Defending champion Roger Federer eased past Slovenian Aijaz Bedene in straight sets of 6-3 6-4 6-3 while Djokovic swept across American Donald Young with a 6-1 6-2 6-4 win. World number 19, Ash Barty defeats Aryna Sabalenka in the first round at Rod Laver Arena in the first round.
Ranked at number 14 in the world, Novak Djokovic had not played an ATP World Tour event since Wimbledon last July because of an elbow injury, but the six-time Australian Open champion showed little sign of rust as he easily beat Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 51 minutes in the opening round of the 2018 Australian Open.
World number two and defending Champion, Roger Federer made it 19 successive tournament opening wins at the Australian Open after disposing of Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-3 6-4 6-3 on the Rod Laver Arena in one hour and 39 minutes. He set up a
In other results, fourth seed Alexander Zverev scrapped his way to a straight-sets win over Thomas Fabbiano. The 20-year-old German started brightly against Fabbiano, who made it a contest in the second set before succumbing 6-1, 7-6, 7-5 at the Rod Laver Arena.
Canadian Milos Raonic made a shock exit in the first round itself to Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
World number 40 Verdasco coughed up an early exit as well to 20th-seeded Bautista Agut in a 6-1, 7-5, 7-5 defeat.
Amongst the Womens’ singles, Ash Barty defeated the ‘screaming’ Aryna Sabalenka in the first round at Rod Laver Arena. Barty, the world No. 19, prevailed, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 against Belarusian Sabalenka. Barty, The tenacious Australian pushed the game to a third and deciding set, breaking Sabalenka in the seventh game.