Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. Alexander Zverev is through to the second round in Melbourne, beating Marcos Giron 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and 42 minutes. The German was 4-2 up in sets one and two, squandering that advantage and finding himself three points from two sets to love deficit.
Instead, he brought the second set home and dominated after that, getting broken twice and erasing that with six breaks from 15 opportunities. Alexander hit 50 winners and 39 unforced errors, leaving the opponent on a 28-41 ratio and booking his place of him in the second round.
Australian Open 2021: Wins for Zverev, Thiem and Wawrinka!
Novak Djokovic is leading his match gainst Chardy. Dominic Thiem is through to the second round in Melbourne thanks to a 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Mikhail Kukushkin in two hours and 40 minutes.
The Austrian got broken three times and presented seven breaks from 20 opportunities to move over the top. Thiem fired 29 winners and 27 unforced errors, struggling a bit to find his A-game in the opening set and shifting into a higher level after that to seal the deal in straight sets.
They traded breaks in games six and seven before Kukushkin grabbed another at 5-5 with a beautiful forehand crosscourt to serve for the first set. Milos Raonic enjoyed an easy day at the office, beating Federico Coria 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 35 minutes.
Milos fired 17 aces and lost only 11 points behind the initial shot, never losing serve and controlling the action with 51 winners and 36 unforced errors. Coria failed to convert both break points he earned, getting broken five times to propel the Canadian over the top.
Stan Wawrinka ousted Pedro Sousa 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 36 minutes. The Swiss lost 15 points on serve and never faced a break point, mounting the pressure on the other side and converting four out of 13 chances to control the scoreboard.
Taylor Fritz worked hard to beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6, prevailing in the crucial moments to find himself in the second round. The 25th seed Benoit Paire lost in four sets to Egor Gerasimov after hitting 21 aces and massive 23 double faults.