Day 2 at the Australian Open: Federer, Djokovic on court

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Defending champion Roger Federer was quickly into his majestic stride with a straight-sets win over Slovenian Aljaz Bedene in his opening match at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

She celebrated by twirling, waving and blowing kisses to the crowd.

"Obviously I wanted to start with the right intensity, which I have", Djokovic said.

The 12-times Grand Slam victor, seeded an unfamiliar 14, was too strong for American Donald Young, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 51min on Margaret Court Arena.

Kerber, the 2016 champion, continued her resurgent run with a 6-0, 6-4 win over fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam.

The world No.2 and title favourite went unbroken in his 6-3 6-4 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena in just one hour and 39 minutes.

She made her return to the majors at the U.S. Open, and finished the year ranked No. 60.

American Madison Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, moved into the second round with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Wang Qiang. I had various emotions, mostly good ones, excitement, joy, gratitude for being able to have an opportunity to compete.

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World No. 1 Simona Halep booked her place in the second round, avoiding the first-round exit that befell her in the past two years.

There were even greater doubts over Stan Wawrinka, who has also been sidelined since Wimbledon following knee surgery and only decided on Saturday that he would play in the tournament.

"Walking out here. being back here in Melbourne is an fantastic feeling and hopefully I can keep it going a little bit longer".

Wimbledon champion Garbine Mugurza, Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Garcia, Johanna Konta, Elena Vesnina, Agnieszka Radwanska, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Lucie Safarova advanced.

Sharapova was banned for after testing positive for the drug meldonium here in 2016, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished previous year ranked No. 60.

Djokovic spent as much time in his post-match media conference discussing a players' meeting last week, one in which he reportedly said that the players should seek more prize money at grand slams and set up a separate players' union.

Matching the muscle-exposing tank top with neon pink shorts, wristbands and headband, Nadal also found his championship form again in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 rout of 37-year-old Victor Estrella Burgos in the first round at Melbourne Park.

The dramatic call comes after Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley revealed the total prize money for the 2018 Australian Open has in fact increased to $55 million this year.

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