Novak Djokovic vs. Gael Monfils 2018 Australian Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Russia's Maria Sharapova follows through on a shot to Germany's Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Tuesday Jan. 16 2018

Russia's Maria Sharapova follows through on a shot to Germany's Tatjana Maria during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Tuesday Jan. 16 2018

Defending champion Federer, rated as favourite to win his 20th Grand Slam title, made his entrance on Rod Laver Arena with a sizzling 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 lesson for Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene.

The 17th-seeded Keys, the U.S. Open runner-up, advanced with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Wang Qiang and will be one of four American women who made it through the opening two days.

Federer told the BBC that he is optimistic about the new season: "I am hoping for another good year".

"I am not sure it will go as well [as 2017] because I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back". That's what happened for me previous year.

"You never get to hear what the majority of the players think between all the players so that was the whole goal of it".

One of the stars making a comeback from injury is six-time Australian Open victor Novak Djokovic. He will face a much sterner test as he plays athletic Frenchman Gael Monfils in the next round.

"It felt great to be back on the court and compete again". There's no better place for me to be playing after six months than here in Australia.

Former champion Stan Wawrinka is also through to the second round after beating Ricardas Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2).

German Andrea Petkovic won the final three games to beat two-time Wimbledon victor Petra Kvitova 6-3 4-6 10-8 in a thrilling first-round encounter, which lasted two hours and 52 minutes.

Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva earned a hard-fought 7-5 7-6 (6) victory over Heather Watson, meaning Johanna Konta and Kyle Edmund are the only British hopes left to claim the Melbourne Park title. I respect your freedom and decisions to do that. There was a lot of people.

"I feel like sometimes some players have gotten a little bit too robot like".

'Even though we're not feeling good, we can still find a way and eventually play good again, whereas others would struggle early on and it becomes more hard.

"Everything was done in a very normal, polite way", he said."Players wanted to stay alone".

And the World number one, Simona Halep fended off teenage wildcard Destanee Aiava to also advance to the second round od the competition.

And Novak Djokovic, who has seen his share of political turmoil, was compelled to move with all the nimbleness of thought and foot he showed in an impressive comeback a couple of hours earlier on court here on Tuesday to kill the insurrection that sources insist he is attempting to start.

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