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Australian Open 2018: Novak Djokovic trounces Donald Young in opening round

Australian Open 2018: Novak Djokovic trounces Donald Young in opening round

The six-time Melbourne Park champion, seeded 14th, dropped to his knees and patted the blue court affectionately after completing his first match since retiring hurt from a Wimbledon quarter-final last July.

Novak Djokovic hosed down suggestions Tuesday he is pushing to create an independent players union to fight for even more prize money, and denied reports it could lead to tournament boycotts.

And speaking ahead of his Australian Open clash with Aljaz Bedene, the 36-year-old Swiss has claimed he will look to play a much more aggressive style of tennis in 2018.

"What happened is that we just wanted to have us players talk about certain topics".

"At the end of the year, I focused more on opponents and surfaces and I think that this year I will focus more on how I want to play, and others will have to adapt".

"We get together, a hundred players get together two or three times in a whole year". You talk about unions and boycotts and radical decisions to make and moves so we can get financial compensation the way we deserve it but there was no talk about that.

"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". There were no decisions being made. I won a straight-set match.

Sharapova, still working her way back from a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, showed glimpses of the tennis that made her a five-time major victor. "I feel like with every tournament and every week I have different feelings about different things. I love coming here". Some things I feel good about.

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Known for being a family man, Djokovic spend quality time as possible with his family during the long period without any official match.

The unseeded Sharapova faces a tough challenge in the second round against 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova, who beat the Russian at the US Open prior to the tables being turned in another marathon in Beijing.

The 2014 Australian Open champion defeated Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2). For sure, I still have some pain. "It depends the way I'm moving, how I push on it". But in general, it's going in the right direction. "That's the best news". Her career was in jeopardy.

A former world No. 9, Petkovic could battle world No. 1 Simona Halep in the third round.

Elsewhere, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco entered the second round of the tournament by defeating compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 7-5 and 7-5.

Djokovic eased eased past Young 6-1 6-2 6-4 in his first competitive match after recovering from an elbow injury which kept him out of action for six months.


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