Zverev cruises through to second round, Karatsev wins epic
In an all-German clash on Rod Laver Arena, it was the third seed who progressed
Alexander Zverev rounded off the action on Rod Laver Arena on the first day of the 2022 Australian Open, beating his compatriot Daniel Altmaier in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-1, 7-6(1).
Altmaier had been a break up in the third set but could not maintain it, despite valiantly saving four match points and forcing a tiebreak.
Aslan Karatsev was the last seed still playing on Day 1, but he eventually beat Jaime Munar on the Show Court Arena, 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5 in a match that lasted four hours and 52 minutes. The Russian has plenty to improve on as he racked up 107 unforced errors on the way to victory.
- Seeds who lost on Monday at the Australian Open (1st round): Norrie (12), Harris (30)
- Seeds who won on Monday at the Australian Open (1st round): Zverev (3), Nadal (6), Berrettini (7), Hurkacz (10), Shapovalov (14), Garin (16), Monfils (17), Karatsev(18), Carreño Busta (19), Opelka (23), Sonego (25), Khachanov (28), Alcaraz (31)