Australian Open

‘Hello everybody; it’s great to be back,” said Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after his first-round victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu. Enlarge photo

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‘Hello everybody; it’s great to be back,” said Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after his first-round victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

MELBOURNE, Australia

A look at the first day of the Australian Open tennis championships on Monday:

WEATHER: Sunny, breezy with a high temperature of 82 degrees.

ATTENDANCE: Day session: 44,927.

WINNERS: Men’s singles: No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 5 Tomas Berdych, No. 10 Nicolas Almagro, No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka, No. 16 Kei Nishikori, No. 22 Fernando Verdasco, No. 26 Jurgen Melzer, No. 32 Julien Benneteau.

Women’s singles: No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 6 Li Na, No. 9 Sam Stosur, No. 11 Marion Bartoli, No. 15 Dominika Cibulkova, No. 18 Julia Gorges, No. 19 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 22 Jelena Jankovic, No. 23 Klara Zakopalova, No. 25 Venus Williams, No. 27 Sorana Cirstea, No. 30 Tamira Paszek.

LOSERS: Men’s singles: No. 11 Juan Monaco.

STAT OF THE DAY: 15 – number of consecutive matches won by Djokovic at Melbourne Park; his last loss here being in the 2010 quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Hello everybody; it’s great to be back” – Djokovic greets crowd at Rod Laver Arena after his win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

On Court Today: Men’s singles – No. 2 Roger Federer vs. Benoit Paire, No. 3 Andy Murray vs. Robin Haase; women’s singles – No. 1 and defending champion Victoria Azarenka vs. Monica Niculescu, No. 3 Serena Williams vs. Edina Gallovits-Hall.

Associated Press