Federer downplays rift with Rafa
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rarely have Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal featured on opening day at a Grand Slam, but that was the case Monday at the Australian Open.
What a treat for tennis fans.
Both players won in straight sets, but it was Nadal's critical comments of Federer uttered a day earlier that had everyone buzzing. Bernard Tomic then thrilled the locals with a comeback victory against Fernando Verdasco.
Here's what we made of a memorable Day 1 Down Under.
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