World number one and defending champion, Novak Djokovic started his tournament right after a stunning victory over Jeremy Chardy in a game of 3 sets (6-3 6-1 6-2). Djokovic hopes to win this tournament for a record ninth time and improve his record to 18 grand slams.
Dominic Thiem, who was beaten by Djokovic at last year’s finals, also won his first round, beating Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 6-3. Denis Shapovalov emerged victorious in a game that spanned nearly four hours to beat Jannik Sinner 3-6 6-3 6-2 4-6 6-4. Stan Wawrinka did not take too long to defeat Pedro Sousa 6-3 6-2 6-4. Alexander Zverev fought long and hard to defeat Marcos Giron 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2. Gael Monfils broke down after his loss on Monday, saying, “I lost, I have zero confidence, I played badly.”
On the women’s side, former world number one, Serena Williams put up a stunning performance to defeat German Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1, dubbing herself “vintage Serena”. Current US Open champion also smiled after her first-round victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2. Iga Swiatek enjoyed her first round as well as she defeated Arantxa Rus 6-1 6-3.
Simona Halep needed less than an hour to defeat Lizette Cabrera 6-2 6-1. Petra Kvitova joined the first-day winners after she defeated Greet Minnen 6-3 6-4. Bianca Andreescu made her return after being away for more than a year by beating Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2 4-6 6-3. Angelique Kerber suffered defeat on her first day in the hands of Bernarda Pera 6-0 6-4. Kerber was one of the 72 people who had to stay put in their hotel rooms 14 days without the option to train and that may have affected her performance.