Nine of the 12 American's in action lost, including men's 8th seed Jack Sock and 16th seed John Isner, while last year's runner-up Venus Williams and US Open champ Sloane Stephens have been the biggest casualties in the women's draw. That followed defeats in Paris earlier that year and in Sydney in 2008, and was followed by another reverse against the Estonian, in Brussels in 2013. It was more of a 'let's see what happens' kind of tournament, maybe similar to what Novak or Stan (Wawrinka) or others are going through this year.
He wrapped up the opening two sets in 51 minutes and was never seriously troubled until the third set when the 100th ranked Dutra Silva provided stiffer resistance.
And he reappears at Melbourne Park in a totally different context to 2017. I mean, I think they actually play quite aggressive. The main issue for Nadal is fitness; he hasn't played a competitive match since mid-November and pulled out of a recent warm-up event in Brisbane, citing a knee injury.
That level of expectation is not on Stosur this year and hopefully that will help her make a bit of a run. "Who would predict that after his six months of absence, so. everything is possible really". He faced off against 37-year old Victor Estrella Burgos from the Dominican Republic and handed him a one-sided thrashing.
The 36-year-old is bidding for a record 20th Grand Slam title and is in form and fit, unlike the Spaniard and the Serb who enter the tournament under injury clouds.
"Is the first time I am here without playing official match, " Nadal said.
As Australian players, we practice in these conditions and we know Melbourne Park like the back of our hand. The Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open are all broadcast live on ESPN and WatchESPN, the sports network giant's online platform, while the French Open is shown live on Tennis Channel throughout the fortnight. This added to his cult of personality as a fierce Spanish warrior wielding his tennis racquet as a sword.
"Ever since Radek made a decision to join the team, he was with me more or less the entire time, trying to spend as much quality time on the court as much as we can".
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No Australian man has won the Australian Open since Mark Edmondson in 1976, and no woman since Chris O'Neil in 1978.
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