The Australian Open 2021 starts with good news from a Swiss perspective. Stan Wawrinka clearly wins his opening game against Pedro Sousa in three sets. You can find out what else was going on on the first day in the ticker.
Kyrgios inspires fans with tweener volley
Nick Kyrgios starts the tournament with a sovereign three-set win against the Portuguese Frederico Ferreira Silva. In the third sentence, the Australian digs deep into his bag of tricks. With a spectacular tweener full stop, he secured the 5: 3, the audience was torn from their seats.
Shapovalov wins five-sentence thriller against Sinner
After just under four hours, Denis Shapovalov wins the five-sentence thriller against Jannik Sinner with 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4, 4: 6 and 6: 4. In the Margaret Court Arena, the pros were up and down. Sinner initially played like a piece – with unbelievable speed and precision. After winning the first round it seemed to go on like this, but the break didn’t happen this time. Shapovalov worked his way into the match and turned it around.
While the Canadian seemed more and more dynamic, the South Tyrolean seemed to run out of strength after the long tournament week and yesterday’s final success in a preparatory tournament. In the meantime, the 19-year-old seemed quite energetic, but never gave up and tried to keep in touch. And then in the 4th sentence there should be a chance. Sinner managed the break, he was back in the match. In the final sentence, the Italian fell behind again. Again he stuck to it, but didn’t come back again.
Djokovic only loses six games
Novak Djokovic shows no trouble at all in his opening game against Jérémy Chardy and clearly wins in three sets 6: 3, 6: 1, 6: 2.
Zverev smashes his racket – and moves on
“I’m happy that I made it through, the second set could have been different. And I wouldn’t have wanted to be behind with 0: 2 sets, »said Alexander Zverev after his 6: 7 (8:10), 7: 6 (7: 5), 6: 3, 6: 2 against the American Marcos Giron. The 23-year-old from Hamburg was already ahead with one break in rounds one and two, but then had to go into the tiebreak.
“In the beginning I certainly didn’t play my best tennis, but then it got better,” said Zverev, who angrily hit his racket on the ground on the break to make it 5: 4 in the second set and made it unfit to play. In the next round, Zverev will deal with the Japanese Daniel Taro or Maxime Cressy from the USA.
Dimitrov wins a great duel against Cilic in three sets
Thiem with growth run
Dominic Thiem qualified for the 2nd round at the Australian Open in Melbourne without losing a set. Last year’s finalist wins against Kazakhs Michail Kukuschkin 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 2, 6: 3.
Despite the clear victory in the end, the start of the tournament was tough for US Open winner Thiem. Kukuschkin offered himself a set ball at 6: 5 in the first round when he served himself. And also at the beginning of the second set the Kazakh led with a break before Thiem began to control the game. The Austrian has to do without his coach Nicolas Massu in Melbourne, who was not allowed to travel to Melbourne due to a corona infection.
Kerber is embarrassed to the bone
The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner, who won her first major title in Melbourne in 2016, scored a measly eight points in the first set. «That wasn’t my day. I started playing late. She was very good, especially in the first set, so I’ve never seen her play like that », said the dejected Kerber after the game.
The former number one in the world was therefore not allowed to leave her hotel room for two weeks. «I felt from the beginning that the feeling was not the same as before the two weeks of quarantine. You can tell when you play against someone who was able to train for two weeks.
The lack of feeling of hitting balls matters. I never look for excuses, but that was a reason », so the disappointed Kerber.
Your preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season was of course significantly limited. But that can’t really be an explanation for Kerber’s appearance against Pera. Especially since she was able to win at least two games in the preparatory tournament last week.
Osaka and Serena Williams sovereign
Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams showed no weaknesses, who only played three and two games respectively on the way to the second round.
Wawrinka runs over Sousa
Stan Wawrinka has confidently reached the 2nd round at the site where he won his first Grand Slam title in 2014. Wawrinka wins the opening game against Pedro Sousa 6: 3, 6: 2, 6: 4 at the Australian Open.
The Swiss dominated with the serve and did not allow the opponent to break a single ball during the 96 minutes. Only at the beginning of the third set Wawrinka was 0: 1 behind for three minutes. Otherwise he always led. He got the breaks to 3: 1 in the first set, 1: 0 and 5: 2 in the second round and 2: 1 in the third set.
Monfils already eliminated
Gael Monfils fails in Melbourne in the very first round against the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori. The Frenchman loses a marathon match in five sets 6: 3, 4: 6, 5: 7, 6: 3 and 3: 6 and thus provides the first surprise of the Australian Open.