Monday’s weather: Morning clouds and a light rain shower, followed by a cool day. High of 72.
• The top seeds cruised. No. 2 Roger Federer and No. 3 Novak Djokovic rolled in straight-sets victories, while No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki bagged her first victory of the 2011 season against the potentially tricky Gisela Dulko. Other men’s seeded winners included No. 6 Tomas Berdych, No. 8 Andy Roddick and No. 9 Fernando Verdasco, with No. 4 Venus Williams, No. 6 Francesca Schiavone and No. 8 Victoria Azarenka winning on the women’s side.
• Querrey, Harrison go down. The 18th-seeded Californian lived down to his reputation as a player who shines at the smaller tournaments and underwhelms at the majors, slumping to a disappointing 5-7, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 against Poland’s Lukasz Kubot. Much-talked-about 18-year-old Ryan Harrison couldn’t match his U.S. Open breakthrough, bowing quietly to France’s Adrian Mannarino in straight sets.
• Scintillating comebacks for Fish, Monfils. Feeling the effects of a mystery illness, the 16th-seeded Fish fell behind two sets against Romania’s Victor Hanescu before rallying for a 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 victory. Meanwhile, Monfils trailed two sets and a break against Thiemo de Bakker before storming back for a 6-7, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-1 win. (The 12th-seeded Frenchman accused his Dutch opponent of tanking afterward.)
• Trendy sleeper pick Groth loses. Australia’s Jarmila Groth entered with momentum after winning last week’s Hobart tune-up, but failed for the sixth time to get out of the first round in Melbourne with a three-set loss to Yanina Wickmayer. (She thanked her fans for their support on Twitter.) Other notable women’s losers included No. 17 Aravane Rezai and No. 28 Daniela Hantuchova.
Boris Becker says Andy Murray has two years to win that elusive first Grand Slam title. (After that, he says, “it’s going to get impossible”) … Roger Federer’s revealing interview with Linda Pearce of the Melbourne Age … 17-year-old American wild card Lauren Davis is confident entering Tuesday’s first-round match with sixth-ranked Sam Stosur … NPR’s Australian Open preview touches on the floods threatening the continent … Someone better keep an eye on this TV journalist from New Zealand … Venus says it’s quieter without Serena in Melbourne.
Photo of the Day
Vania King of the United States returns to Austria’s Tamira Paszek during their first-round match (from SI.com’s Best Shots from Day 1 at the Australian Open).
84 … Length in minutes of Federer’s methodical victory over Lukas Lacko. (Watch the highlights here.)
1 … Number of players in WTA history to play each of the four Grand Slam tournaments in succession without playing any other event. Venus Williams became the first Monday with her first-round victory over Sara Errani.
0-12 … Career record of Mardy Fish when down two-sets-to-none before Monday’s come-from-behind victory over Victor Hanescu.
Cannonball! Ana Ivanovic gets loose for a New Zealand television show.
What’s Happening Today
Tennis Channel’s live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 picking it up from 9 p.m. through 8 a.m.
The day’s marquee matchup begins at 3 a.m. ET when No. 3 Kim Clijsters faces Dinara Safina in a meeting of one-time top-ranked players.
No. 1 Rafael Nadal, No. 4 Robin Soderling and No. 5 Andy Murray play their first-round matches, with No. 2 Vera Zvonareva and No. 5 Sam Stosur in action on the women’s side.
Other matches of note include New York native Coco Vandeweghe against Alize Cornet (on Court 5; catch it on ESPN3.com) and hometown favorite Lleyton Hewitt against No. 27 David Nalbandian.
The complete order of play for Day 2 can be found here.
They Said It
“I like Ryan because he does ask questions, you know. The stuff that makes him annoying now is going to make him really good someday, if that makes sense.”
–Andy Roddick, on his role as a mentor for younger American players such as Ryan Harrison