Australian Open: Nadal starts with a victory, Venus Williams loses

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating United States' Donald Young during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne Australia Tuesday Jan. 16 2018

Spain's David Ferrer, a former top-10 player, failed to advance to the second round in a Grand Slam for the second time in a row. But a dominant performance against Estrella Burgos - he had 28 winners and saved five of six break points he faced - left him feeling positive about his start in Melbourne. The economics of tennis make the Grand Slams important as showcases of tennis, yes, but also as money management and wealth creation events which can remove a lot of stress and give players an idea of how to shape their budgets during the year.

In the end, after just one hour and 34 minutes, Estrella Burgos departed the court with his clothes all still in place, the Melbourne crowd were spared a rare sight thanks to the efforts of Nadal, who dropped just three games in a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Djokovic is seeded 14th and will be coming off just a couple of exhibition matches to prepare for his first-round encounter against Donald Young. I'm very happy to be here again. The 25-year-old appeared crushed by the defeat and snapped sarcastically at reporters when asked where he would go from there.

Also, it's the first time since 1997 that the Australian Open will not feature either of the Williams sisters in the second round after Serena withdrew from the tournament at the start of the month following her pregnancy. "I practiced with him once maybe, or warmed up with him", Edmund said.

American comedian Will Ferrell jetted into Melbourne to catch the first day of the tennis, and is expected to watch No. 1 Rafael Nadal take on the Dominican Republic's Estrella Burgos and Australia's home hope Daria Gavrilova against American qualifier Irina Falconi.

It always shaped as a tough opener for Stephens, who hasn't won a tour-level match since her triumph at the U.S. Open past year and facing a player ranked No. 34, two spots off being seeded for the first major of the season.

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"In any case, I think Nadal can beat Roger's Slam record". "That's why I won today".

Djokovic's surprise intervention follows on the heels of unfortunate remarks by Bernard Tomic, the temperamental Australian who lost his final qualifying match on Sunday and turned on waiting courtside reporters with a sarcastic reference to his own obsession with money.

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.

The 35-year-old Ferrer was defeated by Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 6-7 (6-8), 6-2. But while there are many things that have been impressive about Federer's resurgence, one thing stands out - the 36-year-old is having an absolute blast.

"There's not many people that come back from two sets to love down and win against an Aussie in Australia", Kyrgios said.

"I went out there pretty nervous", he said. "Got to keep things rolling".

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