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Ten remaining qualifying spots were up for grabs on Saturday at the Australian Open and Dennis Novak wasted no time securing his place in the main draw. The top-seeded Austrian battled past Japanese Hiroki Moriya 7-6(5), 6-2 for his second main draw appearance in Melbourne.Mohamed Safwat became the first Egyptian player in 24 years to qualify for a Grand Slam by defeating sixth-seeded Russian Evgeny Donskoy 7-5, 6-4. Four players also enjoyed the milestone moment of reaching their first Grand Slam main draw: Colombian Daniel Elahi Galan, Dutch Tallon Griekspoor, Chilean Alejandro Tabilo and Spaniard Mario Vilella Martinez.Three players received lucky loser spots into the main draw due to withdrawals: Slovakian Jozef Kovalik, Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Indian Prajnesh Gunneswaran. Kovalik and Gunneswaran lost their final-round qualifying matches on Friday.The 16 qualifiers and three lucky losers were all placed into the main draw on Saturday.Qualifier & Lucky Loser Placements(Q) Mario Vilella Martinez (ESP) v. (16) Karen Khachanov (RUS)(Q) Ernests Gulbis (LAT) v. (20) Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)(Q) Tallon Griekspoor (NED) v. (29) Taylor Fritz (USA)(Q) Christopher Eubanks (USA) v. (Q) Peter Gojowczyk (GER)(Q) Alejandro Tabilo (CHI) v. (Q)Daniel Elahi Galan (COL)(Q) Ilya Ivashka (BLR) v. Kevin Anderson (RSA)(Q) Pedro Martinez (ESP) v. Dominik Koepfer (GER)(Q) Elliot Benchetrit (FRA) v. Yuichi Sugita (JPN)(Q) Marco Trungelliti (ARG) v. Tennys Sandgren (USA)(Q) Mohamed Safwat (EGY) v. Gregoire Barrere (FRA)(Q) Max Purcell (AUS) v. Jannik Sinner (ITA)(Q) Dennis Novak (AUT) v. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)(Q) Quentin Halys (FRA) v. Filip Krajinovic (SRB)(Q) Norbert Gombos (SVK) v. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)(LL) Jozef Kovalik (SVK) v. (27) Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)(LL) Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) v. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)(LL) Prajnesh Gunneswaran (IND) v. Tatsuma Ito (JPN)
Tennis - Aljaz Bedene, Alexander Bublik, Corentin Moutet and Jeremy Chardy are in the second round as well
Alexander Bublik marked his Qatar ExxonMobil Open debut with a notable victory on Monday, defeating seventh seed Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round.The 22-year-old landed 10 aces and broke Mannarino on three occasions at the 2019 ATP 250 Tournament of the Year. Bublik enters the 2020 ATP Tour season after a breakout campaign last year, highlighted by runner-up finishes at the Hall of Fame Open and the Chengdu Open.[WATCH LIVE 4]The Kazakh will face Aljaz Bedene for a spot in the quarter-finals, following the Slovenian’s 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback win against 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier Mikael Ymer.Fernando Verdasco needed 89 minutes to book his place in the second round, battling past fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-3. The 2017 semi-finalist will meet sixth seed Filip Krajinovic or Kyle Edmund in the second round.“I'm happy with the way that I played,” said Verdasco. “I still think that I can play a little bit better… But in general, I'm happy with the way that I played the whole match.”Corentin Moutet also started his 2020 ATP Tour season with a win, saving each of the seven break points he faced to move past Tennys Sandgren 7-6(3), 6-4. Moutet advances to a second-round clash against fourth seed Milos Raonic.
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American Steve Johnson faced a tough task on Monday, competing against 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the first round of the Australian Open. After his 3-6, 2-6, 2-6 loss, the World No. 75 explained what is difficult about playing the Swiss superstar.“He’s earned the respect of almost all of his competitors knowing that when he gets a lead, he kind of brings the margins in just even a bit more and more and more and kind of suffocates the court,” Johnson said. “A lot of points are won and lost on his terms. When he’s playing well, he’s playing well.”[ATP APP]Johnson carried momentum into their third ATP Head2Head meeting (Federer now leads 3-0) after winning an ATP Challenger Tour event in Bendigo last week. This was Federer’s first match of the season. But the 38-year-old showed little rust, striking 34 winners to only 20 unforced errors.“It’s definitely not the draw I was hoping for, but when you’re not seeded you’re at the mercy of the draw and [I was] unfortunate to play him first round. Thought maybe I could come out and try to catch him when he hadn’t played many matches… but [he] came out and he was clicking pretty well,” Johnson said. “I thought he played extremely well early in all three sets and any chance he gets to get ahead, it’s going to be tough to play from behind.”[LISTEN AO]Federer broke Johnson in the American’s first service game of each set, which made it even more difficult for Johnson to try to sink his teeth into the match. “I think some of it is mentality and some of it is just being there,” Johnson said of what makes Federer a strong frontrunner . “He’s won a thousand matches, he’s won more than that. But he’s won a lot of matches and he knows what it takes.”
Tennis - Janko is grateful for the life lesson taught by Rafael Nadal