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Mónaco and Berlocq ousted in first round

Juan Mónaco shouts between points as he plays Ernests Gulbis.

Mayer advances, now faces Djokovic

Juan Mónaco and Carlos Berlocq were eliminated in their first round matches of the Australian Open while Leonardo Mayer advanced to face a tough second-round match against defending champion Novak Djokovic.

MELBOURNE, Australia — Juan Mónaco and Carlos Berlocq were eliminated yesterday while fellow Argentine Leonardo Mayer defeated Spaniard Albert Montañés in his opener at the Australian Open.

Juan Martín Del Potro, Horacio Zeballos, Federico Delbonis and Paula Ormaechea play early today.

Mayer beat Montañés 6-1 6-3 6-1 to next meet defending champion Novak Djokovic. Mónaco lost to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 1-6 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 while Berlocq was eliminated by Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (9-11) 6-2.

A rusty Djokovic began his bid for a fourth consecutive Australian Open title with a win over Lukas Lacko while Serena Williams looked as polished as ever beating Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty.

With his new coach and six-time Grand Slam singles champion Boris Becker watching him during an official match for the first time, Djokovic appeared tentative early against the Slovakian player, who often appeared content to keep the ball in play.

But as the second-seeded Djokovic’s patience level began to drop, his skill level stepped up. He stayed on course for a fifth Australian title with a 6-5 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 win, hoping to be the first man to achieve that feat since the Open Era began in 1968.

Top-ranked Williams won her 23rd consecutive match — including 18 at the end of last season and four last week in winning the Brisbane International — after beating Barty 6-2 6-1 in 57 minutes.

Serena’s sister, Venus Williams, started well earlier Monday but unforced errors in two key periods in her match sent the seven-time major winner out of the tournament.

Also advance third-ranked David Ferrer, No. 7 Tomas Berdych, No. 9 Richard Gasquet, No. 14 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 17 Tommy Robredo, No. 19 Kevin Anderson, No. 23 Ernests Gulbis, No. 29 Jeremy Chardy, No. 32 Ivan Dodig and Sam Querrey of the US.

AP

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