In the men’s draw, Roger Federer won his match easily, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, cruising through his own service games and suddenly breaking his opponent Yen-Hsun Lu at 5-5 in the third set with apparent ease. Earlier, Andy Murray won in three sets against a surprisingly tough qualifier, Yuki Bhambri of India.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria easily won his first-round match while Borna Coric, a teenage sensation from Croatia, was beaten by Jérémy Chardy of France in four sets.
Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic won his match 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 against Alejandro Falla of Colombia, while James Duckworth, a great hope for Australia, won in five sets against Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia.
Having reached the finals of the Brisbane International the week before, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia came into the Open as one of the favorites. She lost her round 1 match.
At least eight seeded female players lost matches on Monday, including Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sabine Lisicki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Lucie Safarova and Angelique Kerber.
Simona Halep of Romania, the tournament’s No. 3 seed, easily beat Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 6-2.
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