Finally after many expectations, fears, controversies, controversies and hopes, the Australian Open 2021 has begun, the first Grand Slam of the season that will be played at Melbourne Park from 8 to 21 February, with the presence of a part of the crowd in the stands.
All the greatest tennis players on the planet have therefore made an appointment in Melbourne to play one of the most fascinating and important sporting events of the sporting season, the first real appointment with great tennis after the appetizer of the ATP and WTA events in Melbourne the week before the Australian Open.
There is no Roger Federer, who will return on the court in the next ATP Doha event. Rafael Nadal had approached the Australian Open 2021 with some doubts about his physical condition, after the problems of the ATP Cup. Yet, in the first round, the Spaniard showed a solid performance against Laslo Djere, winning in three sets for 6-3 6- 4 6-1, qualifying for the second round of the tournament.
Below the highlights.