Australian Open Day 2, Gulbis, Gonzales, Guccione, Verdasco, through second round


Ernests Gulbis has earned a place in the Australian Open second round for the first time in his career after outclassing Spain’s Albert Montanes 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Tuesday.

Quick facts
Gulbis converted 83 per cent of his break points (5-for-6)
Gulbis won a total of 80 points compared to Montanes’s 62
The Latvian had 11 aces to just one double fault, while Montanes had two aces and two double faults

Fernando Gonzalez has bundled Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt out of the Australian Open in the first round, recording a hard-fought 5-7 6-2 6-2 3-6 6-3 win.

Quick facts
The match lasted three hours and seven minutes
Gonzalez committed 58 unforced errors to Hewitt’s 47
Gonzalez hit more than double the number of winners than Hewitt (67-32)
Hewitt had 11 double faults to Gonzalez’s four
Gonzalez served three more aces than Hewitt (12-9)

Australian Chris Guccione has recorded an emphatic victory in the first round of Australian Open 2009, defeating Frenchman Nicolas Devilder in straight sets on Margaret Court Arena. Today he moved through in style, smacking 12 aces and 46 winners in the 6-4 6-2 6-4 victory.

Quick facts
Guccione hit 14 more winners than his opponent (46-32)
He had 46 winners to just 21 errors
The Australian broke Devilder’s serve five times during the match
He won 30 points at net to the Frenchman’s 12


14th-seeded Fernando Verdasco made light work of French wildcard Adrian Mannarino as the evening closed in on Show Court 3 6-0 6-2 6-2.

Quick facts
Verdasco’s fastest serve was 204km/h; his average was 164km/h
Verdasco made 18 unforced errors compared to Mannarino’s 43
Verdasco won 86 points to Mannarino’s 45
Mannarino found the mark on just 44 per cent of his first serves

012009 tueday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images

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