It has been a solid day one for the Aussies with one pushing Rafael Nadal, three local women advancing and our top-ranked man Alex de Minaur now joining them.
Nadal downed James Duckworth in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena, 6-4 6-3 7-5, showing no signs of the injuries that ruined his lead-up to the season’s first grand slam. Duckworth did produce some late fight in the third set, breaking when down 3-5.
Top-ranked Aussie man Alex de Minaur also went through in straight sets, defeating Portugal’s Pedro Sousa 6-4 7-5 6-4 less than 48 hours after his Sydney International title win.
Jordan Thompson also progressed to the second round, defeating Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
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