Australian Open day two round-up

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It was another fantastic day in Melbourne with the atmosphere still buzzing and some quality tennis being played. There were many close games throughout the day but the upsets were far reduced from Monday's action.

In terms of the men's draw, the big names made it through to the next round. World number 1 Novak Djokovic defeated his opponent in comfortable fashion with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over Aljaz Bedene. Defending Australian Open champion, Stan Wawrinka, also had a comfortable 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory over his Turkish opponent Marsel Ilhan. 

The up and coming Kei Nishikori, who was a finalist at the US Open, would feel as though he was quite unlucky coming up against the unseeded but former world number nine, Nicholas Almagro. He had a tougher match but still prevailed 6-4 7-6 6-2.

The only male Australian who competed today was the oldest, Lleyton Hewitt. He is competing in an incredible 19th Australian Open yet he was still able to win his first round match in four sets, 6-3 1-6 6-0 6-4.

Crowd favourite, Gael Monfils, turned on a brilliant show for the viewers once again with a five-set victory having been down 2-0 against Lucas Pouille. French tennis legend Henri Leconte was also on hand to commentate the match involving two of his beloved French players and always adds another element of enjoyment to the game.

Other notable winners from the were Fernando Verdasco, Milos Raonic, Gilles Simon, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez and John Isner. The only real surprise loss was Fabio Fogini who crashed out in four sets despite being seeded 16th.

Routine wins

To the women's now and there were plenty of interesting matches throughout the day. World number one Serena Williams had a typically dominant victory early on in the tournament cruising to a 6-0 6-4 win against Belgian Alison van Uytvanck.

Top 10 ranked players Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniaki, who are seeded fourth, sixth and eighth respectively, all managed to get past their first round opponents. Kvitova dominated to win 6-1 6-4, Radwanska also had a comfortable 6-3 6-0 victory and Wozniaki managed to get over some early nerves to record a 7-6 6-2 triumph.

One of the most tantalising non-seeded match-ups was between former world number one Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens who is one of the most exciting young prospects in women's tennis. They both have suffered injury setbacks in recent times which has lead to their lower than usual rankings. However for, all the potential that match had, Azarenka quite comfortably beat Stevens 6-3 6-2.


There were four Australian women in action today including Sam Stosur, Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska and Ajla Tomljanovic. Stosur, Delacqua and Tomljanovic all recorded wins however Rogowska was knocked out in straight sets.

Other notable wins included Venus Williams, Alizé Cornet and Dominika Cibulkova. Highly ranked players Andrea Petkovic and Flavia Penetta both had losses to unseeded players, resulting in the most surprising outcomes of the day.

Tomorrow should be yet another exciting day of tennis with many quality Australian men in action as well as the likes of Rafa Nadal, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Genie Bouchard.

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