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Australian Open 2020 Day 1 Highlights: Djokovic, Federer, Serena, Osaka through to 2nd round

Australian Open 2020: Follow Highlights of the year’s first grand slam tennis tournament Australian Open

By HT Correspondent | Jan 20, 2020 18:18 IST

Australian Open Highlights: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka were some of the big names that contested on first day of the Australian Open 2020, and all of them made it easily through to the second round. In terms of first day shockers, 15-year-old Coco Gauff defeated 7-time Grand Slam Champion Venus Williams, while 13th-seed Denis Shapovalov suffered a defeat against Hungarian Australian Open debutant Márton Fucsovics.

Follow Highlights of Day 1 of Australian Open 2020:

18:02 hrs IST

Djokovic wins, enters 2nd round

Djokovic goes past Struff to win 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 and enters the 2nd round. If Prajnesh wins his match, he will face the Serbian.

17:40 hrs IST

Djokovic loses thirds set

Struff has pulled one set back from Djokovic and surprise, surprise! Could there be an upset on the cards? Struff wins third set 6-2.

17:04 hrs IST

Djokovic wins second set

Novak Djokovic pulls off an easy win in the second setm, beating Struff 6-2. He is just one set away from reaching 2nd round.

16:37 hrs IST

Djokovic wins first set

A good comeback from Struff who came back from 2-5 to take the first set to a tie-breaker. Intense finish to the first set, but Djokovic eventually came off good, winning the set by 7-6 (7-5)

15:52 hrs IST

Novak Djokovic match begins

The World No. 2 Novak Djokovic begins his Round 1 match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff. Djokovic takes early lead.

15:34 hrs IST

Ashleigh Barty wins after early scare

Ashleigh Barty beats Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. After a nervy first set, the World No. 1 finally sailed through with ease. It could have been the biggest upset of the tournament on the first day itself.

15:15 hrs IST

Tsitsipas takes 2-0 lead

Stefanos Tsitsipas takes the first tow sets 6-0, 6-2 against Italy’s Caruso.

15:05 hrs IST

Prajnesh’s 1st round match washed out

India’s top-ranked tennis player Prajnesh Gunneswaran’s Australian Open first-round match against Japanese Tatsuma Ito has been rescheduled for Tuesday.

14:52 hrs IST

Strong cameback from World No.1

Ash Barty makes a stunning comeback in the 2nd set and bets Tsurenko 6-1 to take the contest to the deciding third set.

14:30 hrs IST

Barty loses first set

Sweden’s Tusrenko stuns Barty in the first round of Australian Open. The World No.1 goes down 7-5 and needs to put her act together to make a comeback in this match.

14:00 hrs IST

NEWS

All evening matches on outside courts have been cancelled due to heavy rain, announces Australian Open official twitter handle.

13:25 hrs IST

World No. 1 in action

 

13:10 hrs IST

Stosur goes down in 1st set

American qualifier Caty McNally takes the first set over Stosur 6-1. Can the veteran Aussie stage a fight back? Looks unlikely especially after the form McNally showed in the first set.

12:35 hrs IST

Wozniacki not finished yet

2018 champions Caroline Wozniacki wins her first round match 6-1, 6-3 against Ahn to move to second round. This is her last appearance in a tennis tournament as she has decided to retire from professional tennis after Australian Open 2020.

12:23 hrs IST

Dimitrov earns hard-fought win

Grigor Dimitrov comes from a set down to win the match 4-6, 6-0, 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the 2nd round.

 

12:00 hrs IST

15-year-old Gauff knocks out Venus

There it is. Coco Gauff wins the 2nd set 6-3 and takes the match 7-6, 6-3 to advance to the 2nd round. Venus Williams has been knocked out of the Australian Open.

 

11:10 hrs IST

Coco Gauff wins first set

Young Gauff wins the first set (7-6) in tie breaker against Venus Williams after a brilliant battle. This match is set to go down to the wire.

 

10:35 hrs IST

Roger Federer wins 1st round match

Roger Federer showed no signs of rust from his lack of match practice ahead of the Australian Open as the third seed launched his campaign for a record 21st Grand Slam title by hammering American Steve Johnson 6-3 6-2 6-2 in the first round

10:17 hrs IST

What a win for Kvitova

Petra Kvitova sails into 2nd round with an emphatic straight set win.

 

10:05 hrs IST

Federer takes 2nd set

Roger Federer is on a roll. After winning the first set 6-3, he has dominated Johnson to take the 2nd set 6-2. It’s only a matter of time before Federer goes through to the 2nd round with a straight set win.

9:56 hrs IST

Play suspended on all outside courts

Play has been suspended on all outside courts because of rain.

 

9:46 hrs IST

Federer has taken the first set

After the roof came down, Federer went about his buisness and took the first set comfortably 6-3 from young Johnson. He has also started well in the 2nd set. Looks like we are in for a short first round match.

9:35 hrs IST

1st upset

Denis Shapovalov was sent packing from the Australian Open in the first round Monday after an epic row with the umpire for throwing his racquet in frustration. The world number 13 was beaten 6-3, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) by Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in a big upset on day one of the first Grand Slam of the year.

9:30 hrs IST

Teenage dream

 

9:22 hrs IST

Roger Federer’s match halted due to rain

Roger Federer was leading Johnson 4-1 when rain arrived causing a stoppage. The ball boys are working overtime to get the court ready as the roof comes down slowly in the Rod Laver Arena.

 

9:10 hrs IST

Serena Williams in 2nd round

Seven-times Australian Open champion Serena Williams looked in ominous form as she opened her 19th campaign at Melbourne Park with a 6-0 6-3 trouncing of Anastasia Potapova.

9:00 hrs IST

Women’s Singles 1st round updates

Julia Goerges (GER) bt Viktaria Kuzmova (SVK) 6-1, 6-2

Paula Badosa (ESP) bt Johanna Larsson (SWE) 6-1, 6-0

Zhang Saisai (CHN) bt Anna Kalinskaya (RUS) 6-3, 6-2

Petra Martic (CRO x13) bt Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-0

Sofia Kenin (USA x14) bt Martina Trevisan (ITA) 6-2, 6-4

Naomi Osaka (JPN x3) bt Marie Bouzkova (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS x25) bt Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

8:50 hrs IST

Men’s Singles 1st round updates

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x8) bt Andrew Harris (AUS) 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Ricardas Berankis (LIT) bt Roberto Carballes (ESP) 6-4, 6-2, 6-2

Sam Querrey (USA) bt Borna Coric (CRO x25) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Guido Pella (ARG x22) bt John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

8:40 hrs IST

Osaka in 2nd round

Naomi Osaka began her Australian Open title defence in emphatic fashion, breaking the net with a serve as she dismantled unseeded Czech Marie Bouzkova. The 22-year-old Japanese, the world’s second highest-paid female athlete after Serena Williams, powered through 6-2, 6-4 in 80 minutes.

8:00 hrs IST

Australian Open Day 1

Hello and welcome to the live updates of Australian Open 2020 in Melbourne. Japan’s Naomi Osaka opened her title defence against Czech Marie Bouzkova on Rod Laver Arena, the centre court, under cloudy skies in Melbourne with rain forecast.