Rafael Nadal, Maria Sharapova advance in straight sets at Australian Open

Novak Djokovic reveals his most exciting match in career

"It was good. It is normal that beginnings are tough, but every day helps and every day makes me feel better, makes me feel more confident", said Nadal, who limped out of both the Australian and US Opens previous year.

Five-time Grand Slam victor Maria Sharapova warned she can not be written off at this year's Australian Open after serving a 6-0, 6-0 "double bagel" to Britain's Harriet Dart in the first round Monday.

"So that's an important victory because is the first victory in a while and at the same time, because it gives me the chance to be on court again".

Nadal has only lost twice in the first round at Grand Slams - to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 - and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era two win all four majors at least twice.

Nadal broke the journalist's slumber by saying: "It's not interesting today", prompting a loud ripple of laughter. What Isner failed to do for the first time in his career was beat an American foe at a Grand Slam tournament, and now the highest-ranked man from the U.S.is gone from the Australian Open.

"I love what I do, I love competing and challenging myself to get better", she said.

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He said. a lot of different things over three days of interviews, none of which were particularly encouraging. "Andrew was tough. He was battling me, took the lead.it was nice to have that pressure, to have come through and to make some birdies coming in".

Adam Svensson leads rd 1 of Sony Open in Hawaii
It was sticking up right in the line on about a 4-footer. "All in all, I got a test of most of the new rules today", he said. He made birdie on half of his holes and took only 23 putts for an eight-under 62 - the lowest score of his PGA Tour career.

"He went on court, you know - it's not a negative point". He went on court probably doing a thing that works well for him, and he gives him some chances. Not at all. Believe me. "And that's what I need today". "And he played smart and he played well".

Boulter beat Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (6), including 10-6 in the tiebreaker.

The 21-year-old Opelka, an inch taller than the 6ft-10in Isner (2.08m), broke the ninth seed's flawless 9-0 winning record against Americans at the Grand Slams in a match featuring 87 aces.

In the other match, fifth-seed Kevin Anderson also progressed to the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over 2018 Wimbledon finalist Adrian Mannarino.

"And, you know, trust that that's going to pay dividends for me in the future".

"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say", Sharapova - the 30th seed - told reporters afterwards.

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