Djokovic Dismisses Talk Of Boycott Over Prize Money

Federer says the likes of six-times champion Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, both returning after lengthy injury breaks, could benefit from the same mindset he arrived with in Melbourne past year, when he was just back from a six-month hiatus.

"As far as the players" union goes, I think it would be good to have because in a sense the only people that represent us are also representing the tournaments, ' he said. "It's been a while".

'The first match after six months you don't know how you are going to start. Some things are coming a little slower than I wanted.

Djokovic's modified service motion cost him no velocity and little of its former effectiveness in a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory over American lefty Donald Young.

There were even greater doubts over Stan Wawrinka, who has also been sidelined since Wimbledon following knee surgery and only decided on Saturday that he would play in the tournament.

With the temperatures heating up, he was pushed to four sets by Ricardas Berankis before prevailing 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) in a tough workout he said was "proud" to come through.

The issue is sure to cause division, with defending Australian Open champion Roger Federer - the sport's biggest star - said to be in favour of the status quo, comfortable players are receiving enough.

Venus Williams is seeded fifth and plays in the second match scheduled on center court to get her 77th major under way with a challenging opener against Belinda Bencic. However, the 2014 Australian Open champion fought back in typically determined fashion.

Meanwhile, there were several upsets as Milos Raonic and Roberto Bautista Agut were knocked out by Lukas Lacko and Fernando Verdasco, respectively; in the women's draw, Andrea Petkovic beat Petra Kvitova 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in a three-hour epic.

Ahead of the second day of action at the Australian Open on Tuesday, the first grand slam of the 2018 tennis season, here are some of the main matches to watch out for. "That's what happened for me a year ago - all ended up way better than I thought it would, as you know". "Obviously you're talking about union, you're talking about boycott, you're talking about radical decisions to we can get financial compensations the way we deserve it".

"I still have some pain. I need to be really patient". It depends the way I'm moving, how I push on it.

Andy Roddick, the former Slam victor and advocate for more equable distribution of prize money in the game, referenced the players' involvement in the ATP - who also act for tournament directors - when he tweeted about a new players' union: "It's been a good idea for a long time".

The 20-year-old German started brightly against Fabbiano, who made it a contest in the second set before succumbing 6-1, 7-6, 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.

Although some put a "greedy" spin on his initiative, the motivation behind it seems to be more about advocacy for the lower ranked players, many of whom can barely afford to cover their travel expenses, even if they make around $300,000.



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