginnings are tough, but every day helps and every day makes me feel better, makes me feel more confident", said Nadal, who limped out of both the Australian and US Opens previous year.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match previous year.

"You've got to come out here and win the match".

Anderson, the fifth seed at the year's first Grand Slam, saw off tricky Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 53 minutes.

"Today he went on court with the determination to not play tennis the way that, you know, I understand tennis", Nadal said in his post-match press conference.

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She was on the wrong side of the ledger when American Lindsay Davenport beat her 6-0, 6-0 at Indian Wells in 2005.

She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova's double-faults. She went on to beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6).

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki open their Australian Open title defences Monday as Andy Murray takes to the court for what could be his farewell match at Melbourne Park and potentially his last ever.

The 26-year-old Australian won last month's Open wildcard playoff to earn his way into the main draw. Federer will open against Denis Istomin on Monday, in the night session.

The former world number one was far from ideal, committing three double faults and eight unforced errors.

He would like to finish at Wimbledon, but admitted the Australian Open could be his last tournament.

The Swiss has been drawn in the second half of the men's singles draw along with Nadal.

Denmark's Wozniacki broke through for her first Slam title here previous year, beating Simona Halep in the final, and gets her tournament under way against Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck.

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