Nadal flies into Open round two as Kerber issues warning

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates following her first round victory against Harriet Dart

MICHAEL DODGE GETTY IMAGESMaria Sharapova of Russia celebrates following her first round victory against Harriet Dart

Roger Federer says his serve is as good as it's ever been and his body is in top shape going into round two of the Australian Open on Wednesday, where Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are also in action.

Holder Roger Federer weathered a stern test from Britain's Dan Evans to reach the Australian Open third round for the 20th straight year on Wednesday, while Rafa Nadal eased past local hope Matthew Ebden.

Meanwhile, 17-time Grand Slam victor Rafael Nadal beat James Duckworth 6-4 6-3 7-5 to reach the second round.

He broke Evans in the fourth game of the third set and closed out the match with an imperious backhand victor down the line to set up a clash with Taylor Fritz after he beat Gael Monfils in four sets.

"I think I was hitting the ball pretty well", he told reporters.

But injury problems have recently stifled Edmund's growth and he was comfortably beaten at the first hurdle by veteran and former grand-slam finalist Tomas Berdych.

The Australian Open is in full swing and a few of the top competitors have already taken the court.

"So that's an important victory because is the first victory since a while, and at the same time, because that gives me the chance to be on court again". The one which broke him was a netcord that the GB player fluffed his response to, but it was glorious stuff overall from the Swiss and there was no way back. "If this was my last match. l "I gave literally everything I had".

Evans, who was the last British man left in the field, was playing his first Grand Slam after serving a 1-year doping suspension.

Sloane Stephens has advanced to the third round at Melbourne Park with a 6-3, 6-1 win over her former junior doubles partner Timea Babos.

But after trailing by a set and 3-0 in the second, Tiafoe turned this match around to get to the third round at a major for the second time. "I've loved playing here over the years".

Last season provided a breakout year for Osaka, who claimed her first grand slam title at the US Open. She was the first of five Australian Open winners to play on Rod Laver Arena on Day 1, starting with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Harriet Dart.

He returned to the ATP Tour a year ago and entered the Open as the world 189 but he will move up the rankings courtesy of making the second round. Sabalenka closed out the match after one hour and 13 minutes.

Bulgaria's 20th seed Grigor Dimitrov switched gears after losing the second set tiebreak to beat Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-5 in the second round. Boulter started celebrating and went to the net when she reached 7-4 in the tiebreaker, forgetting it wasn't a conventional count.

The 37-year-old Swiss master made light of his assignment on Rod Laver Arena to wrap up the match 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 as he confidently began the defence of his title.

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