W2W4 at Australian Open: Will Novak Djokovic's new serve stand up?

Elina Svitolina and Reece Topley

Elina Svitolina and Reece Topley

He sailed past Victor Estrella Burgos in the first round to set up a second round tie against Mayer. She'll start her quest against Aiava, the 17-year-old Australian who had the distinction of being the first player born in this century to play in a main draw Grand Slam singles match when she lost in the first round here last year.

After an injury-plagued 2016, Nadal rose to the top of the tennis world in 2017 with a sensational year that included victories at Roland Garros, the US Open, Monte-Carlo Masters, Madrid Masters, Beijing Open and Barcelona Open.

Nadal has suggested the men's tour needs to look at the ijnury trend, but Federer is less convinced and insists his attacking style of play is demanding on the body just as the baseline grind associated with Djokovic and Murray. He beat Nadal in a five-set final for his 18th Grand Slam title - and his first since 2012 - and later won Wimbledon.

The 22-year-old warmed up for the Australian Open by winning the Brisbane title - his first on home soil.

Djokovic tested out his elbow, and his new serve, in an exhibition match earlier this week, beating Austria's Dominic Thiem, in straight sets.

Yet the reigning Australian Open finds himself in that position a year after stunning the world with his own spectacular comeback from injury.

Bidding to reclaim her mantle as the game's best female player, the second-seeded Dane powered past Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3.

"Was obviously tough. You know, I went out there pretty nervous", Kyrgios said.

That's really special feelings, no? I know this is not forever.

Nevertheless, all the players who have been troubled by injury are taking heart from what Nadal and achieved past year.

She's the Australian Open favourite flying under the radar - and that's exactly how Elina Svitolina wants it.

"I feel like I spend less energy but I'm more efficient".

Rod Laver Arena is usually expected to host the cream of the ties and day three of the 2018 championship is no different, with Nadal's clash with Mayer and Grigor Dimitrov's meeting with American Mackenzie McDonald the highlights.

Melbourne Park was bathed in sunshine when Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic took on fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina in the opening match at Rod Laver Arena, with Wozniacki to play Jana Fett in the following match.

Temperatures were forecast to reach 31 Celsius (88 Fahrenheit) later in the day.

Federer surprised everyone with his triumph in Melbourne past year with it coming after a lengthy spell out of the game.

Nadal also dominated regular play, making just 18 unforced errors for the match.

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