Novak Djokovic started his hunt for a ninth Australian Open title on Monday with a convincing victory over Jeremy Chardy.

Dominic Thiem also had an easy first-round victory, while Gaël Monfils was eliminated.

Djokovic only needed an hour and 31 minutes against Chardy.

It became 6-3, 6-1 and 6-2 against French number 66 in the world, who did not force any breakpoint.

Djokovic struck Chardy's serve six times.

The 33-year-old Djokovic, who meets the American Frances Tiafoe in the second round, is going in Melbourne for his eighteenth Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal and the injured Roger Federer have the counter at twenty.

The second-seeded Nadal will only come into action on Tuesday and then will play against Laslo Djere from Serbia.

Novak Djokovic enters the Rod Laver Arena with an audience in the stands.

Novak Djokovic enters the Rod Laver Arena with an audience in the stands.

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Zverev loses a set

Dominic Thiem was too strong for Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan in three sets (7-6 (2), 6-2 and 6-3) on Monday in the first round.

The Austrian reached the final in Melbourne last year, in which he had to bow to Djokovic in five sets.

At the US Open, Thiem captured his first Grand Slam title in September.

Zverev, who lost the US Open final to Thiem, had a little more trouble in his first match in Melbourne.

The German was too strong for the American Marcos Giron with 6-7 (8), 7-6 (5), 6-3, and 6-2.

Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 winner, had no problems with Pedro Sousa in his first round match.

The 35-year-old Swiss defeated the Portuguese 6-3, 6-2 and 6-4.

35-year-old Stan Wawrinka qualified for the second round in three sets.

35-year-old Stan Wawrinka qualified for the second round in three sets.

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Monfils emotional after loss

For Monfils, the first lap did mean the end station.

The number eleven in the world lost in five sets (6-3, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3 and 3-6) to the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori, who is 98th in the ATP ranking.

Monfils suffered his seventh loss in a row and was quite emotional afterwards.

"I played with zero confidence, I was really bad," said the Frenchman, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open last year.

"This hurts a lot. I hope I will wake up from this nightmare soon, but I don't know when it will end."

Pablo Carreño Busta was too strong for Kei Nishikori in three sets: 7-5, 7-6 (4) and 6-2.

The Japanese former number four in the world played only four tournaments in 2020 due to injuries.

Diego Schwartzman, the Argentinian number nine in the world, beat the Swede Elias Ymer in four sets: 7-6 (3), 6-4, 2-6 and 6-2.

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Nyck Kyrgios won three times 6-4 against the Portuguese Frederico Ferreira Silva.

Gaël Monfils drips after his defeat against Emil Ruusuvuori.

Gaël Monfils drips after his defeat against Emil Ruusuvuori.

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Van de Zandschulp and Haase play on Tuesday

The Dutch men will only come into action in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Botic van de Zandschulp (ATP-159), debutant at a Grand Slam tournament, will face Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz on court 17.

The game starts at 1.00 am (Dutch time).

Robin Haase (ATP-197) plays the second match on court 12. He will face the Serbian Filip Krajinovic, the number 28 on the placement list.

33-year-old Haase was admitted to the scheme as a lucky loser at the last minute.

Arantxa Rus, the only Dutch woman in the main tournament, was eliminated on Monday by Roland Garros winner Iga Swiatek.

Kiki Bertens recovered from surgery and does not participate.

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