With day two of the Australian Open complete, the story was of top seeds advancing into the second round.
Roger Federer came through a routine match against Australian James Duckworth going through 6-4 6-4 6-2 despite scorching heat. The 32-year old former world number one is bidding for a fifth Australian Open title, and got off to a good start under new coach Stefan Edberg.
He is joined in the second round by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Italian Filippo Volandri 7-5 6-3 6-3. 13th seed John Isner was one seed who feel, being forced to retire injured in his match against Martin Klizan. The American hard injured his ankle at a Hopman Cup event at the start of the year, and withdrew in the third set, after losing the first two.
Rafael Nadal’s match against Bernard Tomic was also affected by injury, with the home crowd favourite Tomic forced to withdraw with an injury at the end of the first set. While it wouldn’t be the ideal return to Melbourne for Nadal (playing his first Australian Open since 2012), the Spaniard will be glad to have avoided a long match in the heat.
British number one Andy Murray took only one hour and 27 minutes to advance into the second round, beating 112th ranked Go Soeda 6-1 6-1 6-3. The match of the day goes to Giles Simon and Daniel Brands, who battled through extreme heat to produce five sets, with the fifth and final set finishing 16-14 to Simon.