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MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Top seed Novak Djokovic took the first step along the path that many expect will lead to his fifth Australian Open title with a 6-3 6-2 6-4 victory over Slovenian qualifier Aljaz Bedene.
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Stan Wawrinka's title defence got off to a flying start at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the Swiss easing past Turkish battler Marsel Ilhan 6-1 6-4 6-2 to reach the second round.
MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Victoria Azarenka continued her love affair with the bright blue courts of Melbourne Park on Tuesday as the unseeded two-time former champion cruised to a 6-3 6-2 first round victory over Sloane Stephens.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - As seed after seed in the women's draw fell on the opening day of the Australian Open on Monday, world number two Maria Sharapova was vowing that she would not be one of them.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova glittered under the Rod Laver Arena lights on Monday, restoring order at the Australian Open after eight women's seeds crashed out in the afternoon sun on a manic opening day.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Cooling temperatures in the Melbourne evening forced Roger Federer to rethink his tactics in a clinical 6-4 6-2 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Retired Australian Open champion Li Na told the centre court crowd at Melbourne Park on Monday that she was expecting her first child with her husband and former coach Jiang Shan.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - For about 20 minutes on Monday, Lucie Hradecka felt that playing on Rod Laver Arena was so overwhelming that she was never going to be able to nail a first serve or return anything that Ana Ivanovic blasted at her.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A relieved Rafa Nadal felt the confidence come flooding back in a first-round romp at the Australian Open on Monday after former world number one Ana Ivanovic crashed out on the opening day at Melbourne Park.
MELBOURNE, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Sixth seed Andy Murray overcame some frustrating moments in the third set to advance to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday.
MELBOURNE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic pronounced himself fit and raring to go in search of his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday after overcoming a bout of illness that had prompted social media users to suggest he was in doubt for the tournament.