Former champion Rafa Nadal showed no signs of discomfort from his thigh strain as he sailed through to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-4 6-3 7-5 win over local hope James Duckworth on Monday.
The 17-time major victor hasn't played since retiring from his semifinal at the U.S. Open because of a knee injury, and then had surgery on his right ankle in November. Nadal pulled out of his Brisbane warm-up event two weeks ago with a thigh strain but insisted his injury woes were behind him.
'I'm very, very happy to be through'.
Nadal, who is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era, and only the third man ever, to win each of the four Grand Slams twice, ran his opponent down with his superior court coverage and ability to hit winners under pressure.
Maria Sharapova has the second-best record among active women's players in first-round matches at the majors, and she gave an illustration of why that's the case with a ruthless 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.
Back in 2014, Roger had the unique privilege to hit with Rod Laver on the Rod Laver Arena and the great Aussie was there again to watch Roger in 2016 during his match against David Goffin.
The Swiss will kick off the 20th Australian Open in a row against Denis Istomin on Monday night on Rod Laver Arena and the man after who the stadium was named after will be there to watch Federer in action, always admiring the skills and tennis knowledge of the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The Russian ended her 2018 season early with a shoulder injury.
Denmark's Wozniacki broke through for her first Slam title in Melbourne previous year, beating Simona Halep in the final, and said she was relishing defending a major for the first time. I don't know my percentage, but there were a lot of good positions after the first serve. "I think I was just focused on not having a letdown".
"And, you know, trust that that's going to pay dividends for me in the future".
Also advancing were 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, No. 11 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 19 Caroline Garcia, No. 29 Donna Vekic and No. 31 Petra Martic.
But Germany's 14th seed Julia Goerges, who won the recent Auckland Classic, crashed out in three sets to American Danielle Collins.
Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets.
Nadal looked in impressive form in his first competitive match since the US Open in September.
Fifth seed Kevin Anderson also progressed against Adrian Mannarino, with last year's Wimbledon finalist through 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
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He said in a statement: "It has been a great privilege to get to know my Debenhams colleagues over the past three years". In August a year ago , he rescued House of Fraser after the department store group collapsed into administration.
HBO announced that the premiere date and time of GoT will be shown before True Detective Season 3 premiere. And if fans still dread the ending of this monumental series, there are still prequel spinoffs to come.
National Security Advisor John Bolton conditioned the exit on guarantees from Turkey not to attack the group - angering Ankara. Mr Trump's comments on Sunday followed further criticism of his abrupt decision to withdraw USA forces from Syria.
Mr Trump has raised the stakes by threatening to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress and get the money he needs. House Democrats as well as a smattering of Republicans voted this week in favor of bills to reopen portions of the government.
Russian Federation has denied interfering, and Trump has said repeatedly there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow. He saids Deripaska himself and any companies he controls remain under sanctions.
The investigation, according to judicial sources, is looking into whether personal data was violated as part of the probe. Prime Minister Tsipras still needs parliament to ratify the deal and that has become more hard .
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Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s
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But he had a good session with his swing coach in Dallas, and it paid off two weeks later on the Gulf side of the Mexican coast. Also tied for fifth were Charles Howell III and 54-year-old Davis Love III , who had one of his better putting rounds.
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