Welcome to our dwell protection of day two of the Australian Open.
Day one was rocked — some may say ruined — by the information Nick Kyrgios is out of the match with a knee damage.
However other than the Aussie star the large names had been left unscathed as solely two seeds in every of the lads’s and ladies’s draw had been knocked out of their opening match.
Males’s seeds Lorenzo Musetti (17) and Borna Coric (21) and ladies’s seeds Marie Bouzkova (25) and Amanda Anisimova (28) suffered early exits.
The likes of Novak Djokovic, Alex de Minaur, Ons Jabeur, Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray might be seeking to keep away from that destiny as they open their campaigns right now.
8am — Star savagely clips Kyrgios and his accomplice
David Goffin doesn’t look after Nick Kyrgios or his accomplice, Costeen Hatzi.
The Aussie star is the focus within the opening episode of Netflix’s new sequence, Break Level, which shines a lightweight behind the scenes on the tennis world and its stars.
Aiming to draw extra followers to the game, like Netflix’s Drive to Survive sequence has executed with System 1, Goffin wasn’t shopping for in.
The previous world quantity 7 was requested his opinion on the brand new sequence and if he’d be tuning in throughout his spare time … he didn’t mince his phrases as he delivered a savage clip to Kyrgios and Hatzi.
“I haven’t watched it but. I’m not actually desirous about seeing Kyrgios hanging out together with his girlfriend. This sequence just isn’t attention-grabbing for gamers or individuals who dwell on the tennis tour,” Goffin mentioned by way of Le Soir.
5.30am — Russian star tells fan to ‘f*** off’
Two-time dropping finalist Daniil Medvedev fired up his bid to go one higher on the Australian Open with a straight-sets demolition of Marcos Giron on Monday night time.
The Russian seventh seed, nearly a foot taller than his opponent, blasted previous the 56th-ranked American 6-0 6-1 6-2 on Rod Laver Area in simply 1hr 36mins.
There was barely a hiccup till Medvedev was taken to deuce whereas making an attempt to serve for the match.
The stress prompted the combative star to object to 1 rowdy fan, who he promptly informed to “f*** off”.
The chair umpire instantly gave Medvedev a code violation for audible obscenity, which drew a shake of the pinnacle from the 26-year-old.
Medvedev lashed out on the Melbourne crowd through the remaining final 12 months, which he misplaced to Rafael Nadal regardless of taking the primary two units.
“They’re idiots. No brains, empty brains,” he mentioned in a dialog with the chair umpire at a change of ends. “Most likely of their life, it should be very dangerous.”
He then delivered an indignant rant in his post-final press convention, calling the group “disrespectful”.
“A thousand individuals can be like, ‘Tsss, tsss, tsss’. That sound. It’s disappointing. It’s disrespectful,” he mentioned. “I’m undecided after 30 years I’m going to need to play tennis.”
Subsequent up for Medvedev is a second-round conflict with Australian wildcard John Millman, who got here by a five-setter in opposition to Switzerland’s Marc-Andrea Huesler.
5am — No worries for Nadal on day ruined by Kyrgios information
Rafael Nadal launched his Australian Open title defence with a four-set victory over Britain’s Jack Draper on Monday as dwelling hope Nick Kyrgios stop by damage with out hitting a ball.
Within the girls’s draw, prime seed Iga Swiatek survived a troublesome examination whereas Jessica Pegula and teenage prodigy Coco Gauff had been each emphatic winners on the primary day of motion.
Spanish nice Nadal, 36, had been in poor type by his sky-high requirements, dropping six of his final seven matches stretching again to defeat within the final 16 on the US Open.
In fast-rising Draper, 21, the 22-time Grand Slam champion confronted a stern check to begin his marketing campaign at a sweltering Melbourne Park.
The highest seed recovered from a second-set wobble — and a weird incident when a ball boy by accident took his racquet — to defeat the Thirty eighth-ranked Briton 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-1 at Rod Laver Area.
Nadal, who just lately turned a father, faces American Mackenzie McDonald in spherical two.
“Very thrilling, new starting, simply super-happy to be again at Rod Laver with a victory I wanted,” he mentioned after grinding down Draper. “Final couple of months haven’t been straightforward for me.”
Nadal was on court docket when Australia’s gifted however temperamental Kyrgios known as a swiftly organized press convention and introduced that he was out of the match with a knee damage.
“I’m devastated, clearly,” mentioned the Wimbledon finalist, who was thought of an outdoor wager to win a maiden Grand Slam crown.
“I’ve had some nice tournaments right here, profitable the doubles final 12 months and taking part in the tennis of my life most likely going into this occasion.
“I’m simply exhausted from the whole lot, and (it’s) clearly fairly brutal.”
The primary Grand Slam of the 12 months had already misplaced a number of stars within the build-up. Injured males’s world primary Carlos Alcaraz and two-time Melbourne champion Naomi Osaka — who’s anticipating her first baby — are among the many different gamers lacking.
Different winners on Monday included third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, who noticed off dogged Vasek Pospisil in an all-Canadian conflict.
Within the girls’s draw, scorching favorite Swiatek was removed from her fluent finest in opposition to Jule Niemeier however received the job executed, 6-4, 7-5.
The Pole, who’s chasing an Australian Open crown to go together with main titles on the US Open and Roland Garros, performs Camila Osorio of Colombia subsequent.
In-form Pegula blitzed 161st-ranked Romanian Jaqueline Cristian 6-0, 6-1 in a 59-minute romp to sign her intent.
Fellow American Gauff was equally explosive in racing into the second spherical with a 6-1, 6-4 thumping of Czech Katerina Siniakova.
The 18-year-old Gauff now faces a mouth-watering encounter in opposition to former US Open champion Emma Raducanu.
Additionally safely by was one other American, Danielle Collins, final 12 months’s crushed finalist in Melbourne.
Greek sixth seed Maria Sakkari additionally received and Victoria Azarenka defeated Sofia Kenin in a battle of two former Australian Open champions.
— with AFP