• SportFM

Australian Open Day one recap



It's been a mixed opening day for Australian hopefuls at their home Grand Slam, John Millman the highest profile casualty as the Australian Open commenced at Melbourne Park.


Millman lost his opening round clash to Frenchman Corentin Moutet, losing in five sets 4-6 7-6 6-3 2-6 3-6 having taken a two sets to one lead before fading fast to exit at the earliest opportunity in the tournament.


Fellow Australian Marc Polmans also lost in five sets, showing great fight against Hungarian Marton Fucsovics but ultimately bowing out 6-4, 3-6, 1-6 7-6 (7-3), 3-6.


James Duckworth made a great start to his tournament with a 6-2 6-3 6-4 win over Damir Dzumhur, while Nick Krygios made light work of Portuguese player Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-4 6-4 6-4.


Alex Bolt won through to the second round with a four set win over Norbet Gombos, while the maligned Bernard Tomic had a walkover win with Japanese player Yuichi Sugita forced to retire due to injury with the match at one set apiece, Tomic up 4-1 in the third when Sugita shook hands with his opponent.


Big names Milos Raonic, Domenic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Stan Warwinka all progressed, but Frenchman Gael Monfis departed having lost all six matches played in Australia, losing to Emil Ruusuvuori in four sets.


Day two sees Australians Christopher O'Connell, Alexi Popryin (against 14th seed David Goffin), Alexsandar Vukic, Li Tu, Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex De Minaur all commence their Australian Open campaign.


On the women's side of the draw Ajla Tomjlanovic had a comfortable straight sets win over Misaki Doi, but number two seed Simona Halep made light work of Lizette Cabrera in sending the young Aussie packing 6-2 6-1.


Kimberly Birrell looked on her way to a quick exit as she lost the first set of her match against Canadian Rebecca Marino 6-0, but fought harder in the second set only to lose the match in straight sets in a marathon second set tie break, Marino claiming eleven points to ten to progress to the second round.


The Williams sisters both had straight sets wins to progress to the second round, as did 2019 champion Naomi Osaka over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.


The biggest shock of the opening day came in the form of 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber failing to progress to the second round, beaten comprehensively 6-0 6-4 by American Bernarda Pera.


Day two sees world number one Ash Barty commence her tournament with a match up with Danka Kovinic, while Sam Stosur faces Destinee Aiava in an all Aussie matchup, Daria Gavrilova, Maddison Inglis and Astra Sharma other Aussie women to feature on the card.


IMAGE: The Age.