Rafael Nadal happy with new serve after comfortable win

Rafael Nadal happy with new serve after comfortable win

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has admitted Aussie James Duckworth's unique style of play had him stumped throughout his straight-sets first round rout of the journeyman.

Sharapova has served up double bagels at least five times on tour, including two in a row at the 2013 Australian Open against fellow Russian Olga Puchkova and Misaki Doi of Japan in the first two rounds of the tournament.

"Not easy to come back after a lot of months, especially against a player playing super aggressive on every point", said the 2009 Australian champion, who showed no sign of any injury worries.

Although she had two break points in the third game of the second set, Watson failed to take advantage and ended up losing in just over an hour.

Second seed Angelique Kerber, the 2016 champion, has an opening match against Slovakia's Polona Hercog, while Petra Kvitova, fresh from winning the Sydney International on Saturday, plays Magdalena Rybarikova.

"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say ... when you're playing the first round of a Grand Slam", she said.

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.

Heather Watson did not fare much better than her countrywoman.

"I'm still working through some painful days".

"And, you know, trust that that's going to pay dividends for me in the future".

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But Germany's 14th seed Julia Goerges, who won the recent Auckland Classic, crashed out, as did former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Isner went up a break in the fourth set and served to force a fifth while ahead 5-4.

It seemed Boulter wasn't told, fist-pumping and walking to the net at 7/4 before being reminded of the new rule.

Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker.

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki open their Australian Open title defences Monday as Andy Murray takes to the court for what could be his farewell match at Melbourne Park and potentially his last ever.

He starts off against Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena.

Berdych was the 2010 runner-up at Wimbledon and he twice has been a semifinalist at the Australian Open.

The Swiss has been drawn in the second half of the men's singles draw along with Nadal.

Reilly Opelka, ranked just 97th, earned his first victory in a main-draw match at a major by edging Isner in four tiebreakers 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) on Monday in the first round at Melbourne Park.

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