Australian Open 2021 LIVE updates: Ash Barty to take on Danka Kovinic as Alex De Minaur readies for match against Tennys Sandgren

Today’s major results

Here is a look at the major results from today’s singles match-ups.

Djokovic lets his tennis do the talking

Novak Djokovic’s battle on night one was not Jeremy Chardy, a man he had never lost to in 13 previous matches.

Djokovic is aiming to win a record ninth Australian Open here this year. But that was not his battle either.

Djokovic is battling to prove he isn’t the diva he appeared when he complained about hotel quarantine and presented a list of demands to the government.

The anti-vaxxer, who hosted his own charity tournament and player party that turned into a super-spreader event, who issued a list of demands from quarantine so outrageous he made Nick Kyrgios the voice of reason, has his work ahead of him convincing the broader public.

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‘I’m a nutcase when I’m on the court’: After early outburst, Kyrgios cruises into second round

Nick Kyrgios has labelled himself a “nutcase on the court” after breezing into the second round of the Australian Open with a straight sets win.

Kyrgios beat Portuguese qualifier Frederico Ferreira Silva 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in front of a small, vocal crowd at John Cain Arena, setting up a second round clash with 29th seed Ugo Humbert, but it was comments directed at his box that have set social media alight.

The second and third sets were uneventful as Kyrgios produced the high standard of tennis that took him to the fourth round at Melbourne Park last year.

The first set was anything but.

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Today’s major results

Here is a look at the major results from today’s singles match-ups.

Good morning all

G’day everyone and welcome to day two of our 2021 Australian Open tennis blog.

We have some bumper clashes to come today as local contender Ash Barty takes the court, reigning women’s champion Sophia Kenin begins her campaign and the incomparable Rafael Nadal bursts into the action.

Kenin is up first on Rod Laver Arena at 11am AEDT while Nadal is due no earlier than 1.30pm while Barty will open the night session this evening at 7pm.

Australian stars Alex De Minaur and Samantha Stosur both play this afternoon and evening on John Cain Arena with the De Minaur not due on court until at least 4pm.

We will be blogging from start to finish so please enjoy the day to come and don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the blog.

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