Sharapova shows no sympathy after handing Dart double-bagel

French Open final 2008 Nadal claims a devastating win over Federer

Rafael Nadal was satisfied with how his new serve worked in a competitive environment after beating James Duckworth at the Australian Open on Monday.

The No. 2-seeded Nadal had a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wild-card entry James Duckworth on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open, his first match back on Rod Laver Arena since he had to retire in his quarterfinal match past year.

"Not easy to come back after a lot of months, especially against a player playing super aggressive on every point", the 32-year-old Spaniard said at the press conference.

Nadal, who is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era, and only the third man ever, to win each of the four Grand Slams twice, ran his opponent down with his superior court coverage and ability to hit winners under pressure.

Anderson, the fifth seed at the year's first Grand Slam, saw off tricky Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 53 minutes.

"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say", the 2008 victor told reporters.

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.

Rafale Nadal during the 2019 Australian Open.

She was on the wrong side of the ledger when American Lindsay Davenport beat her 6-0, 6-0 at Indian Wells in 2005.

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

" You know, there is no doubt that my level wasn't where I wanted it to be, but she was there to take the match."
His only hiccup came when he served for the match in the ninth game of the third set and was broken at love.

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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.

The 22-year-old Londoner lost after opening up play on Rod Laver Arena, having qualified last week.

She got seven of her 29 points from Sharapova's double-faults.

It seemed Boulter wasn't told, fist-pumping and walking to the net at 7/4 before being reminded of the new rule. Marin Cilic beat Bernard Tomic 6-2 6-4 7-6.

Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday.

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

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

The South African, a runner-up to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon previous year, had failed to reach the second round at Melbourne Park since 2015, but made no mistake this time round.

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