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. Rafael Nadal defeated in the first round of the 2021 Australian Open Laslo Djere for 6-3 6-4 6-1. Despite some small difficulties near the finish line (both in the first and in the second set) Nadal manages the match in order.
Needless to say, he wins almost 90% of the points with the first ball and enriches the loot even with about twenty winners. The challenge with Michael Mmoh (or Viktor Troicki) shouldn't create any headaches either. If nothing else in conditions of absolute normality.
A good Nadal, even from an athletic point of view, concedes something only at 5-1. One step away from the first mini-finish. Djere adapts as planned to the most obvious of epilogues, even if on the whole he doesn't play a bad game.
Nadal settles down rather easily at 2-1 even in the heart of the second set and keeps the advantage up to 5-4 leaving practically the crumbs on the road. However, the twenty-time Grand Slam champion once again has some problems closing.
Needless to say, he finds himself at 15-40, cancels another ball of 5-5 and at the threshold of ninety minutes of play he goes to 2-0 with the combination of service and forehand. The third set is a completely necessary side dish.
Djere, who dirties the notebook with three rather gross errors coming out of the service in the opening game, practically has time to move the zero from the game box. From Bercy to Melbourne, via London. The result? Always the same.
Daniil Medvedev inaugurates the hunt for the Australian Open with a success (fifteenth in a row) against Vasek Pospisil. The Russian dominates with the available joke and wins an incredible amount of points even in response.
The 6-2 6-2 6-4 that he matures after just over ninety minutes of play is practically a logical consequence. Waiting for the Russian in the second round will be one between Carballes Baena and Balazs. Snack partner Andrey Rublev gets rid of Yannick Hanfmann in the same way.
On day 2, the first victory of a class of 2003 in a Grand Slam draw (that of Carlos Alcaraz) and the blow of Alexei Popyrin against David Goffin.