Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Fed­erer joins Djokovic in Round II

AUS­TRALIAN OPEN Twice Wim­ble­don cham­pion Kvi­tova, for­mer Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Raonic are day’s big­gest up­sets

- As­so­ci­ated Press sportsdesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MEL­BOURNE:Roger Fed­erer picked up where he left off at the Aus­tralian Open on a day when Maria Shara­pova and No­vak Djokovic helped en­sure there were all kinds of come­backs.

De­fend­ing cham­pion Fed­erer beat­ing Al­jaz Be­dene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in a night match, his first on Rod Laver Arena since clinch­ing a ca­reer-re­viv­ing ti­tle here last year. The 19-time ma­jor win­ner has been met on court af­ter wins here pre­vi­ously by ten­nis greats Laver, John McEn­roe and Jim Courier. On Tues­day night, he got some­thing dif­fer­ent. Co­me­dian Will Fer­rell stepped out of the crowd and, slip­ping into char­ac­ter as Ron Bur­gundy from the movie An­chor­man, con­ducted the post-match in­ter­view. As usual, the 36-year-old Fed­erer stayed classy.

Six-time cham­pion Djokovic and 2014 Aus­tralian Open win­ner Stan Wawrinka ear­lier made suc­cess­ful re­turns from in­jury lay­offs with vic­to­ries in their first matches since Wim­ble­don.


Shara­pova barely missed a beat in her first match in Mel­bourne since a failed dop­ing test here in 2016 re­sulted in a 15-month ban from ten­nis. The five-time ma­jor win­ner re­cov­ered from an early break in the sec­ond set and closed out her 6-1, 6-4 vic­tory over Tat­jana Maria with an ace.

“It’s been a cou­ple of years since I’ve been back here — ob­vi­ously I wanted to en­joy the mo­ment,” the 2008 Aus­tralian Open cham­pion said af­ter blow­ing kisses to the crowd.

For­mer No. 1-ranked Ker­ber, the 2016 Aus­tralian Open win­ner, con­tin­ued her resur­gent run with a 6-0, 6-4 vic­tory over An­naLena Fried­sam to ex­tend her streak to 10 con­sec­u­tive wins.

Djokovic tweaked his ser­vice mo­tion while re­cov­er­ing from an in­jured right el­bow, and used it to good ef­fect in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over Don­ald Young. Djokovic lost in the sec­ond round here last year, but won five of the pre­vi­ous six Aus­tralian Open ti­tles. “Ob­vi­ously I wanted to start with the right in­ten­sity, which I have,” Djokovic said. “I played per­fect, like I never stopped.” Wawrinka, who had six months out af­ter surgery on his left knee, beat Ri­car­das Ber­ankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2).


No. 4-ranked 4-Alexan­der Zverev, No. 5 Do­minic Thiem, No. 7 David Gof­fin, No. 19 To­mas Berdych ad­vanced, but No. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Fer­nando Ver­dasco and for­mer Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Mi­los Raonic lost to Lukas Lacko. No. 13 Sam Quer­rey re­stored some or­der for the U.S. men with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Feli­ciano Lopez.

Madi­son Keys re­versed a trend, be­com­ing the only one of the four Amer­i­can women who con­tested the U.S. Open semi­fi­nals four months ago to reach the sec­ond round in Aus­tralia.

No. 17-seeded Keys, the U.S. Open run­ner-up, ad­vanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang and will be one of four Amer­i­can women in the sec­ond round. Topranked Si­mona Halep had to save set points at 5-2 down in the first set, and badly twisted her left an­kle early in the sec­ond, be­fore beat­ing teenage wild-card en­try Des­ta­nee Ai­ava 7-6 (5),

6-1. Halep next plays 2014 Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Eu­ge­nie Bouchard. Wim­ble­don cham­pion Gar­bine Mugurza, No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Car­o­line Gar­cia, No. 9 Jo­hanna Konta, No. 16 Elena Ves­nina, No. 26 Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, No. 28 Mir­jana Lu­cic-Ba­roni and No. 29 Lu­cie Sa­farova ad­vanced.

 ?? GETTY ?? Fed­erer beat Al­jaz Be­dene 6­3, 6­4, 6­3 on Tues­day.
GETTY Fed­erer beat Al­jaz Be­dene 6­3, 6­4, 6­3 on Tues­day.
 ?? GETTY ?? Fed­erer beat Al­jaz Be­dene 6­3, 6­4, 6­3 on Tues­day.
GETTY Fed­erer beat Al­jaz Be­dene 6­3, 6­4, 6­3 on Tues­day.

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