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Australian Open 2021: No. 2 Rafael Nadal to face Laslo Djere in 1st Round

Rafael Nadal starts his bid for a men’s record 21st major singles title with a first-round match against Laslo Djere on Rod Laver Arena. 

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Melbourne Published on: February 08, 2021 15:17 IST
Spain's Rafael Nadal serves during a practice session ahead
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Spain's Rafael Nadal serves during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 7

A quick look at the Australian Open:

LOOKAHEAD TO TUESDAY

Rafael Nadal starts his bid for a men’s record 21st major singles title with a first-round match against Laslo Djere on Rod Laver Arena. The No. 2-ranked Nadal equaled Roger Federer’s mark of 20 by winning the French Open title last October, his 13th at Roland Garros. He has been experiencing stiffness in his back that kept him on the sidelines for Spain’s ATP Cup campaign last week and restricted his movement in practice. Sofia Kenin will start a Grand Slam title defense for the first time when she gets play started on the main show court at Melbourne Park against Maddison Inglis of Australia. Kenin won the Australian title last year and reached the final of the French Open. Other Grand Slam champions in action Tuesday include top-ranked Ash Barty, 2020 Australian Open runner-up Garbine Muguruza and two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka.

TUESDAY’S FORECAST

Sunny. High of 27 degrees Celsius (81 degrees Fahrenheit)

MONDAY’S WEATHER

Overcast. High of 19 degrees C (66 F).

MONDAY'S KEY RESULTS IN THE DAY SESSION

Women’s First Round: No. 3 Naomi Osaka beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-2; No. 8 Bianca Andreescu beat Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 4-6, 6-3; No. 10-Serena Williams beat Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-1; No. 15 Iga Swiatek beat Arantxa Rus 6-1, 6-3; Venus Williams beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2; Bernarda Pera beat No. 23-Angelique Kerber 6-0, 6-4.

Men's First Round: No. 3 Dominic Thiem beat Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-3; No. 6 Alexander Zverev beat Marcos Giron 6-7 (8), 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-2; Emil Ruusuvuori beat No. 10-Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3; No. 14 Milos Raonic beat Federico Coria 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; No. 17 Stan Wawrinka beat Pedro Sousa 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

STAT OF THE DAY

More than 1,000 — Organizers didn't readily have an exact number, but more than 1,000 spectators were allowed into a major for the first time in a year. No fans were allowed at the U.S. Open because of restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic and numbers at the French Open were kept to around 1,000. Up to 30,000 people will be allowed into Melbourne Park daily during the Australian Open.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I think every single person there was probably in awe to be sitting at a sporting event, as much as I was to have them there.” — Venus Williams, on having a sizable number of people back at Melbourne Park.

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