U.S. Open

6-time champs Djokovic, Williams post Australian Open wins

The record will show that six-time Australian Open champions Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic each had straight-set wins.

It may seem straight-forward, but it was not routine. Newly-engaged Williams, aiming for an Open-era record 23rd major title, and Djokovic, bidding to become the first man to win seven Australian titles, confronted former top-10 players in the first round at Melbourne Park.

And so there was no chance for the No. 2-ranked players, in the recently unaccustomed position at the foot of the draw, to feel their way into the season's first major.

Djokovic faced Fernando Verdasco, who beat Rafael Nadal in the first round last year and who had five...

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