For his part, the Argentine Diego Schwartzman (25th in the ATP world rankings) advanced to the second round by defeating the Ukrainian Oleksii Krutykh (188) 6-4, 6-7 (6-8 the tie break), 6 -3 and 7-6 (7-5).
The tennis player from Buenos Aires needed three hours and 55 minutes to beat his Ukrainian rival. In the second round he will play against the American JJ Wolf (66), who beat local Jordan Thompson 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and 7-5.
El Peque used a bandage on his left leg due to an adductor problem that he has been dragging since the ATP 250 Auckland and that he had in doubt for Australia until the last moment. Meanwhile, the Argentines Federico Bagnis and Pedro Cachín were eliminated in this first round after losing to the British Daniel Evans and the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, respectively.
Bagnis (90) from Santa Fe lost to Evans (27) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-4, in three hours and 29 minutes, while Cachín (59) from Cordoba was defeated by Carreño Busta ( 15) by 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 and 7-6 (7-3), in 128 minutes.
In addition to Schwartzman, the Argentines in the second round of the men’s draw are Francisco Cerúndolo (30) and Tomás Etcheverry (79), while in the women’s the Rosario Nadia Podoroska advanced to second, who will have Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka as her next rival. two times champion in Australia.
In almost 5 hours of play, the British Andy Murray (former number one and current number 66 in the ranking) defeated the Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 and 7-6 (6). 14) in the first round of the Australian Open and awaits the winner of the match between the local Thanasi Kokkinakis (159) and the Italian Fabio Fognini (57).
The first seed of the first Grand Slam of the year, which distributes more than 34 million dollars in prizes and is played on a hard surface, is the Spanish Rafael Nadal, 2 in the world, who in the first round beat the British Jack Draper by 7- 5, 2-6, 6-4 and 6-1.
Nadal has 22 Grand Slam titles and is the all-time winner of major tournaments, although Djokovic has 21 and could equal him in this edition.
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