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Day 1 preview: Giants step out
Roger Federer, along with defending champs Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, get their Slam seasons under way on Monday watch replay Australian open 2016.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic make their Australian Open 2016 debuts on Monday, with the sublime Swiss headlining the evening Rod Laver Arena program, while the superb Serb is featured in the day session.
The pair, along with Rafael Nadal, have formed the triumvirate that has ruled tennis over the past decade. Federer and Djokovic have developed a serious rivalry, which is currently a dead heat at 22 wins apiece.
Federer leads Djokovic in Wimbledon titles 7-3, in US Open titles 5-2 and in French Open titles 1-0, but Djokovic is ahead 5-4 (and counting?) in Australian Open crowns. They have played in the two previous Grand Slam finals – at last year’s Wimbledon and US Open with Djokovic winning both in four sets – but will not this time because they’re are in the top half of the draw and slated to clash in the semifinals.
Off the court, the 28-year-old Djokovic and wife Jelena have become parents, welcoming son Stefan 15 months ago. But Novak has a way to go to match Federer, 34, in terms of offspring. Roger and wife Mirka have two sets of twins – Charlene and Myla, six, and Lenny and Leo, 20 months.
Novak and Jelena would need triplets from her next pregnancy to catch up. But then the Federers have the advantage of family genes. Roger’s older (20 months) sister Diana also has twins – five-year-old Emily and Roman.
Serena Williams, 34, and Maria Sharapova, 28, begin their Australian Opens today, with Williams facing the rapid-fire base-lining of Camila Giorgi, 24, of Italy, while Sharapova takes on emerging 21-year-old Japanese Nao Hibino.
Williams (left knee) and Sharapova (left forearm) both withdrew from pre-Australian Open events and will be anxious to quickly establish their bona fides at Melbourne Park. Williams, who has a 2-0 head-to-head with the No. 36-ranked Giorgi, has won six Aussie Opens while Sharapova, playing No. 56 Hibino for the first time, triumphed once, in 2008.
There will also be first-time meetings for Djokovic and Federer. In clean-stroking No. 51-ranked Hyeon Chung of Korea, Djokovic will be tested by a promising 19-year-old – the ATP’s ‘Most Improved’ player of 2015 – who has joined Hyung Taik-Lee as the only man from his country to rank in the top 100.
Djokovic earned a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Hyeon Chung, overcoming some uncharacteristic sloppiness in the process. The defending champion had three double-faults and 27 unforced errors, finding particular trouble on his second serves. Chung helped Djokovic right the ship by giving up 29 unforced errors of his own.
The 19-year-old, who was playing in his first 2016 Australian Open, struggled mightily against Djokovic’s overpowering first serves.
Federer faces 23-year-old Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia. The world No. 117 is playing in his fourth career Grand Slam main draw after qualifying at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open last year.
Basilashvili – “Basil” to some friends – has an unconventional bloodline for a tennis player. His father Nodar was a dancer with the Georgian national ballet. Perhaps that will enable him to more fully appreciate the velvet grace and peerless skills of his opponent across the net today – one of the most artful athletes in the history of world sport.
Kei Nishikori def. Philipp Kohlschreiber in four
The Japanese No. 7 seed is comfortable at this Grand Slam of Asia Pacific and wins this first meeting with the German, who missed being seeded by one spot.
Dominika Cibulkova def. Kristina Mladenovic in two
After a solid run to the Hobart semi-finals, the 2014 Aussie Open finalist from Slovakia knocks off the power-hitting No. 28 seed from France.
Alison Riske def. Belinda Bencic in three
The 18-year-old Swiss, seeded No. 12, had a queasy stomach last week in Sydney and retired during her semifinal match. The tenacious 25-year-old American proves to be too tough an opponent on the day.
Nick Kyrgios, 20, is as crazy-talented a player that has come along in many years. His ball-striking ability and flair make for can’t-miss viewing for his opening-round against 24-year-old Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain at Hisense Arena.
Djokovic once declared that Grigor Dimitrov (who plays Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on Show Court 3 on Monday) was “the best-looking guy on the tour.” Former girlfriend Sharapova and current flame Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger would likely not disagree.
Day 1 Final Recap Preview Highlights Round
|(1) Novak Djokovic||Hyeon Chung||6-3, 6-2, 6-4|
|(3) Roger Federer||Nikoloz Basilashvili||6-2, 6-1, 6-2|
|(6) Tomas Berdych||Yuki Bhambri||7-5, 6-1, 6-2|
|(7) Kei Nishikori||Philipp Kohlschreiber||6-4, 6-3, 6-3|
|(9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga||Marcos Baghdatis||6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2|
|(1) Serena Williams||Camila Giorgi||6-4, 7-5|
|(4) Agnieszka Radwanska||Christina McHale||6-2, 6-3|
|(5) Maria Sharapova||Nao Hibino||6-1, 6-3|
|(6) Petra Kvitova||Luksika Kumkhum||6-3, 6-1|
|(10) Carla Suarez-Navarro||Viktorija Golubic||7-5, 6-4|