Aussie Open Day 2: Djokovic easily through, Britain’s Watson dumped out

World Number one Novak Djokovic endured no problems in his first match of the Australian Open as the Serbian enjoyed a straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene, as he looks to become just the second man to win five Australian Open titles.

Novak Djokovic is tipped by many to win the Australian Open image: rte.ie

Novak Djokovic is tipped by many to win the Australian Open
image: rte.ie

Japan’s Kei Nishikori also had a comfortable straight sets win  6-4 7-6 6-2 victory over Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, as did Stanislas Wawrinka who beat Marsel Ilhan – the first Turk to reach a grand slam tournament – 6-1 6-4 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Milos Raonic was made to work by Ukrainian qualifier Illya Marchenko but the Canadian also won without dropping a set 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 and Aussie favourite Leyton Hewitt also advanced to the second round with a 6-3 1-6 6-0 6-4 win over China’s Ze Zhang.

Ninth seed David Ferrer recovered from losing the first set to defeat Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-7 (2/7) 6-2 6-0 6-3, while the upset of the day on the men’s side saw 21st seed Alexandr Dolgopolov lose to Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, who  won in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-2.

In women’s action, Great Britain’s Heather Watson was the biggest profile loss of the day with the 22-year-old – who just won the WTA Tour title in Hobart on Saturday – falling to Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4 6-0.

An unwell Heather Watson lost in staright sets to Tsvetana Pironkova image: rte.ie

An unwell Heather Watson lost in straight sets to Tsvetana Pironkova
image: rte.ie

It was a record-equalling day 11 seeds crashed out of the women’s singles in the first round, with Andrea Petkovic, Flavia Pennetta and former world number one Jelena Jankovic all losing out.

There were no problems for number four seed Petra Kvitova who enjoyed a 6-1 6-4 win over  Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands, while World number eight Caroline Wozniacki opened her campaign with a 7-6 6-2 win over American Taylor Townsend.

Serena Williams was given a test by unknown Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck but nonetheless emerged victorious with a 6-0 6-4 win, while sister Venus also had problems in advancing to the next round beating Spain’s Maria Torro-Flor 6-2 6-2.

You can see a full set of results from day two of the Australian Open here.

 

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