The Australian Open draw has set up some intriguing matches for the first round with all of the big hitters present and ready to get underway. ¿Sabéis por qué me gusta tanto hacer deportes en casa? The 32-year-old, who has reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park on three occasions, served 14 aces but made 38 unforced errors as he won his opening match in two hours and 53 minutes. At the beginning it's not easy to evaluate yourself. The Australian was unable to get back into the set, but he did break early in the second. I don't know my percentage, but was a lot of good positions after the first serve. Yep, the Australian Open draw was performed today.
He could meet them in the Fibal! One thing to look out for today is Nadal's remodelled serve, which is designed to quicken points and reduce the strain on his body. The first is with a service winner, and the second is through Nadal-esque defence that eventually leads to Rafa missing a smash. I felt solid with the second. But if he is to duke it out with Djokovic for the top honours he has to listen to his body, even if that means more time on the sidelines in the short term. Instead of the favorites, the unparalleled SportsLine tennis analyst is eyeing a pair of monster long shots, including one who's in peak form and went deep recently in other majors. He's sharing them over at SportsLine.
In the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, the 30th seeded Russian was all over the 131st-ranked Dart from the first point and wrapped up the match in little more than an hour after a ruthless barrage of power hitting. Nadal had planned to test his tweaked service motion at the before being forced to withdraw from the event with an abdominal injury. It will be the 107th edition of the , the 51st in the , and the first of the year. Another Aussie in Alex de Minaur. Just like this season, the clay swing includes five biggest tournaments in the world on the slowest surface, looking to defend four titles he won in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Paris and to add some valuable points at home in Madrid where Thiem defeated him in the quarters this May. Andy Murray's Australian Open career looks to have come to an end with his defeat at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut, but the five-time Melbourne finalist did not go down without a fight as he took the match to five sets, having been two down.
An ace then wraps up the hold, and the deficit remains at just one break. The Spaniard used the time on the sidelines to undergo surgery to remove bone fragments in his right ankle, and to convene with his team and further develop the tactics needed to fine-tune his game. Certainly you pointed out the negative. Before, the ball he served lost power immediately after bouncing. The retirement against Del Potro was his second at a grand slam after a hip injury forced cut short his match against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in January.
Ahead of the tournament, the Scot had announced his at Wimbledon this year —which he is not even sure he's capable of reaching —due to the pain he's suffering because of a long-term hip problem. Communications of any kind, audible or visible, between a player and coach may be construed as coaching. Federer has not played on clay since 2016 and it has helped him be a force at Wimbledon and, at 37, has helped him prolong his career. In his th appearance at the , gets his 2019 campaign underway, def. The target for him must be to be fully fit for the clay-court season in May and June and trying to win a 12th French Open. There are more grand slams and titles in Nadal.
Alison Riske: 6-3, 6-3 F ull results can be found at the Australian Open's. Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova blaze through to the second round The first meeting between the 17-times Grand Slam champion, a winner at Melbourne Park in 2009, and Australian wildcard Duckworth, who is ranked 238 in the world, always had the potential to be an uneven contest. He'll face Australian Matthew Ebden in the Round of 64 on Tuesday. A post about the Nadal news conference on the site chalked up Scanagatta's snoozing to jet lag and noted that it had gone viral. American Isner, seeded ninth in Melbourne, was beaten 7-6 7-4 7-6 8-6 6-7 4-7 7-6 7-5 by compatriot Opelka in just over three hours. So who wins the Australian Open? Denis Istomin: 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 6 Marin Cilic bt. However, his advantage was short-lived — giving the break up from 40-0 — before Nadal took complete control.
Ebden fends it off with a string of booming groundstrokes, and then earns a break point when Nadal nets a backhand! Behind him are Federer 9-2 , Rafael Nadal 6-1 and Alexander Zverev 10-1 , with all other players listed at 20-1 or higher. Only Dominic Thiem at the Madrid Open and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon beat Nadal in a match that went the distance. Stephens, seeded fifth this year, has endured a horror run at Melbourne Park since reaching the semi-final in 2013. Plenty of positives to reflect on then, and it calls into question as to whether Djokovic would have been quite so dominant in the second half of the season if Nadal he had been around more. Federer, 37, is not the favorite, however. He looked in decent shape in his first round match on Monday, which he won 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 against another Aussie James Duckworth, but far bigger tests await - including today, potentially.
Express Sport has rounded up the full Australian Open first round draw with some of the biggest names highlighted. This time he takes it, flicking away a forehand winner into the open court. In 2014, Calvert called Stan Wawrinka's shocking Aussie Open triumph, a legendary call that rewarded Calvert's followers with a 60-1 payout. Good luck and Vamos Rafa! What Nadal must do in 2019 is protect his body more and that may mean playing a more selective schedule. The 37-year-old did not face a break point against Istomin, 32, as he started his campaign for a third straight title in Melbourne.
Nadal was in fine form, breaking again in the sixth game of the third, only to squander it when serving for the match at 5-3. The Spanish star added a second Aussie scalp on Wednesday night, following his first round win over James Duckworth with a straight sets victory against Matthew Ebden. The Swiss, who has won the tournament six times, came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 and will play Britain's Dan Evans next. Let me show you in 10 seconds! We could only see what the cameras captured, so we likely weren't able to catch every infraction; but the sample size gave us a strong indication of the rate of penalization for men and women. That was the only time in the past 13 years someone not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic has won this event. And two of those he was unable to finish.