(Reuters) – 5-time finalist Andy Murray fell in a five-set mystery in opposition to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut within the opening around of the Australian Open on Monday, whilst peak contenders Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal recorded relaxed victories.
Tennis – Australian Open – First Spherical – Rod Laver Enviornment, Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2019. Switzerland’s Roger Federer reacts after profitable the fit in opposition to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Suffering with a prolonged hip harm, three-time Grand Slam champion Murray had the Melbourne crowd roaring when he got here again from two units down earlier than dropping 6-Four 6-Four 6-7(Five) 6-7(Four) 6-2 in simply over 4 hours.
“If this was once my final fit, it was once a great solution to finish,” the 31-year-old Scot mentioned. “I gave the whole thing I had — it wasn’t sufficient this night.”
In an emotional information convention on Friday, Murray mentioned the Australian Open may well be his final match however after the fit he left ajar the door for a go back subsequent 12 months.
“If I wish to cross once more, I’ll want to have a large operation, which there’s no ensure I’ll have the ability to come again from anyway, however I’ll give it my absolute best shot,” he added.
Protecting champion Federer cruised into the second one around with a 6-Three 6-Four 6-Four win over Uzbek Denis Istomin.
Nadal, 17 instances a Grand Slam winner, powered previous native hope James Duckworth 6-Four 6-Three 7-Five to kickstart his marketing campaign.
American John Isner turned into the primary top-10 participant to chew the mud when he was once surprised by way of compatriot Reilly Opelka 7-6(Four) 7-6(6) 6-7(Four) 7-6(Five).
The victory was once international quantity 97 Opelka’s first in the principle draw of a Grand Slam.
Within the girls’s draw, Caroline Wozniacki began her identify protection with a 6-Three 6-Four victory in opposition to Belgian Alison van Uytvanck.
International quantity two Angelique Kerber moved into the second one around with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, whilst Maria Sharapova raced previous British qualifier Harriet Dart in a 6-Zero 6-Zero win.
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Highlights of Monday’s opening day of the Australian Open, the primary grand slam match of the 12 months (all instances GMT):
1210 FEDERER EASES PAST ISTOMIN IN OPENER
Roger Federer, chasing a 3rd consecutive Australian Open identify, eased previous Uzbek Denis Istomin 6-Three 6-Four 6-Four within the opening around.
The 37-year-old Swiss will face British qualifier Dan Evans, ranked 189 on this planet, in the second one around.
1205 MURRAY BOWS OUT AFTER FIVE-SET BATTLE
5-time finalist Andy Murray produced an impressed comeback in what may have been his ultimate fit however was once in the end crushed by way of Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-Four 6-Four 6-7(Five) 6-7(Four) 6-2.
The previous international primary had introduced on Friday that he may well be compelled retire this 12 months because of a prolonged hip drawback.
0955 CHAMPION WOZNIACKI BREEZES THROUGH
A dominant Caroline Wozniacki scythed down Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-Three 6-Four in 93 mins to get her identify protection off to a robust get started.
The Dane, seeded 3rd, hit 4 aces and gained two out of 7 spoil issues in a managed show to down her unseeded opponent and arrange a fit with Johanna Larsson.
0915 PETKOVIC COLLAPSES ON COURT BEFORE CONCEDING MATCH
Andrea Petkovic was once compelled to retire from her opening fit in opposition to Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu after collapsing on court docket all the way through the 8th recreation of the second one set.
The match’s teacher and physician have been right away referred to as to regard the German who trailed in the second one set after profitable the outlet set 7-6(Three).
Petkovic in the end were given again on her toes and performed every other level earlier than calling it an afternoon.
0743 FIT-AGAIN BERDYCH BEATS EDMUND
Tomas Berdych, again to complete health following a again harm, defeated 13th seed Kyle Edmund 6-Three 6-Zero 7-Five to transport into the second one around in taste.
The Czech, a runner-up within the Qatar Open this month, is collaborating in handiest his 2d match because the Queen’s Membership championships final June however confirmed no indicators of the issue as he dismantled Briton Edmund.
Up subsequent for Berdych is Robin Haase, who beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 7-Five 6-Four 7-Five.
