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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic thrashes opponent in comeback match

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic thrashes opponent in comeback match

At least one leading player close to discussions laughed when told of Djokovic's response, one which left open too many avenues of speculation- as well as the possibility, privately or publicly, of denial by players who were there.

Stan Wawrinka, following knee surgery, is seeded No9, Novak Djokovic No14. In a roller-coaster ride not unusual for a Kvitova match, the twice Wimbledon champion fell 6-3 4-6 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic in almost three hours. The 12-time Grand Slam champion cleared the air on Tuesday, emphasizing that there is no players-only union or potential boycott in the works.

Novak Djokovic returned to grand slam tennis and immediately looked a potential Australian Open title contender in a straightforward win over Donald Young. Not a "new serve", he insists, but a "new service motion". What for Rodge is a bread-and-butter play is the point of a lifetime to a mere mortal.

Former No. 1-ranked Andy Roddick tweeted that "it's been a good idea for a long time", while Andy Murray's mother, Judy, said she "totally agreed". Playing several matches, though, will provide a different test.

"It felt great to be back on the court and compete again", he said. "The third was, you know, up and down a little bit, but in general was a great performance". Love the guy. It was a fun interview, I thought. His stats were good, dropping serve just once, and he never allowed Young, the world No 63, any chance to really believe he might win. Those are issues that have surfaced in the past in men's tennis.

The Mail say the Swiss does not support his rivals belief, which includes setting up a union to fight for the player's cause.

However, the same can not be said for many of his fellow professionals who have garnered reputations for being boring or disinterested over the years.

Halep, who lost back-to-back first-round matches here in the previous two years, will next play Eugenie Bouchard, the 2014 Wimbledon finalist who beat Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-6 (5). What happened is that we just wanted to talk about certain topics. "A hundred players get together two or three times in a whole year".

"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", said the Serb.

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"I think other things have changed my life in a big way and the last eight years on tour have been unbelievable and I'm so fortunate that my wife is supportive of everything, that we can do it all together", Federer said. "There were no talks about boycott or anything like that".

Defending champion Federer beating Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match, his first on Rod Laver Arena since clinching a career-reviving title here previous year.

The total purse at the 2013 Australian Open rose significantly, with the biggest jumps going to early-round losers. "I was putting a lot of hours on the court in the past couple weeks".

"I learned what it feels like to be on the ground and seeing life from the ground, and I'm not shying away from any part of that", she said.

"Still feel like I'm building physically and getting the match play in". I'd consider taking the spread whatever it is. Djokovic will now face France's World No. 39 Gael Monfils in the second round on Thursday.

"I still have some pain". It depends on the way I'm moving, how I push on it.

"Things are going in the right direction". "That's the best news". "I can't control it all and a year ago was a fairytale". Her career was in jeopardy. But it held up during a four-set win Tuesday against Ricardas Berankis.

Surely, the American actor and comedian could have asked the tennis legend about his winning streak.

Men's fourth seed Alexander Zverev enjoyed a straight-sets victory over Thomas Fabbiano 6-1 7-6 (5) 7-5, to make the second round of the Australian Open.


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