|Posted on January 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM|
The first Grand Slam of the year kicks off on Monday with some of tennis' biggest names in action.
Roger Federer will begin his defence of the only Grand Slam under his belt against Lukas Lacko in the Rod Laver Arena.
2008 champion Novak Djokovic is in action too, along with the likes of Andy Roddick, Gael Monfils and 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.
Order of Play - Monday, January 17, 2011
Show Court 2 - Match Start 11:00 AM
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Lukasz Kubot (POL) vs Sam Querrey (USA) 
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Na Li (CHN)  vs Sofia Arvidsson (SWE)
Men's Singles - 1st Round
Tomas Berdych(CZE)  vs Qual. Marco Crugnola (ITA)
Women's Singles - 1st Round
Qualifier vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 
They have never played against each other before
Berdych breezes through opener
Monday, 17 January, 2011 | By Vanessa Skendaris
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych started his Australian Open campaign with a comfortable 6-4 6-0 6-2 win over Italian qualifier Marco Crugnola on Monday afternoon in front of a packed Show Court 2 crowd.
The 2010 Wimbledon finalist was tested early by Crugnola who applied immense pressure on the Berdych serve in the opening set. Berdych, who entered the top 10 for the first time in his career last year, was the first to make a move securing the first break of the set with a forehand volley winner to take a 4-2 lead.
But Crugnola immediately broke back, setting up three break point opportunities and earning the break with a forehand winner down the line. The 237th-ranked Italian, who is making his Australian Open main draw debut, started to play more aggressively and levelled the set 4-4 with a solid service game.
Berdych, a semifinalist in Chennai earlier this month, quickly replied and began to dominate the baseline rallies. Crugnola gifted the world No.6 the set when he miss-hit a forehand wide after 38 minutes.
The second set was a different encounter as Berdych turned up the heat, broke early and was handed a double break when Crugnola served his fourth double fault for the match storming to a 4-0 lead. In the following game, the towering Czech fired an unreturnable serve past Crugnola en route to clinching the second set in 28 minutes after the Italian hit a backhand wide.
Berdych wasted no time in the third set and proved too strong for the 27-year-old Italian, snatching another double break as he cruised to victory in 94 minutes.
The 25-year-old Czech will now meet 35th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber in the next round. Berdych leads their head-to head count 4-1.
Match Facts- Berdych won 88% of points on his first serve
Berdych Makes Smooth Progress
by ATP Staff | 17.01.2011
World No. 6 Tomas Berdych made an impressive start to his Australian Open campaign, cruising past Italian Marco Crugnola 6-4, 6-0, 6-2 in one hour and 39 minutes on Monday. The Czech, who reached the fourth round in Melbourne from 2007-2009, committed less than half the unforced errors of his opponent and broke serve seven times from 11 opportunities.
"Starting like that, it's always a pretty good start, not to make it quite complicated, just focus since the first points until the last one," said Berdych.
The 25-year-old Berdych opened his 2011 ATP World Tour season two weeks ago with a semi-final showing (l. to Wawrinka) at the Aircel Chennai Open. The Czech player made his breakthrough at the Grand Slams last year, advancing to the semi-finals at Roland Garros (l. to Soderling) and reaching his first major final at Wimbledon, where he defeated Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic back-to-back before finishing runner-up to Rafael Nadal.
Berdych next will face Philipp Kohlschreiber who came back from the brink to edge 2010 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year Tobias Kamke 1-6, 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4, 6-4 in an all-German clash.
INTERVIEWTomas Berdych def. Marco Crugnola 6-4, 6-0, 6-2
Q. The match for you must have been a nice way to get into the tournament, fairly comfortable?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Yeah, of course. I mean, starting like that, it's always a pretty good start, you know, not to make it quite complicated, just go, you know, like focus since the first points until the last one.
The match could be long, could turn over in any moment of the match, so just really try to go, you know, point by point and making more and more pressure to the opponent and just try to go through as I did today.
Q. A nice, short match like that, you must be feeling good afterwards.
TOMAS BERDYCH: Of course. Every time that you can save some small amount of energy and keep it for the next one, it's always good.
But the other way, if you have to stay on court three, four hours more to make the game win, just how it is. But this is much better option.
Q. How important was the crowd?
TOMAS BERDYCH: Well, it's nice, you know. I think it's just part of the Melbourne tournament that, you know, kind of these groups from all the countries, you know, just the fans coming to support their player and just having fun, you know, screaming some funny things and enjoying and having fun from the tennis.
I think I like it. It's great that I can have the support like this, especially that far away from Czech. Just enjoying that.
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Berdych Makes Fast Start
Berdych wins easily in Aussie opener
Czech tennis player and sixth seed Tomás Berdych got off to a winning start at the Australian Open on Monday, defeating unseeded Italian opponent Marco Crugnola in straight sets. All the same, the 25-year-old Czech had a bit of a weaker start, allowing his opponent to fight back to 4:4 in the first set, before winning 14 of the next 16 games. The final score was 6:4, 6:0, 6:2.
After the match, here is what he had to say:
"I was maybe overly careful at the beginning of the match, it probably wasn't the best of starts. On the other hand, I don't think it's necessary to pull out all the stops from the very beginning. All in all, I think it was a solid start to the tournament."
Berdych faces a second unseeded player, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, next.
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