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Previously, when she opted for the catsuit last summer, she said, "I feel like a warrior in it, like a warrior princess, a queen from Wakanda maybe".

A first career meeting with 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov is next for Djokovic, the 25th seed was too strong for Taro Daniel winning 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

"Certainly you could feel tension on the court from the beginning".

Four months after Serena Williams lost in a controversial US Open final, her coach believes she has put that disappointment behind her and is better equipped to cope with hard situations, should they arise.

"I lost to him... in Rod Laver I think back in 2010", six-times Australian Open champion Djokovic added.

United States' Serena Williams reacts after hitting a backhand return during her first round match against Germany's Tatjana Maria at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 15.

"With "Sascha" holding the World Tour Finals, I think it's fair to say that even though he has not ripped through those (Grand) Slams yet, he will go deep this year definitely at one of them," he said.

The former US Open champion, who will next play either Spanish 26th seed Fernando Verdasco or Radu Albot of Moldova, said the knee was still not 100 percent. Djokovic eliminated Mitchell Krueger of the USA 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, while Halep trailed by a set and a break before coming back to beat Kaia Kanepi 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-2 and avoid becoming the first top-seeded woman in 40 years to lose her opening match at the Australian Open.

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US Open champion and fourth seed Naomi Osaka had it relatively easy, sweeping past Slovenia's Tamara Zidansek 6-2, 6-4 with the roof closed on Margaret Court Arena due to the rain.

Jamie Murray believes the on-court tributes to his brother Andy following his Australian Open exit were "a little bit odd" as he aims to continue playing.

In contrast, Asia's top-ranked men's player Nishikori needed an energy-sapping 3hr 48min to get past big-serving Croat Karlovic 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 5-7, 5-7, 7-6 (10/7) in humid conditions.

The Swiss, unseeded for the first time since his debut in 2006, fell 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (7).

The 23 times Grand Slam victor was spotted in a turquoise romper while playing at the Australian Open.

Men staying in the hunt included 11th seed Borna Coric of Croatia and Spain's 23rd seed Pablo Carreno-Busta.

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