Australian Open 2017: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal by to second round

Novak Djokovic

World series dual Novak Djokovic has won a Australian Open 6 times

Defending champion Novak Djokovic reached a second turn of a Australian Open by violence Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in true sets.

The 12-time Grand Slam champion cumulative a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 feat in an interesting compare in Melbourne.

World series 9 Rafael Nadal progressing reached a second turn with a autocratic display.

The injury-hit Spaniard, who mislaid in a initial turn final year, kick Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 6-4.

World series dual Djokovic will subsequent face Denis Istomin or Ivan Dodig while Nadal, attempting to win his initial Grand Slam pretension given 2014, will play Marcos Baghdatis.

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‘Melbourne feels like home’

Djokovic, 29, was frequency stretched as he took a initial set inside 31 mins as Verdasco, who perceived gentle support from a crowd, badly untimely several shots.

But Verdasco pennyless true divided in a second set, putting Djokovic underneath pressure. He eventually forced a tie-break notwithstanding a slew of spontaneous errors.

However, his craziness meant he could not gain on Djokovic’s errors and a Serb went on to secure his place in a second round.

“It feels like home,” pronounced Djokovic. “It feels like entrance to a place where we have an extraordinary series of implausible memories.

“When we saw a pull we suspicion to myself, this is going to be a usually compare we could concentration on.”

Impressive Nadal cruises through


Rafael Nadal won a Australian Open in 2009 though has struggled with damage in a final year

Nadal, 30, had played usually 4 matches given September’s US Open after struggling final year with a wrist injury.

He dominated Mayer from a start, holding usually over dual hours to secure a straight-set feat in 39 grade heat.

“I was healthy adequate to rehearse a approach we wanted to, so that’s critical for me,” Nadal added.

“I’ve had a longer duration of time here in Australia, it was good knowledge and we was means to play in Brisbane.”

Raonic and Dimitrov make second round

Third seed Milos Raonic went by with a gentle 6-3 6-4 6-2 feat over Germany’s Dustin Brown.

The 26-year-old Canadian, a semi-finalist final year, strike 18 aces and 46 winners, and will subsequent face possibly Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller or American Taylor Fritz.

Brisbane International champion Grigor Dimitrov kick Australia’s Christopher O’Connell 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3, while France’s Richard Gasquet also modernized after a 6-4 6-4 6-2 over Australian Blake Mott.

History on justice 19… though it took a while


Ivo Karlovic was a final male station opposite Horacio Zeballos

Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and Argentine Horacio Zeballos played out a huge compare on justice 19 durability 5 hours and 14 minutes.

Karlovic, a 20th seed, eventually took a fifth set 22-20 after a sum of 84 games. He won 118 of a 226 points played.

The match, that Karlovic won 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20, is a longest during a Australian Open in terms of games given tie-breaks were introduced for a initial 4 sets in a 1970s.

It is a joint-second longest in terms of time, alongside Nadal’s semi-final win over Verdasco in 2009 and behind usually Djokovic’s better of Nadal in a 2012 final.

However, it falls roughly 6 hours brief of the longest compare in history – John Isner holding 11 hours and 5 mins to kick Nicolas Mahut during Wimbledon in 2010 in a compare motionless 70-68 in a final set.

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