The hopes were high after an exhilarating opening day at the Australian Open. The upsets were limited on Day 2 but the action was exciting enough.
As predicted by us in the preview of day two, the match between Kvitova and Petkovic went down to the wire and stood as the match of the tournament so far. Petkovic came through 10-8 in the third set after almost 3 hours of gruelling tennis. Former champion Maria Sharapova made a scintillating start to the open registering a straight sets win over Maria Tatjana. 2016 Champion Angelique Kerber also made a winning start against Friedsam.
On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, both coming back from injury layoff, made quick work of their opponents. Djokovic in particular impressed with his intent and movement. Roger Federer was his usual self against Alijaz Bedene. He cruised to a straight sets victory against the Slovenian. Juan Martin del Potro won the much-anticipated match against the American teenager Francis Tiafoe.
Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, Richard Gasquet and Tomas Berdych were the other seeds to make it to the second round. The biggest upset of the day was registered when Lukas Lacko of Slovakia beat the big serving Candian Milos Raonic in four sets.