Wawrinka wins first match back after knee surgery

The two former champions have in fact contested seven matches, with the Russian holding a 4-3 lead.

She was loving returning to Melbourne for the Australian Open.

Sevastova would not back down though, with two break points on hand to extend the match.

But there will be no Konta, who lost 6-4, 7-5 to world No 123 Croatian-American Bernarda Pera. Aiava gave her a real fight but just seemed to run out of steam.

Djokovic looked far from his best but was still too good for the enigmatic world No.39, maintaining his ideal record against Monfils with a 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory.

"It's always really cool to go up against the best in the world", Bouchard said, per the Associated Press. If you look at the numbers, and I think all of you in here would agree if you were a man or woman, you want to go to a place that's willing to invest in women's tennis.

Maria Sharapova, in contrast, laid down her title credentials with dominant win against 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova. The backhand wing did the damage on break point as Sharapova stepped well inside the baseline to smack a cross-court return victor. It's holiday season in Australia, everyone's smiling.

The 2016 Australian Open victor beat fellow German Friedsam 6-0, 6-4 to win her tenth match in a row this season. To see that the knee is keeping it, that I can play a match with the stress, back being tight, with hesitation.

Djokovic, who at his post-match press conference failed to answer a question about whether he had asked for an afternoon match, might have wanted to test himself in the heat of the day.

"I just tried to embrace whatever emotions are coming, but at the same time trying to focus myself as much as I can on the present moment", Djokovic said. I know that I have to play my best tennis again.

Novak Djokovic won convincingly in the opening round of the Australian Open 2018 against American Donald Young in his Grans Slam return. His draw, however, is extremely hard.

Eighth seed Caroline Garcia was forced to battle before eventually coming through a tough contest against Germany's Carina Witthoeft 7-5 6-3 while 29th seed Lucie Safarova also reached the second round accounting for Australian wild card Ajla Tomljanovic and 16th seed Elena Vesnina was a comfortable victor over Ons Jabeur. Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin, Sam Querrey and Tomas Berdych advanced for the men.

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