Australian Open 2015 – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Off to Winning Starts

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Monday, January 19th, 2015 | 0

The Australian Open 2015 got off to a flying start on Monday with tournament favorites Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray pulling off their first-round triumphs in the men’s action.

Rafael Nadal d. Mikhail Youzhny (6-3, 6-2, 6-2)

It was poised to be a tricky match, but it didn’t turn out to be. 3rd Rafael Nadal might have been dealing with some substandard form in the past few weeks, but the fancied Spaniard looked nowhere near jeopardy as he brushed aside former World No. 8 Mikhail Youzhny of Russia at the Rod Laver Arena.

The 2009 champion looked indomitable as he won a commendable 89 per cent of his first-serve points and 82 per cent of his second-serve points en route his opening-round scuffle that lasted for just one hour and 50 minutes.

Up next, Nadal is slated to meet American Tim Smyczek, who outdid local lad Luke Saville in straight games.

Andy Murray d. Yuki Bhambri (6-3, 6-4, 7-6)

Having drawn to meet World No. 317 Yuki Bhambri of India, 6th seed Andy Murray was projected to ease past the opening-round hurdle. However, it turned out to be a grueling encounter for the Brit, who ultimately held his nerves to confine the match to 3 sets.

Albeit Murray didn’t drop a set throughout the match, he was tested on various occasions by Bhambri – the 2009 junior champion here. Murray was broken twice including a 1-4 trailing in the third set before he rose up on the juncture and went on to win via tie-breaker.

Praising his little-known adversary, Murray said: “I thought he played well; he was very aggressive and he was right up on the baseline the whole match. That made it difficult because it didn’t give me much rhythm or a lot of time.”

Moving on, local hope Marinko Matosevic awaits Murray in the second round of the tournament.

Roger Federer d. Yen-Hsun Lu (6-4, 6-2, 7-5)

2nd seed Roger Federer lived up to the expectations of his fans as he overcame a stiff challenge from in-form Taiwanese Yen-Hsun Lu to storm into the second round of the coveted event Down Under.

The Swiss maestro not only emerged unbroken in the clash, but also converted a spectacular 86 per cent of his first-serve points, scoring 57 winners, besides firing 9 aces and winning as many as 30 net points at the infamous Rod Laver Arena.

Next up, Federer is scheduled to cross the swords with Italian Simone Bolelli, who clinched a four-set conquest of Argentine Juan Monaco in the other opening-round match.







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