dual runners-up Daniil Medvedev defeated American Marcos Giron in straight sets to get to the Australian Open second round.
Giron was defeated easily by the seventh-seeded Russian, 6-0 6-1 6-2.
Medvedev, who lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, said, “Great memories of last year, but I want to have greater ones this year.”
On the first day of competition at Melbourne Park, the third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas also made progress.
The fewest games Medvedev has ever dropped in a Grand Slam match were the three he dropped against Giron.
Three-time semifinalist in Melbourne Tsitsipas of Greece defeated Quentin Halys of France 6-3 6-4 7-6. (8-6).
Next up for him is Australian Rinky Hijikata, while Medvedev, the 2021 US Open winner, will go up against John Millmann.
Tsitsipas stated, “It was difficult; he played some solid tennis in the third set, and I kind of lost my rhythm in the serve.
“I had to think of strategies to escape the challenging circumstance. Near the end, I believe it became clear that I had a fighting spirit and wouldn’t give up.
Shang Juncheng, a youngster, made tennis history by being the first Chinese man to triumph in a main-draw singles match at the Australian Open.
The 17-year-old qualifier defeated Germany’s Oscar Otte 6-2 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 7-5 to claim the title of youngest player in the men’s tournament.
“For Chinese men’s tennis, I believe it’s huge. Although the men’s team hasn’t had many great names, the women’s team has had some pretty good players “Shang noted.
Frances Tiafoe, the 16th seed from the United States, defeated Daniel Altmaier of Germany with scores of 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), and 7-6. (7-8).
On social media, reactions to Tiafoe’s kit, a squiggly pink, blue, and red ensemble, were mixed. One person wrote that the costume “deserves to get to the second week minimum.”
Frances Tiafoe advanced to the US Open semifinals last year. Former winner Stan Wawrinka was defeated by Slovak Alex Molcan in the first round, 6-7 (3-7) 6-3 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4.
American sprite In five sets, Christopher Eubanks defeated Kwon Soon-woo, who was playing well, to win his first match in Melbourne’s main draw.
Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, the 10th seed, defeated Pedro Martinez of Spain in straight sets, while Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada, the sixth seed, overcame a shaky first set to defeat Vasek Pospisil of Canada, 1-6. 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.