Maria Sharapova cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 win over Tatjana Maria of Germany on Margaret Court Arena. It is [50 years] since she won.
Federer says such comebacks aren't as easy as he and his great rival make it look.
He remained unable to breach the world No. 2's serve, though, and Federer racked up 12 aces by the time the contest was finished, per the tournament's official website, with the third set proving as straightforward as the first.
"It's been a couple of years since I've been back here - obviously, I wanted to enjoy the moment", the 2008 Australian Open champion and three-time runner-up said. "I love it here", said the Russian, who missed last year's tournament due to her ban.
Sharapova was unstoppable in racing through the first set 6-1 before a battle in the second to prevail 7-6 (7/4), proving she must again be taken seriously. "Win a match would be a good start", he deadpanned.
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Sharapova was banned after testing positive for the drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, when she reached the quarterfinals, and finished a year ago ranked No. 60.
Sharapova was a class above in the opening set as she broke in the first game but Maria produced a spirited display in the second.
Roger Federer knows he faces a huge challenge to match last year's "fairy tale" after starting the first grand slam of 2018 with a dominant Australian Open victory over Aljaz Bedene.
Radwanska, the 26th seed, will play Taiwanese Hsieh Su-Wei next after the world number 88 shocked Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.
Kerber has turned over a new leaf in a number of ways, parting ways with long-time coach Torben Beltz in November, the man who guided her to two grand slam titles and the world number one ranking in 2016 during an eight-year partnership.
"If Novak plays like that, he will be tough to beat", said Paul Annacone, the Tennis Channel analyst who knows too well from his years coaching Roger Federer how hard Djokovic is to beat at his peak.
The player also had the easiest of rides in her on-stage interview. Pera lost in the final round of qualifying and only got into the tournament Monday when Margarita Gasparyan withdrew with a shoulder injury. "I was checking the tickets to fly back. I'm just really happy to be back here". "He was fresh, he was moving well", Wilander, host of the "Game, Set and Mats" show for Eurosport at the Australian Open, told Reuters on Tuesday.