Australian Open Day 1, Federer, Safin, Nalbandian into second round

American Mardy Fish has withstood the pressure of playing against a local in front of a vocal crowd by ending Samuel Groth’s Australian Open prospects with a 6-7(3) 6-4 7-5 6-0 win.

Quick facts
There were a total of 33 aces for the match: Fish had 18, Groth had 15
The first three sets lasted for 46, 48 and 43 minutes. The fourth ran for 21 minutes
Groth hit more winners than Fish (36-33)
Groth converted both of his two break point opportunities
Fish approached the net on eight occasions and was successful 62 per cent of the time; Groth went to the net 56 times but was only successful 48 per cent of the time

Russia’s Evgeny Korolev has sent veteran Carlos Moya packing after the first round of the Australian Open for a fifth consecutive year.

Korolev was all class against his higher-ranked opponent, closing the door on Moya 6-3 6-1 7-6(7) in one hour and 51 minutes.

Quick facts
Moya had 35 unforced errors to Korolev’s 21
Korolev won 90 per cent of points when he landed his first serve
Moya had the fastest serve for the match, clocking 211km/h
Moya had one more ace than Korolev (10-9)
Korolev had far fewer double faults than Moya (3-11)


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Former Australian Open champion Marat Safin has advanced to the second round of Australian Open 2009 with a comfortable 6-3 6-3 6-4 win over Spaniard Ivan Navarro in what became a battle of the hotheads.

Quick facts
Safin hit eight aces to Navarro’s six
Safin hit 36 winners compared to Navarro’s 22
Safin made 26 unforced errors, while Navarro had 21
Safin’s first serve winning percentage was 85 per cent

American qualifier Amer Delic advanced into the second round of Australian Open 2009 after defeating compatriot Taylor Dent in a thrilling 6-4 3-6 4-6 6-3 6-4 contest.

Quick facts
Delic served 21 aces to Dent’s eight
Delic won just one more point (139-138 ) than Dent for the match
Delic successfully converted three of seven break point chances, while Dent managed just two of five


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Roger Federer has made a slightly shaky start to his bid for a record-equalling 14th Grand Slam title, dismissing Andreas Seppi 6-1 7-6 7-5 in the first round of Australian Open 2009 on Monday night.

Quick facts
Federer won 122 points to Seppi’s 102
Federer served up nine aces to Seppi’s one
Across the three sets, Federer won more than 75 per cent or more of points on his first serve
Seppi won 100 per cent of his volley points


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David Nalbandian is safely through to the second round of Australian Open 2009 after defeating Frenchman Marc Gicquel in four sets, 6-1 4-6 6-2 6-3.

Quick facts
Nalbandian had four aces and eight double-faults, while Gicquel had just two double-faults to go with his nine aces
Gicquel had the fastest serve of the match at 203km/h, and his average first serve speed of 193km/h was 18km/h faster than Nalbandian’s average speed
Gicquel had a costly 51 unforced errors for the match, while Nalbandian had 43

011909 monday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images

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