Oh yes, it might just be the first round of the Australian Open played so far, but some nerve-wracking action has entertained us. About thirty-two games were played on the first day of the opening round, featuring top seeds Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek in action. Here we will look at the key games that took place on the first day and briefly recap how the action went down. This is to give our users adequate information about the tournament and help them in making decisions regarding future bets as the tournament progresses.
The Men’s singles matchups in round one, day one, had some exciting games, but here we have picked out the ones that stood out. This involves Rafael Nadal surviving an early scare from the 21-year-old Jack Draper and Daniil Medvedev’s statement win over Marcos Giron.
Rafael Nadal Was Sweated In First Round
The tournament’s reigning champion didn’t have it easy at all, and it came as a surprise how he had to struggle for a win in the early stage of the tournament. Nadal, who was up against British tennis player Jack Draper, had to finally go through four sets to move to the second round.
- Although Nadal was in sync to open the match, Draper was close behind and lost the set due to some questionable shot selection. Nadal won the first set.
- But as the match went on, the Spaniard experienced several nervous moments, making quite a number of unforced errors, which caused him to lose to Draper in the second set.
- A crucial moment in this match was when Draper appeared to get cramping shortly after tying the match by winning the second set. Draper probably had the most prolonged and strenuous match of his life, which is why he was cramping. The third set was won by Nadal, with Draper suffering from cramping.
- In the fourth set, Nadal dominated and prevailed 6-1. The reigning champion won the match 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, and 6-1.
Daniil Medvedev Shines
Daniil Medvedev was all business to open the tournament. He undoubtedly had the best performance of the day.
- In this game, the Russian superstar was all business. Daniil Medvedev, who was up against Marcos Giron in the first round, did not show any mercy to his opponent. From the match’s first game to the very last, the Russian never allowed his opponent to mount a comeback.
- The encounter saw Medvedev drop just three games, the fewest games he has ever dropped in a Grand Slam match in his career. He triumphed 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the second round.
Tsitsipas Continues To Impress
Stefanos Tsitsipas was up against Quentin Halys in the first round of the Australian Open.
- For the duration of the set, both players were able to maintain their service games. In the end, Tsitsipas won the set (6-3).
- Like the first set, this one was also evenly contested, with neither player giving anything up on serving. Stefanos eventually prevailed in the set (6-4).
- Tsitsipas broke Quentin Halys in the first game of the third set, and then he immediately took off. Despite this, Tsitsipas still needed to win the set because the French player could break back in the fourth and sixth games. Tsitsipas kept his composure to win the tiebreak at six and the set. Tsitsipas won the game 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
The Women’s singles matchup in round one of the 2023 Australian Open saw WTA World number one Iga Swiatek ease past Jule Niemeier while Jessica Pegula beat Jaqueline Cristian as she continues her hunt for a first Grand Slam Title.
Iga Swiatek Continues Her Dominance
- The Australian Open got off to a winning start for WTA World No. 1 Iga Swiatek as she defeated Germany’s Jule Niemeier 6-4, 7-5. Niemeier had a few break opportunities in the eighth game of the closely contested first set. To win the set 6-4, Swiatek broke her opponent in the deciding game after saving them earlier.
- In the first game of the second set, Niemeier broke the world No. 1 with a solid start. At 5-4, the German was serving for the set when Swiatek broke her back and won the next two games straight to win the match and go to the Australian Open’s second round.
Jessica Pegula On A Mission
- In the first round of the Australian Open on Monday, Jessica Pegula defeated Jaqueline Cristian 6-0, 6-1 to start her quest for a first Grand Slam singles victory.
- The third-seeded Pegula, who had advanced to the quarterfinals in Melbourne the previous two years, defeated the 161st-ranked Romanian player, who was competing in her third Grand Slam match, in just 59 minutes.
Australian Open Latest News
Nick Kyrgios, a fan favorite at home, withdrew from the competition due to a knee injury. The 27-year-old, who lost in the lucky loser bracket to Denis Kudla on Tuesday, was supposed to play Roman Safiullin in the opening round.
Borna Coric, Amanda Anisimova, Marie Bouzkova, and Lorenzo Musetti were the only seeded players to lose on Day 1 of the Australian Open, falling to Jiri Lehecka, Marta Kostyuk, Bianca Andreescu, and Lloyd Harris, respectively.
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