Australian Open men's roundup -- Monday first-round matches

Tennis News Australian Open: Rafael Nadal stumped by James Duckworth

He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.

Ebden has three career wins over top-10 players, two of which came past year.

A ruthless Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in a clinical first round thumping at the Australian Open Monday as fellow veteran Maria Sharapova issued her own warning with a "double bagel" demolition.

Match point summed up the match with Dart failing to put away a simple backhand volley to hand the Russian five-time Grand Slam champion, and No 30 seed, victory.

In her 15th trip to Melbourne Park and her 55th Grand Slam tournament, she's acutely aware of the toll that the sun and long early matches can have on a player's title ambitions, so she gets straight to business.

Sharapova, a victor at Melbourne Park in 2008 who has failed to impress at Grand Slam level since returning from a doping ban in 2017, signalled her intent with a 6-0, 6-0 thrashing of Britain's Harriet Dart, who ended the match in tears.

Kerber was rarely challenged, and stepped up her relentless, grinding style on the handful of occasions she faced break points to move into the next round without losing any service games.

Sharapova, who last tasted Grand Slam success at the 2014 French Open, had no taping on her limbs and moved well less than two weeks after being forced to retire with a thigh injury during her quarter-final clash at the Shenzhen Open.

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"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say", the 2008 victor told reporters when asked if she had any empathy. "I think I was just focused on not having a letdown".

"There is no doubt that my level wasn't where I wanted it to be, but she was there to take the match". Since the beginning of my career I always had the same team, and with Kia it's the same. She went on to beat Russia's Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (10/6).

Nadal swatted aside the home hope Duckworth 6-4 6-3 7-5 in a performance that eased concerns over his fitness ahead of the season's first major.

Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets.

She was on the wrong side of the ledger when American Lindsay Davenport beat her 6-0, 6-0 at Indian Wells in 2005.

Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson fired 14 aces and 47 winners to blast past Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1.

Defending champions Caroline Wozniacki and Roger Federer were scheduled to play night matches later Monday.

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