Maria Sharapova safely through after win over Maria Tatjana

The 2008 Melbourne Park champion, now ranked 48, battled past Germany's Tatjana Maria 6-1, 6-4 and will next play 14th seed Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia who overcame American Varvara Lepchenko 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

A more focussed Sharapova stuck to her game plan and was able to prevail 7-4 in the breaker to capture the match 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Alexander Zverev began his campaign with a match on the Rod Laver Arena against Italy's Thomas Fabbiano, winning 6-1, 7-6, 7-5.

Federer was untroubled, returning to the scene of his remarkable comeback win past year for the first time.

Federer, who next faces German Jan-Lennard Struff, said: "I was thinking back a lot about what happened a year ago so walking out here again is an fantastic feeling and hopefully I can keep that going for a little bit longer".

His trickiest adversary might have been a cringe-worthy post-match engagement with actor Will Ferrell.

'It feels so great to be back here, ' he said on court.

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The 2016 Australian Open victor beat fellow German Friedsam 6-0, 6-4 to win her tenth match in a row this season.

Kristina Mladenovic and Petra Kvitova were the surprise early exits in the women's singles while Canadian Milos Raonic, seeded 23rd, was the biggest upset loser on the men's side.

Other winners were Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, David Goffin and Sam Querrey who blasted Feliciano Lopez.

The Swiss, though, prevailed in a tough 4 set win over Recardis Berankis 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6.

The Romanian top seed was nearly blown off the court by the big-hitting 17-year-old Melbourne player in the opening stanza, forced to save two set points at 2-5 and come from 1-3 down to rescue the tie-break.

Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta was more exposed to the heat on an outside court, and lost to USA lucky loser Bernarda Pera 6-4, 7-5. "We played in Wimbledon", said the German former world number one.

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Former No. 1-ranked Karolina Pliskova opened with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Veronica Cepede Royg, No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Carina Witthoft 7-5, 6-3 and No. 29 Lucie Safarova defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 7-5, 6-3. Monfils comes in as the world No. 39.

Bernarda Pera, a Croatian-born American who lives in New Jersey, beat Anna Blinkova of Russian Federation 6-2, 6-2 for her first win at a Grand Slam.

One wrote: "Had to look twice to make sure Maria Sharapova wasn't playing herself".

Six-time Australian Open champion Djokovic beat American Young to reach the second round for a 12th consecutive year.

"With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts".

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard ended a six-match losing run on the tour by beating France's Oceane Dodin 6-3 7-6 (5).

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