Australian Open 2018: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic Ease Into Second Round

Former world number one Djokovic made his competitive return to action after a six-month lay off with an elbow injury by outclassing Donald Young 6-1 6-2 6-4 in the first round in Melbourne.

Dimitrov has never lost to a qualifier in seven matches at a Grand Slam tournament, and he has dropped only one set.

Djokovic is due to launch his bid for a record seventh men's Open title later on Tuesday against American Donald Young.

The 20-year-old Bencic saved five break points in the eighth game before a rain delay caused an nearly half-hour suspension of play as the roof was closed on Rod Laver Arena.

Previous year at Melbourne Park, Dimitrov equaled his best Grand Slam result, reaching the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets.

Both the Romanian and her 17-year-old wildcard opponent needed on-court medical attention before the top seed ran out a battling 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 victor.

Even with Murray and Novak Djokovic out of the frame for much of 2017 due to injury, "Gen Next" once again failed to make inroads at the four tournaments that really count.

Several reports emerged early in the week about a players' meeting on Friday, in which it was claimed Djokovic called for players to push for a greater share of the game's profits.

Former champion Angelique Kerber has won her 10th match in a row to start the season, beating fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4 in the first round at Melbourne Park.

Anderson, the U.S. Open runner-up a year ago, said the Council's focus was on helping lower-ranked players make a better living.

Djokovic was playing his first match since he retired during his Wimbledon quarter-final.

Wawrinka, who had six months out after surgery on his left knee, beat Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - prefers to think of or Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the Australian Open title, despite entering as defending champion and coming off a worry-free preparation. Both winners of the men's and women's singles draws will receive $4 million each in 2018. As for the banana, she added: "I was just trying to wait for what I asked for to come and the chair umpire deemed that it wasn't a good enough reason to wait for anything".

"It has worked like that for last 40-plus years in this kind of harmony, so to say". But she made a meal of it against local hope Destanee Aiava. "I couldn't move", she said.

Like 22-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, fourth seed Zverev possesses a majestic game capable of toppling the very best but also has a propensity to crumble on the biggest stages.

First-round losers that year earned AU$27,600, a 32 percent increase from the year before.

  • Julie Sanders