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Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne

Djokovic in action on day of returns in Melbourne

With temperatures heating up in Melbourne, the two Grand Slam winners wasted little time on court.

Maria Sharapova returns to the Australian Open since 2016 when she failed a drug test at the tournament which led to a 15-month ban.

The Russian 2008 Australian Open champion raced into a 2-0 lead, holding her own serve to love and then breaking Maria easily. "A lot of changing, I feel".

Sharapova was banned for after testing positive for the drug meldonium here in 2016, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished previous year ranked No. 60. "I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have, I played flawless tennis in the first couple of sets and Donald came back in the third set".

The 12-times Grand Slam victor, seeded an unfamiliar 14, was too strong for American Donald Young, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 51min on Margaret Court Arena. 'I was in the situation that they are probably more times than what they have been, ' Nadal said. She had saved three match points in the 10th game of the final set.

"What happened is that we players just wanted to talk about certain topics - I don't think there is anything unhealthy about that".

No. 9 Johanna Konta beat Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-1, handing the USA a 10th loss in 11 first-round women's matches. The first two sets went extremely well, considering that I haven't played for six months.

It was his earliest Grand Slam exit in seven years as he fights back from a wrist injury.

The Serbian former world number one has been out of action for six months.

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Roger Federer, rated as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title even at the venerable age of 36, makes his entrance in a night match on Rod Laver Arena.

Past year during the Australian Open, Kvitova was recovering from surgery to her left hand as a result of a knife attack from an assailant who broke into her home in the Czech Republic in December 2016.

She returned to the tour midway through 2017 and entered the first grand slam tournament of the year unseeded and with a world ranking of 48.

Sharapova broke again at 3-3 as her opponent, actually ranked a place higher at 47, double-faulted and Sharapova moved into a 5-3 lead as Maria began to feel the strain.

So is one of Djokovics biggest rivals, Stan Wawrinka, who also had not played an official match since Wimbledon and is still in contention in Djokovics quarter of the draw after defeating Ricardas Berankis.

Sharapova won five of the last six games of the match besides accumulating 22 winners and racking up 28 unforced errors overall in the match to sprint her way into the second round.

They're all in the same half of the draw as defending champion Roger Federer, who a year ago returned from an extended injury time out to beat Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final.

"I did have various emotions, mostly good ones: excitement, joy, gratitude for being able to have an opportunity to compete", Djokovic added.

Sydney-born Konta also made the last eight in 2017 and showed no signs of her recent hip injury as she dismantled Brengle 6-3, 6-1. I'm looking forward to work on it more.


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