Federer’s winning return and the elimination of Puglia marked the first day of the tournament.
The OVATION. The Rod Laver Arena, where he won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010), reserved on Monday Roger Federer, 35, an ovation that no 17th world had ever received . The champion had not played an official meeting since Wimbledon in July to look after his knee surgery in February. He beat the Austrian Jürgen Melzer, former top 10 fallen 296th in the world due to injuries, in four sets 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. “It’s good to be able to play normal tennis. The road was long but I’m here, “said Switzerland, who will face Noah Rubin of the United States, 200th in the world and 19th in the second round.
THE BIDE. Lucas Puglia. Wounded in a ligament of the big toe 10 days ago, the seeded N.16 sank in front of the young Kazakh Bublik (207th) 6-0, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. “I expected a bit but I wanted to try, even at 30 or 40%,” commented the Frenchman, who still has no victory in Melbourne in four attempts. The quarter-finalist Wimbledon and the US Open did not hide his frustration after “spent a month to work” to confirm his breakthrough last year.
THE PERF. Alex of Minaur. He is Australian, is not quite 18 years old and only points to the 333rd place worldwide. Yesterday he scored his first Grand Slam victory against Austrian Gerald Melzer (84th), 5-7, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) , 6-1.
THE NUMBER. 23. Jérémy Chardy (71st) was yesterday the first qualifier for the second lap, after 23 minutes of play and the abandonment of Nicolas Almagro, wounded in the calf, while the score indicated 4-0 in favor of the Frenchman. Only three Frenchmen, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, out of ten entered the first round on Monday.
THE PRINCIPAL RESULTS. Gentlemen (1st round): Murray (G-B / N.1) b. Marchenko (Ukr) 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2; Querrey (E-U / N.31) b. HALYS 6-7 (10/12), 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-4; Harrison (E-U) b. MAHUT 6-3, 6-4, 6-2; Nishikori (Jpn / N.5) b. Kuznetsov (Rus) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-2. Seppi (Ita) b. MATHIEU 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5. TSONGA (N.12) b. Monteiro (Bre) 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2; Lajovic (Srb) b. ROBERT 6-3, 6-3, 6-3; Khachanov (Rus) b. MANNARINO 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3; Sock (E-U / N.23) b. HERBERT 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3; Federer (Sui / N.17) b. J. Melzer (Aut) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Ladies (1st round): PARMENTIER b. Doi (Jpn) 7-5, 7-5; Vandeweghe (EU) b Vinci (Ita / N.15) 6-1, 7-6 (7/3); Muguruza (Esp / N.7) b Erakovic (NZ) 7-5, 6-4; Rogers (USA) b Halep (Rou / N.4) 6-3, 6-1; V. Williams (EU / N.13) b Kozlova (UKR) 7-6 (7/5), 7-5; Kuznetsova (Rus / N.8) b Duque (Col) 6-0, 6-1
THE POSTER OF THE DAY. Djokovic – Verdasco. On the Rod Laver Arena, the fight promises to be hot around 9 am (French time) on Tuesday between the No. 2 Serbian and the Spanish left-hander, who had five match points against the Serbian in Doha in early January before bow down.