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Aussie Open day one photos

Tennis fans arrive at Melbourne Park for the start of the Australian Open

Tennis fans stream into Melbourne Park amid soaring temperatures as the 2009 Australian Open gets under way

Fans queue outside Melbourne Park

The Melbourne skyline provides a stunning backdrop for the season's first Grand Slam event

Ana Ivanovic

Fifth seed Ana Ivanovic struggles with her serve against Germany's Julia Goerges but eventually rallies to come through 7-5 6-3

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick lays down his marker with an impressive 6-0 6-2 6-2 victory over Bjorn Rehnquist to set up a meeting with Xavier Malisse

A Tomas Berdych supporter

The Tomas Berdych fan club is out in force and they see the Czech, seeded 20, beat Robby Ginepri in straight sets

Vera Zvonereva

Vera Zvonereva takes a tumble but it fails to stop the seventh seed seeing off Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 (7-2) 6-0

Mel South

Mel South is the first of four British women to compete in the first round but she loses 6-2 6-4 to Marion Bartoli

Katie O'Brien

And there's more disappointment for Great Britain as Katie O'Brien is beaten in straight sets by Monica Niculescu

Marcos Baghdatis

Marcos Baghdatis sports a new haircut but that does little to cool down the 2006 runner-up during his win against Julien Benneteau

Jelena Jankovic

World number one and top seed Jelena Jankovic makes light work of Yvonne Meusburger, sauntering to a 6-1 6-3 victory

David Ferrer

Not for the first time in recent years, David Ferrer is taken to five sets but the number 11 seed prevails against Denis Gremelmayr

Andy Murray

British number one Andy Murray prepares for his first round match against Andrei Pavel, which is first on Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday

Juan Martin Del Potro

Much is expected of Juan Martin del Potro in 2009 and he reaches round two with a 6-3 6-4 6-2 win against Mischa Zverev

Bernard Tomic

The Margaret Court Arena crowd goes wild as 16-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic beats Potito Starace in four sets

Jelena Dokic

There is more good news for the hosts as Jelena Dokic enjoys an emotional win over Tamira Paszek

Novak Djokovic

Reigning champion Novak Djokovic does not find his best form but gets his title defence under way by beating Andrea Stoppini

Anne Keothavong

Anne Keothavong is the third British woman to go out on day one as she loses 6-1 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 to Anna Chakvetadze

Nineteenth seed Daniela Hantuchova

Nineteenth seed Daniela Hantuchova gets off to a solid start with a 7-6 (11-9) 6-4 defeat of Casey Dellacqua of Australia

Marat Safin

Former champion Marat Safin beats Ivan Navarro 6-3 6-3 6-4 before promising to "enjoy" his tennis from now on

Andreas Seppi

Italian Andreas Seppi goes for the spectacular as he takes on world number two and three-time Aussie Open champion Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Federer is hardly in peak form but still posts a straight-sets win in the day's final match



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see also
Order of play
18 Jan 09 |  Tennis
Men's singles draw
26 Aug 11 |  Tennis
Women's singles draw
28 Jan 10 |  Tennis
Federer and Djokovic win through
19 Jan 09 |  Tennis
British trio beaten in Melbourne
19 Jan 09 |  Tennis
Jankovic & Ivanovic make progress
19 Jan 09 |  Tennis
Murray ready for Aussie campaign
19 Jan 09 |  Tennis
Tennis on the BBC
07 Jan 09 |  Tennis


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