2017 Australian Open: Novak Djokovic starts defense with win, Rafael Nadal advances to next round

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Novak Djokovic (Photo Courtesy: Beth Wilson/Flickr)

The second day of the 2017 Australian Open is full of action. Two former World No. 1s moved into the next round with wins in the first round. Novak Djokovic started his title defense with a victory over Fernando Verdasco.

On the other hand, Rafael Nadal impressed in his first round match against Florian Mayer. The Spaniard star struggled with injuries last season, but he came out looking like his old self in the 2017 Australian Open.

Djokovic starts title defense with win

Novak Djokovic is off to a good start in the 2017 Australian Open. The defending champion defeated Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2. The World No. 2 is looking to get back on track after losing the top spot to Andy Murray late last year.

The Serbian star is looking to make history this year. If he wins the 2017 Australian Open, he becomes the first player to ever win the title seven times. He is very happy with his first-round performance against Verdasco.

“I started well with a great intensity. First and third sets went well, second set was a gamble — pretty close,” Djokovic told the New York Post.

Nadal impressive in first major game

Rafael Nadal struggled with a wrist injury last season, but he was very impressive in his win against Germany’s Florian Mayer. The former World No. 1 dominated his opponent, 6-3 6-4 6-4, and he is looking to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014.

“I was healthy enough to practice the way I wanted to, so that’s important for me. I’ve had a longer period of time here in Australia, it was a great experience and I was able to play in Brisbane,” Nadal said, via BBC.

Photo Courtesy: Beth Wilson/Flickr

Video Courtesy: Australian Open TV/Flickr

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