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18 January 2018, 01:56 | Rose Hansen
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The man himself was cautious about his fitness on the eve of the tournament and wore a compression sleeve but there were no signs of rust as he eased to a 6-1 6-2 6-4 victory over American Young.
"A month ago, I didn't know if I was going to come to Australia or not because the elbow was still not prepared for this level of competition", said Djokovic on BBC, UK. There were a lot of firsts again for me - playing the first tournament, first grand slam, and just different feelings and what it would be routinely.
The 30-year-old Russian will play the second match on Margaret Court Arena against Germany's Tatjana Maria in the first round, in what will be her first match in Melbourne for two years.
"You would think maybe on paper it would have been a little bit closer because Donald Young is a solid player, but maybe Djokovic was too just good".
Djokovic has remodelled his service action with the help of coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek, shortening the back swing in a bid to protect the elbow, and it held up very well.
Sharapova was relentless in attacking Sevastova's second serve. "It's been a couple of years and I wanted it to be really meaningful to me". The first serve was kind of up and down.
Sharapova, back in the top 50 after a 15-month ban for taking the performance-enhancing substance meldonium in Australia in 2016, demonstrated all the shot-making that made her a 5-time major victor.
"All in all, I'm quite pleased". I had only one match leading up to this tournament in [the exhibition tournament at] Kooyong. It wasn't ideal, but it was still good. I didn't see much of Novak (on Tuesday) but the result shows he was breezing.
"I think I have learned that from a very young age, and I have come to understand it and appreciate it".
Djokovic faces Gael Monfils in the second round on Thursday and Federer suspects the classy Frenchman will pose a huge threat to the six-time champion.
Djokovic wasn't the only former champion making a comeback.
Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova stormed past Brazil's Beatriz Haddad Maia, winning 6-1 6-1 in 44 minutes, and next will play fellow Czech Lucie Safarova, who beat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-4. 'So great to be back on the tennis court. It's great to win, for sure.
"It will be another tough match", said Kerber.
She said: "I felt like I got a lot of things out of the way physically and emotionally and mentally previous year".
Swiss star Roger Federer, seeded second, is also through following a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Aljaž Bedene, who has recently reverted back to Slovenian nationality after competing for Britain.
Men's 22nd seed Milos Raonic continues his wait for a Grand Slam title after losing in the first round to Lukas Lacko of Slovakia, 6-7 (5) 7-5 6-4 7-6 (5).
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The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour . Forecast changes are likely in the days ahead as we draw nearer to the event, so check back with weather.com for updates.