Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were among those in action at the Australian Open on Tuesday, and they made it through the first round with straight-set wins over Aljaz Bedene and Donald Young, respectively.
There were plenty of other top stars on court in Melbourne including Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, who all progressed to the second round.
Meanwhile, there were several upsets as Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut were knocked out by Lukas Lacko and Fernando Verdasco, respectively; in the women’s draw, Andrea Petkovic beat Petra Kvitova 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in a three-hour epic.Here’s how to catch the action from the day’s play:
Watch: Eurosport 1 (UK) and ESPN2 (U.S.)
Live Stream: Eurosport Player (UK), Tennis Channel Everywhere (U.S.), WatchESPN (U.S.)
Friday Replay Coverage: Eurosport 1 from 1:30 p.m. (GMT), Tennis Channel from 12 p.m. (ET)
Full Schedule: AusOpen.com
Federer and Djokovic Advance
Federer comfortably eased past Bedene at the Rod Laver Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to ensure a seventh straight first-round exit for the Slovenian in Melbourne.
The Swiss star breezed through the opening set, holding to love in three service games in a row and conceding just three points on his serve throughout.
Despite being broken immediately in the second, Bedene was able to provide slightly more of a challenge in the second, per Eurosport UK:
He remained unable to breach the world No. 2’s serve, though, and Federer racked up 12 aces by the time the contest was finished, per the tournament’s official website, with the third set proving as straightforward as the first.
Djokovic enjoyed an even more routine win over Young as he dismissed the American 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
A poor start from Young paved the way for a comfortable return to action for the Serb, who was making his first competitive appearance since Wimbledon after dealing with an elbow injury.
Per Sky Sports’ Paul Prenderville, Djokovic announced his delight at returning: “It feels great to be back here and great to be back on a tennis court—there is no better place for me after six months of injury than here in Australia.”
“I have never faced a situation like this in my career, I have only maybe had a one-month absence,” he added. “It had to come eventually, this injury has been with me for a while, it escalated last year and I had to take some time off.”
World No. 1 Halep looked as though she might become the victim of a sensational upset when 17-year-old Australian Destanee Aiava took charge of their first set, but unfortunately for the teenager things quickly unravelled, per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times: