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  • ´The Djoker´ is back: Novak went through to round two at the Australian Open (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Former Melbourne champions Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have reached round two of the Australian Open, just like Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova did in the Women´s draw. For the Aussies, however, it was a tough day.
By
Maria Schaller

17 Jan 2018 - 12:04 AM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2018 - 1:19 AM

Day two of the Australian Open was not one for the underdogs to shine.

All five previous Melbourne champions went through to round two comfortably.

Roger Federer only spent 1 hour 39 minutes on his opponent, Slovenia's Aljaz Bedene, and entertained the crowd post-match together with Will ´the Elf´ Ferrell.

But while the 2017 champion is considered a favourite by many, other ´veterans´of the sport are more in doubt.

But both Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, who arrived in Melbourne after a lengthy injury break, reached the next round: The Serb and six-time winner defeated Donald Young (US) in straight sets, while ´Stan the Man´ needed four sets to overcome Ricardas Berankis from Lithuania. 

World number four, German youngster Alexander ´Sascha´ Zverev didn´t drop a set in his game against Thomas Fabbiano from Italy and saved some energy for some on-court fun with two times Melbourne champion Jim Courier.

But the real action on day 2 happened outside the big stadiums:

Dominic Thiem´s ´tweener´, a ball hit between his legs, during his three-sets-victory over Guido Pella (Arg) is already considered the ´shot of the tournament´:

In the Women´s draw, both former Australian winners went through smoothly and might face each other in a round-three-clash: Angelique Kerber defeated fellow German Anna-Lena Friedsam while Maria Sharapova overcame Tatjana Maria from Germany.

Garbine Mugurza from Spain won in two sets against Jessika Ponchet from France.

And for a second it looked like Aussie teen Destanee Aiva might surprise world number one Simona Halep, who eventually managed to go through 7-6, 6-1.

Ash Barty reached round two, but day 2 turned out to be the last one for fellow Aussies Alex de Minaur, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson, Alexei Popyrin, Ajla Tomljanovic and Lizette Cabrera.

South Korean hopeful benefited from Mischa Zverev of Germany retiring. 

Japan´s Naomi Osaka secured a win over Kristina Kucova (Svk).

Su-Wei Hsied (Tpe) defeated Lin Zhu from China.

Day 3 - With half the field gone, the pressure just increases.

After a trouble-free first round, world number one Rafael Nadal now faces Argentina´s Leonardo Meyer.

The Aussie favourites have a big day ahead:

Nick Kyrgios will be challenged by Serbia´s Victor Troicki. 

The 22-year-old used his day off for a fast ride:

Daria Gavrilova faces Elise Mertens from Belgium, while Matthew Ebden plays Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Some of the Asian contenders have tricky jobs ahead:

China´s Ying-Ying Duan meets 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. 

And qualifier Luksika Kumkhum from Thailand plays Swiss power girl Belinda Bencic, who stunned the tennis world with her first-round victory over last year´s runner-up Venus Williams.

Japanese tennis fans will have their eyes on Yoshihito Nishioka (against Andreas Seppi/Ita) and Yuichi Sugita (Ivo Karlovic/Cro).