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UPDATE 1-Tennis-Dimitrov schools Austrian Novak to reach second round

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov looked every inch the potential grand slam champion as he schooled qualifier Dennis Novak 6-3 6-2 6-1 to reach the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.

Tennis-Shapovalov dazzles on Melbourne debut

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Denis Shapovalov dazzled in pink as he claimed a debut victory over Greek newcomer Stefanos Tsitsipas in a battle of the teenagers at the Australian Open on Monday.

Tennis-Australian Open order of play on Tuesday

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Order of play on the main showcourts on the second day of the Australian Open on Tuesday (play begins at 0000 GMT, prefix number denotes seeding):

The Latest: Grigor Dimitrov advances at Australian Open

Third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second round at the Australian Open for the seventh time with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Dennis Novak        

Grigor Dimitrov through to second round of Australian Open

Third-seed Grigor Dimitrov is through to the second round of the Australian Open after a comfortable straight-sets victory over qualifier Dennis Novak.

Venus Williams beaten by Belinda Bencic in Australian Open

MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Venus Williams was the most consistent of any player on the WTA Tour last year, but she began 2018 by becoming one of the first upset victims here.

Kyle Edmund through to second round of Australia Open

MIKE DICKSON IN MELBOURNE: Handed the burden of sole male British representation at the Australian Open by Andy Murray, Kyle Edmund rose superbly to the challenge on Monday.

Tennis-Dimitrov schools Novak to reach second round at a canter

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov gave qualifier Dennis Novak a lesson in grand slam tennis to reach the second round of the Australian Open at a canter with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory on Monday.

FACTBOX-Tennis-Venus Williams v Belinda Bencic - match stats

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Key statistics from Swiss Belinda Bencic's 6-3 7-5 victory over American Venus Williams in he first round at the Australian Open on Monday (prefix denotes seeding): 5-Williams Bencic Aces 2 5 Double faults 5 4 First serve percentage 70 58 Win percentage on first serve 57 76 Win percentage on sec

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Stephens tumbles out in first round, Ostapenko impresses

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The stark contrast in form between last year's two first-time grand slam champions continued as Sloane Stephens was bundled out in the first round of the Australian Open, while Jelena Ostapenko stormed into round two on Monday.

The Latest: Isner latest American to lose at Australian Open

John Isner has continued the early American exits from the Australian Open        

The Latest: Vandeweghe is 5th American loser at Aussie Open

Coco Vandeweghe has been upset in the first round by Hungary's Timea Babos, 7-6 (4), 6-2, a year after upsetting defending champion Angelique Kerber on the way to her first Grand Slam semifinal        

Venus Williams, US champion Stephens out in 1st round

In her first match at the Australian Open since a Williams sister was guaranteed to win the title, Venus Williams lost in the first round to Belinda Bencic and ensured cannot happen in 2018        

Tennis-Bencic sends Venus crashing out of Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Belinda Bencic sent an early shockwave through the Australian Open by dumping last year's finalist Venus Williams out of the first round with an impressive 6-3 7-5 win on Monday.

Belinda Bencic upsets Venus Williams in first round at Australian Open

Venus Williams, the top-seeded American woman in the draw, fell in straight sets to Belinda Bencic on the opening day of action in Melbourne.        

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