LIVE: Kokkinakis wins epic, Kyrgios fighting

Written By komlim puldel on Senin, 19 Januari 2015 | 20.01

Marinko Matosevic has finally broken his duck at Melbourne Park, beating Alexander Kudryavtsev in five sets.

Jarmila Gajdosova is through to the second round of the Australian Open for the first time, beating Alexandra Dulgheru in two sets.

The Australian Open is underway at Melbourne Park. Arguably the most eagerly anticipated match is tonight where Nick Kyrgios opens his campaign against Federico Del Bonis. Our tennis expert Wally Masur expects few problems for the teen.

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AUSSIE young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis has pulled off a stunning upset to send 11th seed Ernest Gulbis packing.

Kokkinakis held his nerve in an intense five-set epic staving off four match points - before prevailing 5-7, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6, 8-6.

It was a stunning performance as Kokkinakis served his way out of trouble on several occasions in the fourth and fifth sets.

Across Melbourne Park, fellow Aussie talent Nick Kyrgios is doing battle with Argentine Federico Delbonis holding a two sets to one lead.

Earlier, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova have cruised into the second round of the Australian Open with straight set wins on Rod Laver Arena.

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Federer eased past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 before Sharapova took to the court where she brushed past qualifer Petra Martic 6-4, 6-1.

Eugenie Bouchard also got her Australian Open off to a solid start, battling past Germany's Anna-Lena Friedsam in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.

On Hisense Arena Bernard Tomic won through to the second round of the Australian Open after a hard-fought four-set win over Germany's Tobias Kamke.

Tomic joins fellow Aussies Marinko Matosevic and James Duckworth in the next round after the pair had earlier won five-setters on Day 1.

Sam Groth was the fourth Australian man to progress to the second round when he overcame Filip Krajinovic in straight sets 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

Tomic was broken early but fought back to win the first set before losing the second; however, he settled after that to win 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Duckworth eventually prevailed over Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic after a slog on Court 6, 2-6, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3, 2-6, in three hours, 45 mins.

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Matosevic also had to grind out a five-set win, coming back from two sets to one down to defeat Russian qualifier Alexander Kudryavtsev 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-5 6-3 on Court 3 in 3h 28mins.

Meanwhile, Ana Ivanovic became the first high-profile casualty of this year's tournament, losing to qualifier Lucie Hradecka 1-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Fan favourite and seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard avoided a similar fate as she won 6-2, 6-4 over Anna-Lena Friedsam, in a match that was tougher than the scoreline would suggest.

Earlier, Jarmila Gajdosova broke her Melbourne Park hoodoo, finally winning an Australian Open match at the 10th attempt.

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The Aussie beat Romania's Alexandra Dulgheru 6-3 6-4 at Margaret Court Arena to become the first Australian to secure a spot in the second round.

Storm Sanders failed to progress, however, beaten 7-5 6-4 by Czech Klara Koukalova, while Jordan Thompson also fell at the first hurdle, losing in straight sets to Portugal's Joao Sousa.

John Millman was eliminated by Argentinian No.26 seed Leonardo Mater in straight sets, 3-6 3-6 2-6, while Luke Saville was also beaten in straight sets by American Tim Smyczek, 6-7 (2) 5-7 4-6.

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