The first Grand Slam tournament of 2014 got underway on Monday, Jan. 13, as the Australian Open made its return with the giants of tennis congregating in Melbourne.
Novak Djokovic stepped back onto the famous hard court in Rod Laver Arena to begin the defence of his 2013 title, while Serena Williams began her search for a sixth Australian Open crown.
Below we list all of the scores and recap the highs and lows from Day 1.
|Damir Dzumhur def. Jan Hajek||6-4, 6-2, 6-1|
|Leonardo Mayer def. Albert Montanes||6-1, 6-3, 6-1|
|Nikolay Davydenko def. Lukasz Kubot||3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4|
|Tommy Robredo (17) def. Lukas Rosol||6-1, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 8-6|
|Dmitry Tursunov (30) def. Michael Russell||6-2, 6-2, 6-3|
|Kevin Anderson (19) def. Jiri Vesely||2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4|
|Pablo Andujar def. Albert Ramos||6-4, 6-2, 6-4|
|Julien Benneteau def. Pable Correna Busta||6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|Florian Mayer def. Denis Kudla||6-4, 6-2, 6-4|
|Jeremy Chardy (29) def. Jesse Huta Galung||6-2, 6-4, 6-4|
|Dominic Thiem def. Joao Sousa||5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6|
|Edouard Roger-Vasselin def. Carlos Berlocq||6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2|
|Alexandr Dolgopolov def. Ricardas Berankis||7-5, 7-5, 6-2|
|Ernests Gulbis (23) def. Juan Monaco||1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2|
|Fabio Fognini (15) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.||6-3, 6-2|
|Kenny De Schepper def. Di Wu||7-5, 7-5, 7-6|
|Jerzy Janowicz (20) def. Jordan Thompson||1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1|
|Tomas Berdych (7) def. Aleksandr Nedovyesov||6-3, 6-4, 6-3|
|David Ferrer (3) def. Alejandro Gonzalez||6-3, 6-4, 6-4|
|Matthew Ebden def. Nicolas Mahut||6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3|
|Vasek Popisil (28) def. Samuel Groth||6-4, 6-3, 6-4|
|Guillermo Garcia-Lopez def. Tommy Haas (12)||7-6, 5-2|
|Richard Gasquet (9) def. David Guez||7-5, 6-4, 6-1|
|Denis Istomin def. Marcos Baghdatis||6-4, 7-5, 6-4|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (8) def. Andrey Golubev||6-4, 4-1|
|Novak Djokovic (2) def. Lukas Lacko||6-3, 7-6, 6-1|
|Mikhail Youzhny (14) def. Jan-Lennard Struff||6-1, 6-4, 6-2|
|Adrian Mannarino def. Steve Johnson||3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4|
|Ivan Dodig (32) def. Ivo Karlovic||7-6, 6-3, 7-6|
|Alejandro Falla def. Mikhail Kukushkin||6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3|
|Sam Querrey def. Santiago Giraldo||6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6|
|Jarkko Nieminen def. Dudi Sela||3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3|
|Vesna Dolonc def. Lara Arruabarrena||2-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|Lucie Hradecka def. Donna Vekic||6-3, 6-1|
|Yanina Wickmayer def. Dinah Pfzinmaier||7-6, 6-3|
|Madison Keys def. Patricia Mayr-Achtleitner||6-2, 7-6, 9-7|
|Annika Beck def. Petra Martic||6-0, 6-0|
|Flavia Pennetta (28) def. Alexandra Cadantu||6-0, 6-2|
|Eugenie Bouchard (30) def. Hao Chen Tang||7-5, 6-1|
|Lucie Safarova def. Julia Glushko||7-5, 3-6, 6-1|
|Virginie Razzano def. Alison van Uytvanck||7-6, 7-6|
|Daniela Hantuchova (31) def. Heather Watson||7-5, 3-6, 6-3|
|Kirsten Flipkens (18) def. Laura Robson||6-3, 6-0|
|Jie Zheng def. Roberto Vinci (12)||6-4, 6-3|
|Tsvetane Pironkova def. Silvia Soler Espinosa||6-3, 6-2|
|Monica Miculescu def. Shahar Peer||6-4, 6-1|
|Alison Riske def. Elena Vesnina (23)||6-2, 6-2|
|Mona Barthel def. Zhang Shuai||7-6, 6-3|
|Ana Ivanovic (14) def. Kiki Bertens||6-4, 6-4|
|Li Na (4) def. Ana Konjuh||6-2, 6-0|
