On Rod Laver arena, it was world No1 Simona Halep, eager to keep her hands on that top spot, and she would fight like a terrier to do so against Lauren Davis, one of the few women significantly shorter than the 5ft6in Halep. "And then I was really excited to start the new season". We have to take that into consideration. "This is the matches I'm looking forward to have, especially at the beginning of the year". I try to cool down. "But even with the ice towel, the water, I think my body was super warm".
Her biggest problem here was Davis, ranked 76 but playing significantly above that, as she came from a break down to take the opening set in her first ever match against a world number one.
"You'd rather see that than robots left, right and centre".
"I want to enjoy every moment I'm here on this court". It's more business than a sport. Sharapova, for her part, made too many errors, 26 in the 91 points played.
The only thing going for Monfils is that Djokovic has never beaten him at - because they've never played here.
Having been out of action for six months, the Serbian is attempting to emulate the Swiss Master's incredible comeback at Melbourne Park past year.
During his second round match with Novak Djokovic, Frenchman Gael Monfils told the umpire he would "collapse", if he kept enforcing the 25-second rule before each service. I can't blame conditions for my double faults. "Also, if you saw the crowds, nobody was there watching under the sun".
"Sure I was watching the other players suffer but as long as nothing bad happens it's all good". "I trained this winter in Miami".
"In the courts that we have the roof, why not put the roof when the conditions are so extreme?" "Just be smart. If you have to give up, it's not a shame".
Speaking after his first round 6-3 6-4 6-3 win over Aljaz Bedene at the Australian Open, Federer was asked how he maintains enthusiasm for the mountain of media obligations he's been forced to endure over a 20-year professional career.
She will next face Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic who overcame Greece's Maria Sakkari 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4. I think the last 12 days was more than what I could have dream coming here.
Such clutch play is completely unsustainable - she even won the Sydney final against Ash Barty despite both players having break points in the same number of return games - and Sharapova's data on return shows she's underperformed for converting break points by a similar figure this year so far.
"But I did a big effort".
American 13th seed Sam Querrey could not progress to the Australian Open's last 32 for a fifth time, with the 30-year-old upset 6-4, 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 by 80th-ranked Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.
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