We have four husbands before us, with Matteo Perettini and Fabio Funini making no mistake in making the debut, two are left out, and three daughters out. More lights than shadows for Italy on the second day of the Australian Open tennis championship, which is held in Melbourne, and Rafael Nadal, who eliminated Serbian Laszlo Djeri in three sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-1, explaining that he overcame the back pain that made him Feel anxious for the past few days. To complement Melbourne’s blue poker lead with Berrettini and Fognini, there are Lorenzo Sonego and Salvatore Caruso. Marco Chicinato and Andreas Seppi didn’t make it instead. Nor are Martina Trevisan, Jasmine Paulini and little Elisabetta Cocciaretto among the girls.
After an extremely tired Jannik Sinner eliminated from the strength tour of the Australian Championship Pre-Championships and winner of ATP 250, the first Azzurri to hit the field on the Italian night was Lorenzo Sonego who beat American Sam Query (7-5, 6- 6) 4, 6-4). Immediately after it was the turn of Salvatore Caruso, in his first victory in Australia: the Sicilians (No. 78 in the world) beat Swiss Henri Laksonen (No. 179) in 6-2, 6-4, 6-3. Then the knockout from Chikinato and Sibi: the first was defeated by 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at the hands of American MacKenzie MacDonald. South Tyrol was eliminated by Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas in four groups, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Big blues ensured a smile on the Italian home, and Funini and Perettini didn’t disappoint the expectations. The Ligurian champions (No. 17 in the world rankings) beat Frenchman Pierre-Hugh Herbert (No. 84) 6-4 6-2 6-3 and in the next round, the derby is already waiting for the challenge with Caruso. Him: So there will be at least one Italian in the third round. While Berettini eliminated South African Kevin Anderson (7-6 7-5 6-3), the 34-year-old slipped from Johannesburg to 81st in the standings but in the top ten just a year and a half before he was injured. In the second turn of n. 10 of the world there will be the Czech Tomas Machac (No. 199). “For a long time he did not show me the ball – Berettini jokingly – I don’t know how many balls he made for me … I don’t know my next opponent very much, but we will study with my coach how he plays and how he deals with him.”
Three out of five women have already walked out: Trevisan surrenders to Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova (6-3, 6-4). Paulini is a pity to find the Czech Karolina Pliskova, N. 6 in the world and among the candidates in the tournament that froze it 6-0, 6-2; Finally, the 20-year-old Cocciaretto from Marche, was defeated in German comeback Mona Barthel (3-6, 6-4, 6-4). A positive day for the top ranked players on the field, from Stefano Tsitsipas to Daniel Medvedev to Andrei Rublev, they all beat their rivals. Also in the second round, Australian Queen Ashley Barty, as well as Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Coco Jove, also feature.