Australian Open 2011 Tennis: Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Soderling, Murray Through First Round

The top five seeds for the 2011 Australian Open Men’s Singles tennis are all safely through the first round, with no hiccups on the opening days of the tournament.

None of the men’s top five seeds, Rafael Nadal (1), Roger Federer (2), Novak Djokovic (3), Robin Soderling (4), or Andy Murray (5), dropped a set en route to Round Two of the competition as the Melbourne hard courts saw the World’s best players for the first Grand Slam of the year.

Rafa Nadal (1) was, as ever, impressive, and did not drop even a single game against Brazilian Marcos Daniel. He was leading 6-0 5-0 when his opponent retired. Nadal will play USA hopeful Ryan Sweeting in Round Two.

Sweden’s Robin Soderling (4) came through in straight sets against Italian Potito Starace 6-4 6-2 6-2 to set up a second round match with Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Great Britain’s Andy Murray (5) was 6-3 6-1 4-2 up in his First Round match against Slovakian Karol Beck when his opponent retired. Murray will face Ukrainian Illya Marchenko in the next stage of the competition.

Serbian third seed Novak Djokovic (3) defeated Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-1 6-3 6-1 in fine style to set up a Second round meeting with Croatian Ivan Dodig, who defeated compatriot Ivo Karlovic in a five set thriller 6-4 3-6 6-7 (7-5) 6-4 6-4.

Meanwhile, at the foot of the draw, Roger Federer cruised through his First Round encounter with Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, 6-1 6-1 6-3 to set up a Second Round match with Gilles Simon of France.

Of the other seeded players, USA’s Andy Roddick (8) won in straight sets, as did Czech Tomas Berdych (6), while Spain’s David Ferrer (7) required one more to defeat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-4 6-3 1-6 6-2.

Thus far, the only seeded player to fall in the first round is Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who was defeated in straight sets by German Benjamin Becker, 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 6-4.

In This Story: Djokovic

Novak Djokovic is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

Djokovic has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, the third-most in history for a male player, five ATP Finals titles, a record 36 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 14 ATP Tour 500 titles, and has held the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings for a total of 289 weeks (second of all time). In majors, he has won a record eight Australian Open titles, five Wimbledon titles, three US Open titles, and one French Open title. By winning the 2016 French Open, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam and the third man to hold all four major titles at once, the first since Rod Laver in 1969.

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    Rafael Nadal is a Spanish professional tennis player currently ranked world No. 2 in men’s singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

    Nadal has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles, the second-most in history for a male player, as well as 35 ATP Tour Masters 1000 titles, 21 ATP Tour 500 titles and the 2008 Olympic gold medal in singles and the 2016 Olympic gold medal in doubles. In addition, Nadal has held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 209 weeks, including being the year-end No. 1 five times.

    In majors, Nadal has won a record twelve French Open titles, four US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles and one Australian Open title, and won at least one Grand Slam every year for a record ten consecutive years (2005–2014). Nadal has won 85 career titles overall, including the most outdoor titles in the Open Era (83) and a record 59 titles on clay. With 81 consecutive wins on clay, Nadal holds the record for the longest single-surface win streak in the Open Era.

    Nadal has been involved in five Davis Cup titles with Spain, and currently has a 29-win streak and 29–1 record in singles matches at the event. In 2010, at the age of 24, he became the seventh male player and the youngest of five in the Open Era to achieve the singles Career Grand Slam. Nadal is the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete the singles Career Golden Slam, as well as the second male player after Mats Wilander to have won at least two Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, hard court and clay).

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