In a tournament that is known for its upsets, John Isner became the first prey after he fell to world number 97 Reilly Opelka 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-5) in a match that lasted up to three hours.
British men’s number one Kyle Edmund was also an upset victim after a disappointing 6-3 6-0 7-5 first-round loss to Tomas Berdych in a tournament many pundits expected more.
Meanwhile, 17-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal defeated James Duckworth 6-4 6-3 7-5 to reach the second round while South African fifth seed Kevin Anderson saw off France’s Adrian Mannarino in four sets 6-3 5-7 6-2 6-1.
Matches still continues today in courts one and two in Melbourne.
By Chineze Ogugua
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