Australian Open 2020: Monday Results, Highlights, Scores Recap from Melbourne

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2020

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Serena Williams of United States plays a backhand in her first round match against Anastasia Potapov of Russia on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chaz Niell/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams eased through to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday as she dispatched Anastasia Potapova in straight sets. 

Her sister, Venus Williams, suffered another first-round exit to 15-year-old Coco Gauff, however.

Roger Federer made it past Steve Johnson comfortably in three sets, while reigning women's champion Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova also progressed without incident.

Women's No. 1 seed and local favourite Ashleigh Barty had to come from behind to beat Lesia Tsurenko.

Defending men's champion Novak Djokovic was also in action in Melbourne and needed four sets to get past Jan-Lennard Struff.


Selected Men's Singles Matches

(3) Roger Federer bt. Steve Johnson, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2

(8) Matteo Berrettini bt. Andrew Harris, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3

Marton Fucsovics bt. (13) Denis Shapovalov, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1, 7-6 (3)

(6) Stefanos Tsitsipas bt. Salvatore Caruso, 6-0, 6-2, 6-3

(2) Novak Djokovic bt. Jan-Lennard Struff, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1


Selected Women's Singles Matches

(8) Serena Williams bt. Anastasia Potapova, 6-0, 6-3

(3) Naomi Osaka bt. Marie Bouzkova, 6-2, 6-4

Coco Gauff bt. Venus Williams, 7-6 (5), 6-3

(7) Petra Kvitova bt. Katerina Siniakova, 6-1, 6-0

(1) Ashleigh Barty bt. Lesia Tsurenko, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

Shuai Zhang bt. (24) Sloane Stephens, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Full results can be found at the Australian Open's official website.


Monday Recap

Serena Williams needed just 58 minutes to sweep Potapova aside, picking up a bagel in the opening set.

The seven-time Australian Open singles winner wasted no time in demolishing the 18-year-old:

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

19 minutes. 10 winners 3 unforced errors 6-0 Serena Williams. #AusOpen

The Russian gave a better account of herself in the second set and was briefly a break up against the 38-year-old, but there was little she could do against a confident performance from Williams.

Meanwhile, in the battle between the youngest and the oldest entrants in the women's draw, it was the former who came out on top.

Just as she did at Wimbledon last year, Gauff picked up a straight-set opening-round win over 39-year-old Venus Williams.

The Floridian eventually edged out the veteran in a first-set tiebreaker after Williams had saved three set points at 5-4. In the second, she raced to a 3-0 lead before seeing out the set, and tennis writer Tumaini Carayol was impressed:

Tumaini Carayol @tumcarayol

Coco Gauff does it again, this time beating Venus Williams 7-6(6) 6-3 to reach the Australian Open second round. Gauff struggled to close out the first set, but her competitive instincts are so good. Eked that set out and then played a great second set to win.

Federer played his first competitive match since November, but the 38-year-old showed little sign of rust as he dispatched Johnson in just 82 minutes without giving up a break of serve.

The American was limited to just one break-point opportunity in the entire contest.

Christopher Clarey of the New York Times gave his take on the Swiss maestro after the first set:

Christopher Clarey @christophclarey

Federer contests and wins his first official set since November. Looks lean, quick, precise and eager to attack the new year. 6-3 over Steve Johnson in this outdoor/indoor duel at #AO2020

Osaka impressed as she kicked off her title defence against Marie Bouzkova.

After a comfortable first set, Osaka found herself 2-4 in the second after falling a break behind, but she finished the match with four consecutive games to avoid a third set.

A shaky start from Barty saw her broken three times by Tsurenko in their opening set, but she put in a much more solid performance as she dropped just two of the final 14 games:

WTA Insider @WTA_insider

No.1 Ashleigh Barty gets it done, comes back to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 57 61 61 to advance to 2R. Barty finished the 1st set with 11 winners, 19 UFE (-8). Hit 14 winners to 11 UFE for the rest of the match (+3). Faces either Peterson or Hercog. #AusOpen

Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals in Melbourne last year, but he also suffered first-round exits at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

There was no danger of that here, though. The 21-year-old did not give up a single break-point chance to Salvatore Caruso as he set up a second-round clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Djokovic recorded his 900th career victory against Struff, but he didn't have it all his own way against the German.

After requiring a tiebreaker to take the first set, he looked to be on course to win in three when he took the second 6-2. Struff fought back and took the third, however, with the aid of back-to-back double-faults at the end of the set from the No. 2 seed.

That proved to be the wake-up call Djokovic needed, and he dropped just one game on his way to taking the fourth.