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Australian Open – Matches To Follow (Day 1)

The first Grand Slam of the season starts shortly and not only are the expectation and anticipation at very high levels, there are also a huge amount of matches to follow, on both men’s and women’s sides, and an all-nighter is pretty much in the works for many tennis fans, as a lot of the matches to watch or follow take place at various times of the evening and/or night.


Until the quarter-finals, I will try to give you a list of those matches to follow, focussing mainly on the men’s side, but sometimes on the women’s as well.


Today, there really are many interesting match-ups, from the first ball toss to the night session. From the first matches onwards, I will follow closely or watch:


  • Adrian Mannarino vs Juan Martín del Potro (11) (first on HiSense Arena)
  • Lukasz Kubot vs Nicolás Almagro (10) (first on Court 6)
  • Paula Ormaechea vs Simona Halep (first on Court 13)
  • Bernard Tomic vs Fernando Verdasco (22) (second on Rod Laver Arena)
  • Stanislas Wawrinka (21) vs Benoit Paire (second on Show Court 2)


Paula Ormaechea qualified at her first Grand Slam appearance and became, at 19, the first Argentine woman to enter a Grand Slam main draw through the qualifications (Photo: BA Tennis)


  • Mardy Fish (8) vs Gilles Muller (second on Show Court 3)
  • Philipp Kohlschreiber vs Juan Mónaco (second on Court 6)
  • Jürgen Melzer (31) vs Ivo Karlovic (second on Court 18)
  • Kim Clijsters (11) vs Maria Joao Koehler (third on Rod Laver Arena)
  • Marcos Baghdatis vs Benjamin Becker (third on Show Court 2)


Marcos Baghdatis had a very strong start to the season, reaching the quarter-finals in Brisbane and the semi-finals in Sydney (Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)


  • Tommy Haas vs Denis Kudla (third on Court 7)
  • Jérémy Chardy vs Grigor Dimitrov (third on Court 8)
  • Alex Kuznetsov vs Rafael Nadal (2) (fourth on HiSense Arena)
  • Laura Robson vs Jelena Jankovic (13) (fourth on MCA)
  • Ashleigh Barty vs Anna Tatishvili (fourth on Show Court 2)
  • Alexander Kudryavstev vs Roger Federer (3) (first night match on Rod Laver Arena)
  • Jarkko Nieminen vs David Nalbandian (night match on HiSense Arena)


Jarkko Nieminen won in Sydney his second career title (Photo: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)


All the matches from the day session start at 7PM ET and the night session matches start at 3AM ET. You can see the full schedule here and the TV courts are Rod Laver Arena, HiSense Arena, MCA, and Courts 2, 3, 6, and 8.


Have a great Australian Open!

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