Australian Open: Retiring Andy Murray out in opening round

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But Nadal returned the favour, breaking the Australian in the final game of the match.

17-time Major champion Rafael Nadal beat 238th-ranked James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.

Nadal looked in impressive form in his first competitive match since the US Open in September.

Isner went up a break in the fourth set and served to force a fifth while ahead 5-4.

"Not easy to come back after a lot of months of competition, especially against a player playing super aggressive every shot", Nadal said.

Sharapova, the champion in 2008, takes on unseeded Harriet Dart in her first match since withdrawing because of a thigh injury in Shenzhen.

"But when you're playing the first round of a grand slam, I have been in many positions, previous year Wimbledon came out against a qualifier that played really well".

In the other match, fifth-seed Kevin Anderson also progressed to the second round with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over 2018 Wimbledon finalist Adrian Mannarino. "But, you know, I felt like I did all the right things today in order to get through that match".

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Eleventh seed Aryna Sabalenka, widely tipped as a potential future champion, also safely negotiated round one on a hot day.

Katie Boulter earned the distinction of winning the first 10-point tiebreaker under the Australian Open's new system for deciding sets.

It seemed Boulter wasn't told, fist-pumping and walking to the net at 7/4 before being reminded of the new rule.

She was on the wrong side of the ledger when American Lindsay Davenport beat her 6-0, 6-0 at Indian Wells in 2005.

This was his last Australian Open and the question is whether he will be able to compete at Wimbledon, where he won two of his three major titles.

He starts off against Denis Istomin on Rod Laver Arena.

Scottish former world number one Murray tearfully revealed last week that severe pain from a hip injury was proving too much to bear and he planned to retire this year.

Stung by a first-round loss at Wimbledon a year ago, Sharapova said she couldn't afford to feel any empathy for Dart.

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