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Nadal, Wozniacki winners on day 1

Nadal, Wozniacki winners on day 1

Jelena Ostapenko won the French Open, Garbine Muguruza took the Wimbledon crown and Sloane Stephens completed a dream return to tennis by winning the U.S. Open.

"Something is going on with Australia and me, " Kerber said. "I played ideal tennis, like I never stopped".

There were all kinds of comebacks on Tuesday.

Defending champion Roger Federer continues his quest for a 20th Grand Slam singles title and top-seeded Simona Halep starts another bid for her first when both see action on Day Two at the Australian Open.

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 past year.

On Tuesday night, it was Bedene doing all the running.

His trickiest adversary might have been a cringe-worthy post-match engagement with actor Will Ferrell.

Federer - enjoying a relaxed a stress-free preparation for the year's opening slam which gets underway on Monday - is the early favourite to reign supreme on Rod Laver as Nadal and Djokovic battle to be fully fit in Melbourne. This time, he has four-time champion Andre Agassi in his corner. "But right now it's at the level where I can compete, and every day is getting better", he said.

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"I think it's the players".

Kyrgios thumped Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, Dimitrov gave a tennis lesson in his 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 destruction of American qualifier Dennis Novak, but Britain's Kyle Edmunds ended Anderson's tenure at Melbourne Park with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. Nadal, a beaten finalist in Melbourne previous year, downed Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Despite his advancing years, the 36-year-old went into the latest edition of the Australian Open as the front-runner with Andy Murray absent following hip surgery and the likes of Nadal and Novak Djokovic returning from injury. She could face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Karolina Pliskova in the quarters.

France's 15th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga put in a solid performance, seeing off American Kevin King 6-4 6-4 6-1 to set up a second round clash with Canadian youngster Denis Shapovalov.

Sharapova's long absence from the tour means she isn't seeded in Melbourne, but that doesn't bother her. "(I'm) happy to get through". He came to the Australian Open sporting a career-high ranking of No. 8 and his highest-ever seed at a major.

That loss was part of the process that Sharapova believes has set her up for this season.

"So let's see. There's not much more I can do".

"Whenever I get asked that question, it always comes across in really kind of an nearly negative way instead of acknowledging how many great players we have", Johanna Konta, who reached the semifinals of Wimbledon a year ago, said in her pre-tournament news conference Saturday.


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