Ruben Bemelmans Sunday in Melbourne, on his thirtieth birthday, the young South Korean Duckhee Lee (ATP 195) reports. He conquered a place on the main table of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, but received no gifts. He takes on the 23-year-old Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 18), the eighteenth seed. Also, David Goffin knows his opponent.
Bemelmans (ATP 119) defeated his opponent from nineteen years in two sets: two times 6-4, in 1 hour and 20 minutes. The Genkenaar, which thirteenth seed was during the qualifications, the place so for the third time in his career for the Australian Open. Also in 2013 and 2015, he had to first have the qualifications to get through.
On the main table comes Bemelmans Lucas Pouille (ATP 18). It is their fourth mutual duel. Pouille beat Bemelmans last summer in the first round of the US Open (6-3, 6-4, 6-4) and in 2016 in the qualifiers of the tournament in Dubai (6-2, 6-3). In 2013, was Bemelmans the best in the second qualifying round of the Australian Open (6-4, 6-1).
“I’m in the clouds”, responded a happy Bemelmans. “It was today, no easy circumstances, for there was a lot of wind. It was not easy to be nice to play tennis but I have a solid match delivered. I have the positive line of the previous days continued. I knew I against him to vary and I’m good with the circumstances dealt. Your seats for a grand slam is always special, and now even more because it’s my 30th birthday. That is super!”
“I had better tickets with Pouille, but it is now,” says Bemelmans. “He is not a top ten but he is still strong. Each match must be played and I’m going to give everything because I want to go to the second round.”
David Goffin against 30-year-old German
David Goffin (ATP 7) in his first match against the German Matthias Bachinger (ATP 184). The 30-year-old Bachinger qualified through the qualifications for the master table in Melbourne. He never played previously against the 27-year-old Goffin, the seventh seed in Australia.
“Against a qualifier play is always dangerous,” says Goffin. “You never know how he compared to you will. He can trust but he may also be tired, especially since the qualifications here by rain to Sunday, have lasted. Something like that can be a lot of energy costs.”
With a win, hits Goffin in principle, a Frenchman, Julien Benneteau (ATP 58). Then wait, in theory, successively, the Italian Fabio Fognini (ATP 27), the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro (ATP 12) in the quarterfinals of the title holder Roger Federer (ATP 2).
“There are no easy draws more”, assures Goffin. “There are so many good players around. A semi-final against Federer would be formidable, but that is still far. I take it match by match. It depends on so many things. Last year I had (in the first round) against Opelka, a qualifier, a five-set struggle, while the 35 degrees was to advance. We’ll see.”
Mertens: “Happy to be here”
Elise Mertens (WTA 37) in the first round against the 19-year-old Slovakian qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova (WTA 125), against whom the 22-year-old Limburg never came out.
“I’m thrilled to be here. It is always special to be a grandslam to take part. The atmosphere at the Australian Open is also becoming very relaxed,” says Mertens, that Saturday her title extended in Hobart. “I have this winter very well may work. Especially at my service, to my percentage of first-loadings to improve. The conditions in Hobart were not obvious (by the rain), but I am well handled. I can only trust.”
Flipkens is hoping that her shoulder holds out
Kirsten Flipkens (WTA 75) occurs Monday, for the tenth time in her career. The Campine, recently 32 years, hopes that they will be able to give her opportunities to defend: because of an injury to the right shoulder, she had to Wednesday, in the WTA-tournament of Hobart.
Flipkens has suffered from an inflammation of the shoulder. “I had an ultrasound run and even got a cortisone injection. I took three days of rest and now go an hour training with the Dutch Richel Hogenkamp. The injection will certainly help, I think. I felt especially troubled when the loadings and at high balls. But well, I’m not in the mood to talk about it. When I’m on the field stand, does that mean that I fit am. And I want to play.”
Flipkens plays on tennis court 5, first match of the day, against Alison Riske (WTA 84), a 27-year-old from the United States. Flipkens had in Hobart against calculated Riske when she gave up.
“She has me even simple reports last year on the tournament in Nuremberg (6-2, 6-2, ed), but that was on clay. She likes to play in a rhythm and fight for every ball”, said Flipkens. “It will take me to my tennis and my game to vary, as every time, take her out of the competition. I hope the shoulder holds out. It is clear that I it’s much harder could take, but her tennis did not like me the last time. We will see.”