Rafael Nadal starts with win at Australian Open

Roger Federer lifts the Australian Open trophy after beating Rafael Nadal in 2017

Roger Federer lifts the Australian Open trophy after beating Rafael Nadal in 2017

Nadal, who is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era, and only the third man ever, to win each of the four Grand Slams twice, ran his opponent down with his superior court coverage and ability to hit winners under pressure.

Sharapova said she was still feeling pain in her right shoulder despite sitting out the end of last season after the U.S. Open. "I felt solid with the second". Sharapova has served up double bagels at least five times on tour, including two in a row at the 2013 Australian Open against fellow Russian Olga Puchkova and Misaki Doi of Japan in the first two rounds of the tournament.

Sharapova, a victor at Melbourne Park in 2008 who has failed to impress at Grand Slam level since returning from a doping ban in 2017, signalled her intent with a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Britain's Harriet Dart, who ended the match in tears.

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1.

Sharapova has been battling her right shoulder since she was forced to undergo surgery almost 10 years ago.

"I'm still working through some painful days".

Ninth seed John Isner was stunned by his American compatriot Reilly Opelka, who secured a 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) victory in a tight encounter between the towering pair that looked set to go the distance.

Sharapova pounced on the Briton's weak second serve to repeatedly break her opponent, bringing up the first set bagel after 31 minutes.

Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets.

It seemed Boulter wasn't told, fist-pumping and walking to the net at 7/4 before being reminded of the new rule. She went on to beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6).

The Swiss maestro has won the last two Australian Opens and his gunning for a record seventh crown and 21st Grand Slam title.

World number one Djokovic starts his tournament on Tuesday.

Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday.

"From my point of view, it's always striking when you hear a player that's the top of his career and obviously has impacted the sport in so many ways, when you say you're going to finish, it's like, you're cutting something, you're letting go, cutting ties with something that's been a part of your life for a very long time".

Spain's 22nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut is the man who could draw the curtain on Murray's time in Melbourne, where he has been a five-time finalist.

Denmark's Wozniacki broke through for her first Slam title in Melbourne past year, beating Simona Halep in the final, and gets her tournament underway against Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck.

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