2017 Australian Open Day 1
The first batch of matches are in the books, and the first Grand Slam of the year is well and truly underway. This is our 2017 Australian Open Day 1 roundup post. Remember, Adcourtramble is a blog about men’s singles tennis. If you’ve ended up here looking for women’s tennis talk, I recommend heading over to Moo’s Tennis Blog.
Now, onto our own roundup. We’re going to touch on a few specific matches, but if you just want the 2017 Australian Open Day 1 results, follow this link to the official Australian Open results page.
While there’s wasn’t much in the way of actual upsets, many seeded players seemed to struggle in their opening matches. Fourth and Fifth seeds, Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori respectively, were both taken to five sets against their unseeded opponents. Seventh seed, Marin Cilic, also took five sets to dispose of Jerzy Janowicz. Meanwhile, number one seed Andy Murray may not have been taken to five sets, but his straight sets victory was anything but straight forward.
Perhaps the only real upset of the day was sixteenth seed, Lucas Pouille. The Frenchman has been tipped by many as a future number one. Unfortunately, his Melbourne adventure ended at the first hurdle against 206th ranked Alexander Bublik.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the top players, however. Home favourites, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios, both advanced to the second round with comprehensive straight sets victories. World number ten, Thomas Berdych, barely broke a sweat as he took the first set 6—1 before his opponent retired.
The Fed Express Return
The match everyone was waiting for, of course, was the return of Roger Federer. As the Wimbledon Instagram account pointed out, Federer’s first round Australian Open match was his first competitive match in some time;
It took four sets for the Swiss maestro to defeat Jurgen Melzer. Somewhat surprisingly, given that Federer is the one who has been out of the game, Melzer seemed to wilt as the match went on. It was a positive start from the seventeen time Grand Slam champion, however, and we can all feel warm and fuzzy inside knowing that he’ll be in the next round.
Next up: day two!