The Great Ocean Road Open is an event with an exciting name, staged at Melbourne Park a week before the Australian Open. Monday saw nine first-round encounters and two seeds already out of the competition. World no. 195 Aleksandar Vukci grabbed his first ATP victory, beating the veteran Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 30 minutes after scoring four breaks from seven opportunities.
Kamil Majchrzak is using protected ranking to enter the main draw. The Pole made a strong start following a 6-3, 6-4 triumph over Laslo Djere in swift 69 minutes. Kamil saved all five break points and stole Laslo's serve once in each set to seal the deal and grab a much-needed victory.
Aljaz Bedene needed two hours to prevail against Yasutaka Uchiyama in two tie breaks, winning four points more than his rival and winning the crucial points to move into the second round. Kevin Anderson notched a notable win over Feliciano Lopez, beating the Spaniard 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 29 minutes.
The South African blasted 17 aces and saved all three break points, keeping the pressure on the other side of the net and stealing Lopez's serve twice to emerge at the top. Anderson broke in the first game and saved three break chances in game six to remain in front.
Serving for the set, Kevin held at 30 in game ten and gathered a boost ahead of set number two, where he barely lost a point behind the initial shot.
Kevin Anderson is through to the second round in Melbourne.
Lopez followed that pace until game 11 when he suffered a break, allowing Anderson to seal the deal a few minutes later and advance into the next round.
Soon Woo Kwon took down Andrej Martin 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and 37 minutes, staying focused in the decisive tie break to finish on the winning side. Max Purcell toppled Norbert Gombos 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 16 minutes, playing well behind the initial shot and earning one break in each set.
Purcell seized a break in the third game of the opener and another at 2-2 in set number two that gave him the crucial advantage.