Aussie Open Day 1: Murray made to work; Ivanovic suffers early exit

On Day 1 of the Aussie Open it was a comfortable day for the most the top seeds but Andy Murray was made to work for his spot in the next round, while the tournament came to an early end for former women’s world number one Ana Ivanovic.

Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic served 10 double faults in her first-round loss image: rte.ie

Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic served 10 double faults in her loss to Lucie Hradecka
image: rte.ie

First to the men’s action and Roger Federer enjoyed an easy 6-4 6-2 7-5 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu, while Rafael Nadal was also convincing in a 6-3 6-2 6-2 triumph over Russian Mikhail Youzhny.

Andy Murray also claimed a straight sets 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win over world number 317 Yuki Bhambri but it was a far from convincing performance from the Scot.

Tournament 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov beat Dustin Brown 6-2 6-3 6-2, while seventh seed Tomas Berdych also won without dropping a set against Colombia’s Alejandro Falla 6-3 7-6 (7/1) 6-3

The best action from day one saw Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis defeat 11th seed Ernests Gulbis 5-7 6-0 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 8-6, while fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios – who beat Nadal on his way to the Wimbledon quarter-finals last year – also needed five sets to get the better of Argentina’s Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7/2) 3-6 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-3.

In women’s action, the biggest shock came for fifth seed Ana Ivanovic who fell to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka 1-6 6-3 6-2.

There was no problem for Maria Sharapova who recorded a 6-4 6-1 win over Croatia’s Petra Martic, while it was also an easy day for seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard who cruised past German Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2 6-4.

You can see a full list of results on the Australian Open website.

credit: Australian Open TV

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