Nadal flies into Open round two as Kerber issues warning

Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic are dangerous floaters in the Open draw

This was his last Australian Open and the question is whether he will be able to compete at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles.

Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova are two of the greats of the game - but both players will step onto Rod Laver Arena on Monday with an air of uncertainty surrounding them. I am trying to be better and better every day. "I don't know my percentage, but was a lot of good positions after the first serve", he said.

The former world number one was far from ideal, committing three double faults and eight unforced errors.

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki open their title defences later in the day, while Andy Murray takes to the court for what could be his farewell match in Melbourne and potentially his last ever.

Berdych was the 2010 runner-up at Wimbledon and he twice has been a semifinalist at the Australian Open.

"I thought we were going to hit the heat rule, but no luck", said Anderson, who faces either American Frances Tiafoe or Indian qualifier Prajnesh Gunneswaran next.

"The pain is too much really".

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Second seed Rafael Nadal, another who has struggled with injuries, is also in action against Australian James Duckworth.

"You were closing your eyes to be more focused on what I am saying", Nadal said to the dozy reporter.

Following the match, the 17-time grand slam champion revealed he was thrown a curve-ball by the Aussies unique brand of tennis despite the score line painting a different picture.

Denmark's Wozniacki broke through for her first Slam title in Melbourne past year, beating Simona Halep in the final, and said she was relishing defending a major for the first time. "I'm just taking it as a nice, fun challenge", she said with Belgium's Alison van Uytvanck her first opponent.

Women's second seed Angelique Kerber swept past Slovenia's Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-2, with the Wimbledon champion producing a clinical display to launch her campaign at a tournament she won in 2016.

American fifth seed Sloane Stephens and five-time major victor Maria Sharapova are also in action.

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