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Men's Notable Results and Recap
Seeded Players Knocked Out: (22) Fernando Verdasco, (25) Juan Monaco, (28) Ivan Ljubicic and (31) Jurgen Melzer
Seeded Advancements: (2) Rafael Nadal, (3) Roger Federer, (7) Tomas Berdych, (8) Mardy Fish, (10) Nicolas Almagro, (11) Juan Martin Del Potro, (13) Alexandr Dolgopolov, (16) John Isner, (18) Feliciano Lopez, (21) Stanislas Wawrinka and (30) Kevin Anderson
There were no major upsets on the men's side on Day 1. Verdasco fell to rising Australian star Bernard Tomic while the other three seeded players who fell all faced tough tests as well.
Nadal and Federer both advanced in three sets. The two powerhouses are on a semifinal collision course, which would be a match tennis fans would need to set their alarms early to see because it has the potential to be one of the year's best encounters.
Del Potro got off to a slow start against Adrian Mannarino before emerging in four sets. The former U.S. Open champion is finally starting to look like the elite player again and is a serious threat to make a deep run in the season's first major if he can avoid any health setbacks.
Finally, two once-promising Americans advanced in the likes of Sam Querrey and Donald Young.
After being a seeded player for several majors, Querrery has really struggled over the past year and is looking to begin a resurgence. Young made a nice run and, with his temper seemingly under control, might finally be reaching his potential.
Women's Notable Results and Recap
Seeded Players Knocked Out: (19) Flavia Pennetta, (24) Lucie Safarova and (28) Yanina Wickmayer
Seeded Advancements: (1) Caroline Wozniacki, (3) Victoria Azarenka, (5) Na Li, (8) Agnieszka Radwanska, (10) Francesca Schiavone, (11) Kim Clijsters, (13) Jelena Jankovic, (16) Shuai Peng, (20) Daniela Hantuchova, (22) Julia Goerges, (26) Anabel Medina Garrigues, (31) Monica Niculescu and (32) Petra Cetkovska
No big surprises on the women's side, either. Pennetta's struggles continued with a loss to virtual unknown Nina Bratchikova, but her results are always up and down.
American Christina McHale, who tennis fans around the country have been waiting to break out for quite some time now, picked up a win over Safarova. As long as she continues to limit her unforced errors, a run is possible in a promising section.
Wozniacki continues her journey to a major championship. The top-ranked player on the women's side played a more aggressive style against Anastasia Rodionova and will need to continue that trend if she's going to win the tournament. Her past passive play is never going to bring her a Grand Slam title.
Clijsters, the defending champion in Australia, made easy work of Maria Joao Koehler. Her opponent in last year's championship match, Na, also advanced with relative ease. A potential Round of 16 finals rematch is looming, and right now I'd lean toward the in-form Chinese star.
Other than McHale, it was a day to forget for American women, with no other players advancing from their first-round matchups. It's a sobering reality about the state of the women's game in the United States, which will become more prominent once the Williams sisters retire.