There were no dramas in the Australian Open first round for last year’s finalists Roger Federer and Marin Cilic.
Federer, the defending champion chasing his 100th career title, rarely got out of first gear in his 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Denis Istomin.
His serve was especially impressive against his aggressive baseline opponent, and he will now face Dan Evans in the next round.
“It’s great to be back,” said Federer. “Very happy with the match.
“I thought I brought good energy and played some good shots.”
So far, so good for @cilic_marin 💪
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 14, 2019
Cilic, meanwhile, faced rejuvenated Australian Bernard Tomic, but comfortably dispatched him in straight sets.
The sixth seed needed just two hours to overpower Tomic and bully his way to a 6-2 6-4 7-6 win which included 24 aces.
Johanna Konta still struggling to come to grips with the fact that Wimbledon 2020 has been axed.
Michael Graham on why Roland Garros is his favourite.
No on-court training for Roger Federer just yet.
French officials determined to host a “full” version of Roland Garros.
Former British No 1 Greg Rusedski believes…
British Tour events set for July.
Fabio Fognini on the Grand Slam record.
Novak Djokovic adds two more big-name players to Adria Tour.
Wayne Gretzky a big fan of Bianca Andreescu.
Novak Djokovic gives more info on Adria Tour.