Rafael Nadal wakes up sleeping journalist in Australian Open press conference

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Chuckling even further, Nadal added: "I know, you were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I was saying".

The 17-time Grand Slam champion opened his campaign with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Australian wildcard James Duckworth.

"So that's an important victory because is the first victory in a while and at the same time, because it gives me the chance to be on court again. And that's what I need".

The Spaniard, who will next meet the victor of Australian Matthew Ebden's contest with Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany, said before the match he has brought a remodelled serve to Melbourne aimed at generating more pace.

Nadal has lost only twice in the first round at Grand Slams - to Steve Darcis at 2013 Wimbledon, and to Fernando Verdasco here in 2016 - and is aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win all four majors at least twice. "Today he went on court with the determination to not play tennis the way I understand tennis", Nadal said.

"I can still play, but not to a level I'm happy playing at", said Murray ahead of his evening clash in Melbourne Arena on a day when temperatures are forecast to soar to 37 Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

"He went on court, you know - it's not a negative point". Not at all. Believe me. "And he played smart and he played well".


She was on the wrong side of the ledger when American Lindsay Davenport beat her 6-0, 6-0 at Indian Wells in 2005.

In the other match, fifth-seed Kevin Anderson also progressed to the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over 2018 Wimbledon finalist Adrian Mannarino.

Isner was seeded No. 9, was a semifinalist at Wimbledon previous year and had been 9-0 in all-U.S. contests at the Slams.

Isner, 33, was crestfallen to be booking an early flight out of Australia but said he would work through the disappointment. "It's very hard to start after an injury - I know it very well".

"You keep working and put your head down and kind of disappear once I leave here and just work", he told reporters.

Opelka will play 102nd ranked Italian journeyman Thomas Fabbiano for a place in the third round.

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