Defending champ Wozniacki fires into Open second round

Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki trains. Edgar Su Reuters

So everybody wants to play well here.' Nadal added: 'Is again another season, coming back from a tough period of time, but with highest motivation possible to start another season.

Playing before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena, Federer broke Istomin's serve at 2-2 in the third set on the way to his seventh win in a row without a loss against the Uzbekistan player.

Rafael Nadal said on Monday he was delighted with his remodelled serve and his fitness levels after blazing into the second round of the Australian Open. Also advancing on the men's side were No. 14 Stefanos Tsitsipas, no. 18 Diego Schwartzman, No. 19 Nikoloz Basilashvili, No. 20 Grigor Dimitrov, No. 26 Fernando Verdasco and No. 27 Alex de Minaur, who won the Sydney International final last weekend.

Van Uytvanck began well to set up a break point in the first game of the opening set but Wozniacki saved it with some big serving.

Sharapova, a victor at Melbourne Park in 2008, said she was feeling positive after "tough times" in her career.

'Today he went on court with the determination to don't play tennis the way that, you know, I understand tennis.

Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon previous year, 2008 Australian Open champion Sharapova said she couldn't afford to feel any empathy for Dart.

"It was a good test for my leg, for my shoulder", she said.

Instead of playing to the death, third or fifth sets now go to a tie-break when the score reaches 6-6 and it becomes the first to 10.

Up next for Sharapova is Rebecca Peterson, who beat Sorana Cirstea, 6-4, 6-1.

"You've got to come out here and win the match".

Rafael Nadal caught a journalist sleeping during his press conference after the second seed advanced to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Scottish former world number one Murray tearfully revealed last week that severe pain from a hip injury was proving too much to bear and he planned to retire this year.

He would like to finish at Wimbledon, but admitted the Australian Open could be his last tournament.

The 25-year-old exited in the first round in 2015, 2016 and 2018, and also missed 2017 with a foot injury.

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