Australian Open 2018 Schedule: Replay TV Coverage, Live Stream for Tuesday Draw

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2018

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16:  Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his first round match against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia on day two of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic were among those in action at the Australian Open on Tuesday, and they made it through the first round with straight-set wins over Aljaz Bedene and Donald Young, respectively.

There were plenty of other top stars on court in Melbourne including Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, who all progressed to the second round.

Meanwhile, there were several upsets as Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut were knocked out by Lukas Lacko and Fernando Verdasco, respectively; in the women's draw, Andrea Petkovic beat Petra Kvitova 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in a three-hour epic.

Here's how to catch the action from the day's play:

                                          

Watch: Eurosport 1 (UK) and ESPN2 (U.S.) 

Live Stream: Eurosport Player (UK), Tennis Channel Everywhere (U.S.), WatchESPN (U.S.)

Friday Replay Coverage: Eurosport 1 from 1:30 p.m. (GMT), Tennis Channel from 12 p.m. (ET)

Full Schedule: AusOpen.com

                               

Federer and Djokovic Advance

Federer comfortably eased past Bedene at the Rod Laver Arena, winning 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 to ensure a seventh straight first-round exit for the Slovenian in Melbourne.

The Swiss star breezed through the opening set, holding to love in three service games in a row and conceding just three points on his serve throughout.

Despite being broken immediately in the second, Bedene was able to provide slightly more of a challenge in the second, per Eurosport UK:

He remained unable to breach the world No. 2's serve, though, and Federer racked up 12 aces by the time the contest was finished, per the tournament's official website, with the third set proving as straightforward as the first.

Djokovic enjoyed an even more routine win over Young as he dismissed the American 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

A poor start from Young paved the way for a comfortable return to action for the Serb, who was making his first competitive appearance since Wimbledon after dealing with an elbow injury.

The injury necessitated a change in serving style, but as the Open's official Twitter account demonstrated, it was not put to the test:

Metro's George Bellshaw was also impressed with his overall performance:

Per Sky Sports' Paul Prenderville, Djokovic announced his delight at returning: "It feels great to be back here and great to be back on a tennis court—there is no better place for me after six months of injury than here in Australia."

"I have never faced a situation like this in my career, I have only maybe had a one-month absence," he added. "It had to come eventually, this injury has been with me for a while, it escalated last year and I had to take some time off."

World No. 1 Halep looked as though she might become the victim of a sensational upset when 17-year-old Australian Destanee Aiava took charge of their first set, but unfortunately for the teenager things quickly unravelled, per Ben Rothenberg of the New York Times:

Halep battled back to take the first set in a tiebreaker and despite going over on her ankle early in the second, she saw the match out comfortably to win 7-6 (5), 6-1.

The Romanian will take on Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the second round after she beat Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-6 (5).

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