Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal destroys Australian Open debutant in Slam opener

Nadal destroys Australian Open debutant in Slam opener

On a bumper day of 96 first-round matches, after rain wiped out half of Monday's schedule, former US Open champion Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic both moved safely through.

Nadal, in a pink sleeveless shirt and matching shoes, had the full lead against world No. 73, rushed to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before Dellien served, then against expectations, before the Spaniard took the set.

The world number one started his campaign in Melbourne with a 6-2 6-3 6-0 victory over Hugo Dellien on Tuesday. And also felt I had margin. Djokovic's victory was his 900th ATP Tour win, and in conversation with John McEnroe, Djokovic thanked the supporters at the Australian Open, who have supported him all these years and is grateful for being able to play tennis for so long.

"Today, I'm not going to say I think he has a chance to win the tournament because Novak Djokovic in the first round looked unbelievable", he said on Eurosport.

"A positive start", Nadal said, via the Associated Press.

"Anything I was doing I felt like I had the game under control".

The 21-year-old was once again backed by Melbourne's large Greek community but admitted he has reservations about their noisy support. It's much easier stated than done due to the fact that there's a great deal of stress, there's a great deal of assumptions and also certainly I wish to win every suit that I get on the court betting anyone.

Osaka thanked the crowd after her match, saying "You probably didn't come for me, but thanks for filling up the stadium".

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"You have to change a little bit the ball some heights, which I have to learn".

A new star emerged in 18-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, last year's NextGen champion, who earned his first Grand Slam victory 7-6 (7/2), 6-2, 6-4 against Australia's Max Purcell.

Shapovalov cut a frustrated figure throughout and was furious with umpire Renaud Lichtenstein for giving him a code violation for throwing, but not breaking, his racket.

"I can speak about my struggles and the things that I've gone through with my shoulder, but it's not really in my character to", Sharapova said, via the WTA. "So I'm happy that I got this one, and I hope that I can keep up the good level".

"He's a hunter, he's a great guy".

A clash with Grigor Dimitrov in the fourth round could also be on the horizon.

In other men's results, Sam Querrey beat 25th-seeded Borna Coric 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and No. 8 Matteo Berrettini advanced 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 over wild-card entry Andrew Harris.

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