Gael Monfils started with an express victory in Melbourne
Gael Monfils got off to a great start in the first Australian Open Grand Slam of the year. The French veteran recorded an express victory in three sets over Federico Coria in just over an hour and a half.
The 17th in the scheme Monfils was the complete master of the court and did not give any chances to his Argentine rival. He "blew it away" with 6: 1, 6: 1, 6: 3. Thus, the 35-year-old Frenchman is already waiting to learn the name of his next opponent, who will be determined in the match between Alexander Bublik and Ernesto Escobedo.
Canadian Denis Shapovalov also advanced to the tournament. He had a much more contested clash against Serbian Laszlo Jere, but managed to lie to him in four sets after 7: 6 (3), 6: 4, 3: 6, 7: 6 (3). In the next round he will face Korean Kuon Sun-woo, who won 3: 6, 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2 against Holger Rune.
Dusan Lajovic and Marton Fucovic had a great 5-set clash. It took them almost three and a half hours to determine the winner. This was the Serb who won 6: 3, 4: 6, 6: 1, 6: 7 (6), 6: 1. So he goes to the second round, where he will play with the Spaniard Carlos Alcaras Garfia, who defeated the Chilean Alejandro Tabillo 6: 2, 6: 2, 6: 3.