Day 1 Update: The Short Version

Written By: achangeofends - Jan• 18•11

So Day 1 of the Australian Open went mostly as expected. It was a day of domination on Rod Laver. Maria Sharapova was first up, winning quite easily over Tamarine Tanasugarn and looking in good form. While she had an easy time of it yesterday, I still have my doubts about her abilities against better opponents. If she makes it through her next two matches, she will likely face Venus Williams which would be a huge test.

Caroline Wozniacki was up next, quickly dismissing Gisela Dulko. She may be the number one seed, but almost no one has her pegged to win the title. I think she has a fair chance considering how open the field is, but she’d have to get a little lucky and play her very best tennis. I’m torn because I’d like to see her keep winning, but I really don’t want to see anymore of that dress.

Roger Federer rounded out the day session by downing Lukas Lacko in three very uncompetitive sets. Fed looks to be in great form and is definitely one of the two favorites to win this title.

In other news, Djokovic, Roddick, Williams, Berdych, Azarenka, Verdasco, Petkovic, and Bartoli all moved on completed unimpeded in straight sets.

We did see a couple of five setters on the first day of action in Melbourne including Mardy Fish’s first career win after trailing by two sets, against Victor Hanescu. Fish doesn’t have a great draw (i.e. he’s in Fed’s quarter) so I don’t expect great results from him in Australia; however, I think we can safely say that he’ll be in good form this season. Gael Monfils somehow outlasted Thiemo de Bakker after being down two sets. I think nerves really got the best of de Bakker after the third set. It wasn’t even competitive anymore. It’s a shame because the Dutchman is quite talented. Perhaps one of the most surprising results of the day was a five setter between Sam Querrey and Lukasz Kubot, which Kubot won 8-6 in the fifth. This is a really unfortunate result for Querrey, who’s still looking to breakthrough at a Slam. He has the skills so I fully expect him to make it one day. Just to rub it in a little more, Kubot did a little dance for the crowd after his win. It seems he may have wanted to be a Rockette if the tennis thing didn’t work out.

The only ‘big’ upset of the day came in the form of Nikolay Davydenko going out in four sets to Florian Mayer. I’m not shocked. Davydenko was out for most of last season with a broken wrist and hasn’t had the best results since, although he did have some good results making the final in Doha a few weeks ago. It will most likely take him a few tournaments to get back into fighting shape.

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