|Julia Goerges def. Sara Errani (7)||6-3, 6-2|
|Luksika Kumkhum def. Petra Kvitova (6)||6-2, 1-6, 6-4|
|Serena Williams (1) def. Ashleigh Barty||6-2, 6-1|
|Samantha Stosur (13) def. Klara Zakopalova||6-3, 6-4|
|Lauren Davies def. Sachia Vickery||6-3, 6-3|
|Casey Dellacqua def. Vera Zvonareva||6-2, 6-2|
|Sabine Lisicki (15) def. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni||6-2, 6-1|
|Karolina Pliskova def. Pauline Parmentier||6-0, 6-1|
|Belinda Necic def. Kimiko Date-Krumm||6-4, 4-6, 6-3|
|Irina Falconi def. Anabel Medina Garrigues||6-3, 6-1|
|Angelique Kerber (9) def. Jarmila Gajdosova||6-3, 0-6, 6-2|
|Monica Puig def. Anna Tatishvili||6-2, 6-4|
|Alla Kudryavtseva def. Caroline Garcia||6-2, 7-6|
|Ekaterina Makarova (22) def. Venus Williams||2-6, 6-4, 6-4|
Djokovic started his journey the way he had hoped, cruising past Lukas Lacko in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1. The world No. 2 was pushed in the second set before eventually winning the tiebreaker.
The Serbian hit 10 aces but did show some signs of rust, as he had 30 unforced errors, indicating areas where he needs to improve as the tournament wears on.
Djokovic discussed the match on Twitter following the victory:
Good to start of with a Win in Aus Open 2014. Dobro je zapoceti pobedom ovogodisnji Aus Open.. Idemo dalje. Thanks for the support guys— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 13, 2014
If that was an easy run, however, seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych's 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 sweep trouncing of Aleksandr Nedovyesov was all the more routine.
On the women's side, Serena Williams also lived up to her tag as favourite in the opening round, losing just three games on her way to routing Australian native Ashleigh Barty, 6-2, 6-1.
Samantha Stosur had more success in front of a home audience in her meeting with Klara Zakopalova, with the Brisbane-born seed benefiting from a telling 27 unforced errors on her opponent's behalf to win, 6-3, 6-4.
The two British hopefuls, Heather Watson and Laura Robson, were each given their marching orders against superior opposition, falling to Daniela Hantuchova (7-5, 3-6, 6-3) and Kirsten Flipkens (6-3, 6-0), respectively.
Despite the long line of favourites advancing to the next phase of the tournament, there was a fair share of upsets in the warm climate, too—almost exclusively from the women's ranks.
Tommy Haas was the only seeded male in action on Day 1 not to make it through to the next round. The German was forced to retire due to injury in the second set of his match against Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, but did look as though he was heading for a loss all the same.
Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova was beaten out by Thai hopeful Luksika Kumkhum, who made terrific use of her serve to down the Czech giant, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
Sports Illustrated called Kumkhum's win the upset of the day:
Thailand's Luksika Kumkhum, ranked No. 88, knocks out No. 6 Petra Kvitova 62 16 64. Upset of the day. #ausopen— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 13, 2014
It was arguably a case of Kvitova beating herself, as the 23-year-old hit a fatal 40 unforced errors and won just 19 return points compared to Kumkhum's 46.
The Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci made for bad headlines with their defeats. The Nos. 7 and 12 seeds, respectively, bowed out at the hands of Julia Goerges (6-3, 6-2) and Jie Zheng (6-4, 6-3).
The pair won a combined 12 games in the four sets played between them. Both were done in by the pressure of being a seeded favourite.