Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time reigning and four-time overall champion Novak Djokovic and third-seeded David Ferrer were among the men posting first-round victories on Day 1 at the Australian Open.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 Djokovic won his 22nd straight match at Melbourne Park by handling Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
Djokovic beat Andy Murray in last year's final to nail down a third straight championship at the first Grand Slam event of the year. The super Serb's second-round opponent on Wednesday will be Argentine Leonardo Mayer.
Meanwhile, the 2013 French Open runner-up Ferrer, former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych and eighth-seeded Swiss slugger Stanislas Wawrinka also moved into the second round.
Ferrer breezed past Grand Slam debutant, Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena, while the seventh-seeded Berdych posted a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Kazakhstan's Aleksandr Nedovyesov, and Wawrinka won the opening set 6-4 and was leading 4-1 in the second when Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev retired.
The diminutive Ferrer lost to Djokovic in the semifinals at Melbourne Park a year ago.
Ninth-seeded French star Richard Gasquet bested countryman David Guez 7-5, 6-4, 6-1, while Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez took out oft-injured 12th- seeded German Tommy Haas 7-5, 5-2, retired.
In other action involving Top-16 seeds, No. 14 Russian Mikhail Youzhny mauled German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 and No. 15 Italian Fabio Fognini eased past Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 6-2, retired.
No. 17 seed Tommy Robredo outlasted Czech Lukas Rosol 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 8-6, while 19th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson overcame Czech Jiri Vesely 2-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, and 20th-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz charged back to beat Aussie Jordan Thompson 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
In other seeded play, No. 23 Latvian Ernests Gulbis overcame Argentine Juan Monaco 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; No. 28 Canadian Vasek Pospisil whipped Aussie Samuel Groth 6-4, 6-3, 6-4; No. 29 Frenchman Jeremy Chardy topped Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 6-2, 6-4, 6-4; No. 30 Russian Dmitry Tursunov drubbed American Michael Russell 6-2, 6-2, 6-3; and No. 32 Ivan Dodig downed 6-foot-10 fellow Croat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
Several other men reached the round of 64, including American Sam Querrey,Frenchman Julien Benneteau, former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen, Aussie Matthew Ebden, German Florian Mayer, and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, who dismissed former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 7-5, 6-4. Querrey got past Colombian Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3).