Australian Open 2018 - Novak Djokovic vs Gael Monfils Preview
Jan 18, 2018, 13:56
It will be a meeting of the only two former champions in the women's draw, with Sharapova lifting the trophy a decade ago while Kerber was the victor in 2016.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza struggled with the heat in an upset second-round loss that left just three major winners in the Australian Open women's draw on Day 4.
The five-time major victor got vocal support from fans during and after her opening match.
The 30-year-old still finds herself being questioned all the time about her 15-month absence and the repercussions but Sharapova is settling back into the routine of grand slam tennis.
"A month ago, I didn't know if I was going to come to Australia or not because the elbow was still not prepared for this level of competition", said Djokovic on BBC, UK. She happens to be the next one that I have to play. You have to work for every point in a match. "I played flawless tennis, like I never stopped".
"I get shivers", said Sharapova. The Russian was making her first appearance at the Australian Open since 2016 having served a ban for a doping violation and rattled off the first set in just over half an hour.
"In more or less all of these practice sessions, I could feel that I was hitting the ball well". "I love Australia. I love the summer-time". Unfortunately this injury has been with me for a while and it escalated past year around Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
The American said he felt the same as Nadal after a lengthy 2017 - physically spent and lacking enough of an off-season to recover fully.
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Fellow former World No.1 Kerber, who won the tournament in 2016, was also impressive in dismissing Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-0, 6-4. Dismissing the speculations, Novak confirmed, "We, players, wanted to have us players talk about certain topics", adding, "I don't think there is anything unhealthy about that". In the victory, Djokovic won 79 percent of his first serve points and 71 percent of his second serve points.
The former world number one said she had learned to be comfortable with all the attention.
The 29-year-old German will meet the victor of Donna Vekic and Nao Hibino in the second round as she seeks her third grand slam title.
"I think it's going to be very interesting". I maybe could have done things better but, at the end, she deserves to win.
No. 20 Barbora Strycova's 6-1, 7-5 win over wild-card entry Kristie Ahn and Aliaksandra Sasnovich beat Christina McHale 6-3, 6-2 to make it 2 for 13 for the US women so far.
Karolina Pliskova and Madison Keys ensured they had no problems with the oppressive heat.
No. 5 Dominic Thiem rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and No. 21 Albert Ramos beat another American, wild-card entry Tim Smyczek.
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