Australian Open updates: Federer, Sharapova cruise into second round

Roger Federer beats Lu Yen-Hsun in straight sets

Swiss world number two Roger Federer had a tussle before dispatching Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun at the Australian Open on Monday as he searches for an elusive 18th Grand Slam title.

 Australian Open updates: Federer, Sharapova cruise into second round

Roger Federer plays a forehand in his first round match against Yen-Hsun Lu during day one of the 2015 Australian Open. Getty

Federer, who is gunning for his fifth crown at Melbourne Park, won 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in 1hr 53min on Rod Laver Arena and will play Italian Simone Bolelli in the second round.

Maria Sharapova cruises into second round with straight sets win over Petra Martic

Second seed Maria Sharapova crushed Petra Martic of Croatia in straight sets to advance to the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

The Russian won 6-4, 6-1 in an emphatic victory as she launched her campaign to claim a second title at Melbourne Park and unseat arch-rival Serena Williams as world number one.

Rafael Nadal beats Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets

Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a lack of match practice while beating former top-10 player Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. AP

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. AP

Playing on Rod Laver Arena, Nadal moved well around the court and often seemed impressed with his play, double fist-pumping after winning a point on a lunging backhand volley in the third set.

Nadal said before the tournament that he'd be happy to win one or two rounds at Melbourne Park because of his lack of fitness after a right wrist injury and appendix surgery in November.

Yuki Bhambri loses in straight sets to Britain's Andy Murray 

Sixth seed Andy Murray overcame some frustrating moments in the third set to advance to the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3 6-4 7-6(3) victory over India's Yuki Bhambri on Monday.

The 27-year-old Briton had looked comfortable in the first two sets against the qualifier, though he did jar his right knee in the first game of the second set and was flexing it throughout.

Andy Murray of Britain makes a forehand return to Yuki Bhambri of India during their first round match. AP

Andy Murray of Britain makes a forehand return to Yuki Bhambri of India during their first round match. AP

Bhambri, who is ranked 317th in the world and was making his grand slam main draw debut, had taken a 4-1 lead in the third set with Murray chastising himself for his poor court movement before he stormed back.

The 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon champion will now face Marinko Matosevic in the next round after the Australian came through a tough five-set victory over Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev.

Ana Ivanovic struggles to make it past round 1

Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic struggled with her serve and lost in three sets to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in first big upset of the Australian Open on Monday, Ivanovic's worst result in a major since 2011.

The former No. 1-ranked Ivanovic, a finalist at the 2008 Australian Open, breezed through the first set in 21 minutes with three service breaks before No. 142-ranked Hradecka started to find her range.

Ivanovic, who had a tour-leading 58 match wins in 2014 and started this season by reaching the final at the Brisbane International, had 10 double-faults and made 30 unforced errors.

Hradecka clinched it on her first match point, making amends for her first-round loss to Ivanovic at Wimbledon in 2009 when she wasted a match point.

Ana Ivanovic chases down a shot to  Lucie Hradecka during their first round match at the Australian Open. AP

Ana Ivanovic chases down a shot to Lucie Hradecka during their first round match at the Australian Open. AP

Third-seeded Simona Halep advances to 2nd round at the Australian Open

Third-seeded Simona Halep continued her strong start to the year with a 6-3, 6-2 first-round win over Karin Knapp of Italy at the Australian Open on Monday.

Halep, who opened the season by winning the Shenzen Open in China, was a quarterfinalist at last year's Australian Open, losing to eventual finalist Dominika Cibulkova.

After an early exchange of service breaks, Halep clinched the first set by breaking Knapp's serve. She clinched the match by also breaking Knapp's serve.

The 23-year-old Romanian moved steadily up in the rankings last year, rising as high as No. 2, after winning two titles and making it to the final of the French Open, where she lost to Maria Sharapova.

Grigor Dimitrov wins opening match at Australian Open

Tenth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov defeated Germany's Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6 -2 in a 69-minute first-round match Monday at the Australian Open.

Playing on the second show court at Melbourne Park on a sunny but cool opening day, Dimitrov had little difficulty advancing to the second round and a match against either Lukas Lacko of Slovakia or Maximo Gonzalez of Argentina.

Dimitrov, nicknamed "Baby Fed" because of the similarity of his game to Roger Federer's, won titles on three surfaces last year and reached his first major semifinal at Wimbledon, where he beat 2013 champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

Last year at Melbourne Park, Dimtrov reached the quarterfinals before losing to Rafael Nadal.

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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2015 18:27:27 IST