Tennis - World no. 3 David Ferrer made a solid reliable start to his Australian Open campaign with a straight sets win in the first round in Melbourne on Monday.
Ferrer defeated Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3 6-4 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena - his 34th straight first round win in a grand slam event. That's the second best streak among all active players - behind Roger Federer, who has 42 straight wins in grand slam first rounds.
In other early men's matches on Monday, Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen needed five sets to beat Israeli Dudi Sela 3-6 7-6(3) 6-7(3) 6-3 6-3; American Sam Querrey defeated Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6(3); Damir Dzumhur beat Czech Jan Hajek 6-4 6-2 6-1; Colombian Alejandro Falla beat Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(2) 6-2 6-2 6-3; and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino beat American Steve Johnson 3-6 6-3 6-0 5-7 6-4.
World no. 1 Novak Djokovic plays his first round match on Rod Laver Arena in the evening session on Monday.
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