0707 DIMITROV ENJOYING AGASSI MENTORSHIP
Grigor Dimitrov mentioned having eight-times primary champion Andre Agassi in his nook as trainer had no longer simply sharpened his recreation but additionally stepped forward his outlook on existence.
“I’m only a higher individual, length. Each day, I’ve realized one thing new from him,” Dimitrov, who started operating with the American nice final October, mentioned following his win over Janko Tipsarevic.
“On occasion one of the issues he says… it has not anything to do with tennis. And nowadays earlier than the fit we’re speaking about utterly other stuff.
“I used to be, like, ‘Oh, that feels great.’ I believe he additionally helps to keep me on level, helps to keep me on test. He’s simply seeking to remind you of the great things in existence.”
0615 BATTLING ISNER FALLS TO UNSEEDED OPELKA
9th seed John Isner was once surprised by way of his American compatriot Reilly Opelka, who secured a 7-6(Four) 7-6(6) 6-7(Four) 7-6(Five) victory in a decent come upon between the towering pair.
Opelka, ranked 102 on this planet, moved into the second one around of a Grand Slam for the primary time.
0540 KERBER IN CRUISE CONTROL
Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber rarely broke sweat in her medical 6-2 6-2 victory over unseeded Polona Hercog. Up subsequent for the arena quantity two is Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia who beat Bernarda Pera in 3 units to advance.
0531 OSTAPENKO DUMPED OUT BY SAKKARI
Jelena Ostapenko’s deficient begin to the season persevered because the 2017 French Open champion was once knocked out within the opening around at Melbourne by way of Greece’s Maria Sakkari.
Ostapenko, eradicated within the first around in her earlier 3 tournaments, was once crushed 6-1 Three-6 6-2 by way of international quantity 41 Sakkari who scored her first occupation win over the Latvian to the pleasure of a loud contingent of her compatriots.
0416 DIMITROV RALLIES PAST TIPSAREVIC
Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov dropped the outlet set tamely however regained his composure to energy previous unseeded Janko Tipsarevic Four-6 6-Three 6-1 6-Four.
Dimitrov, who struggled with an ankle harm against the top of final season, hit 42 winners but additionally made 43 unforced mistakes all the way through the victory.
0408 STEPHENS MAKES SHORT WORK OF TOWNSEND
Giant-hitting American Sloane Stephens depended on accuracy as a substitute of energy, profitable 69 p.c of issues on her first serve to ease previous compatriot Taylor Townsend 6-Four 6-2.
0404 NADAL TOO GOOD FOR DUCKWORTH
International quantity two Rafa Nadal swatted apart Australian wild card James Duckworth 6-Four 6-Three 7-Five in a efficiency that eased considerations over his health forward of the season’s first primary.
The 2009 winner had pulled out of the Brisbane World warmup with a thigh pressure however confirmed no indicators of the issue in his opener, beating Duckworth in two hours and 15 mins.
He faces Matthew Ebden or Jan-Lennard Struff subsequent.
0332 ANDERSON EASES PAST MANNARINO
Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast previous Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-Three Five-7 6-2 6-1 and transfer into the second one around.
The towering South African, who hasn’t ever long past past the fourth around in Melbourne, subsequent meets unseeded American Frances Tiafoe, who beat qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran 7-6(7) 6-Three 6-Three.
0118 SHARAPOVA ‘DOUBLE BAGELS’ DART
Former champion Maria Sharapova opened the search for her 2d identify at Melbourne Park with a 6-Zero 6-Zero victory over British qualifier Harriet Dart.
The 22-year-old Briton stored two fit issues however blasted a backhand volley broad to provide the Russian an extraordinary ‘double bagel’ victory in 63 mins.
0015 PLAY UNDERWAY AT MELBOURNE PARK
Play were given underway on time table below sunny skies at 11 a.m. native time (0000) GMT with the temperature soaring simply over the 25 levels Celsius mark and a forecast prime of 35C.
Compiled by way of Greg Stutchbury, Shrivathsa Sridhar and Hardik Vyas, enhancing by way of Nick Mulvenney/Amlan Chakraborty/Clare Fallon