Melbourne: Yuki Bhambri struggled to rein in his unforced errors and played well only in patches as his third Australian Open appearance ended with a straight-set first round defeat at the hands of a seasoned Marcos Baghdatis, here Monday.
Nishikori will not be taking part due to a wrist injury that has made him inactive on the ATP Tour since last August in Montreal.
She won the season-opening Shenzhen Open in China, but has mixed results at Melbourne Park, losing in the first round the last two years.
When asked if surgery remains an option, he said: "There are some other options, long-term options, that I will obviously revisit and address post-tournament".
Nadal's forehand was working beautifully on Rod Laver Arena, the 31-year-old finding the lines with cross-court and down-the-line winners with ease. Djokovic-Zverev could be a fourth-round match, giving the Australian Open more fireworks than it already has on Australia Day, a national holiday in which fireworks interrupt Australian Open match play for a few minutes.
It was the first year since 2009 that Djokovic didn't reach at least one Grand Slam final. Andy Murray is missing after his hip surgery and the Scotsman is not expected to return to the ATP circuit in the next couple of months.
She lost in the Auckland Classic final last week to Germany's Julia Goerges, but said the rain-disrupted tournament had been tough, ideal preparation.
Novak Djokovic admits his elbow is not 100 per cent healed but he commences his Australian Open campaign on Tuesday with a new service motion that puts less pressure on his injured joint and a positive outlook irrespective of his lower ranking or physical condition. "Of course, I'm confident", she said.
She also easily beat the current world No. 1, Halep in the Cincinnati Masters event, 6-1, 6-0.
She yelled an obscenity near the end of the second set and that, combined with a time violation in a changeover while she waited for a banana, led to a point penalty.
No. 8-seeded Jack Sock, the highest ranked of the American men, lost 6-1, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 to Yuichi Sugita and his compatriot John Isner, seeded 16th, lost in four sets to Australian Matt Ebden.
The oldest player in this year's draw, Williams reached the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals, and the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, but never won a title last season.
We have to trek all the way back to the 2003 French Open to find a time when the Swiss Maestro last fell in the first round of a Grand Slam.
U.S. Open finalist and 11th seed Kevin Anderson lost in five sets to Kyle Edmund on Show Court 3, the first seeded man to lose at the Australian Open.
The sooner that match finishes, the sooner Barty gets on court.
Angelique Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open winner, won the Sydney International title on Saturday. "I expect to continue to do so".
The 22-year-old tennis ace from Odessa, Ukraine has turned heads this year at Wimbledon.
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