Rafael Nadal strolls into second-round of the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal strolls into second-round of the Australian Open

"I mean, there is no time for that, I'm sorry to say", Sharapova - the 30th seed - told reporters afterwards.

"If today was my last match, look, it was a brilliant way to finish", Murray said.

Murray, just 31, is a year removed from his operation, and he said that he will decide in the next week or so whether to have a second one.

Nadal, who is bidding to become the first man in the Open Era, and only the third man ever, to win each of the four Grand Slams twice, ran his opponent down with his superior court coverage and ability to hit winners under pressure. If he decides for further surgery, then Monday's match might have been his last. That was, yeah, a good point from this match.

The defending women's champion, Caroline Wozniacki, also advanced in straight sets, beating Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-3, and could face Maria Sharapova next.

They chanted his name when he grabbed the fourth set. He said he understood his body and had a great team around him. "He's a tough, tough fighter".

Dart was right about Sharapova not giving up many free points. "Believe me, he went on court probably doing a thing that works well for him, and it gave him some chances - he played smart and he played well".

Spain's Rafael Nadal said on Saturday he was feeling healthy and approaching full fitness ahead of next week's Australian Open, after his rival, Britain's Andy Murray, announced plans to retire due to injury. "I'm your biggest fan".

The 2008 Australian Open champion got play started on Rod Laver Arena and needed only 63 minutes to advance.

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.

The Spaniard had not played a match since retiring during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro last August with knee pain.

"And in general terms, I am happy about the victory of today against, as I said before, a very hard opponent to play".

"The thing is that time happened in the village just next to me and in a village that I have a lot of family living there".

Russian Sharapova, who is a previous Australian Open victor and seeded 30th in the world, double-bageled Harriet Dart in her opening round, winning 6-0, 6-0 to set up a second round meeting with Rebecca Peterson. He was down 0-2 against Roberto Bautista-Agut, and was on the verge of being swept. When Murray was introduced, there were full-throated screams, followed by chants of his first name. He returned the favor quickly, though, to seal his spot in the second round.

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