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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) The Australian Open started well for second-seeded Daniil Medvedev, one of the biggest potential beneficiaries of Novak Djokovic's deportation.

Aiming to be the first man in the Open era to win his second major title on his next Grand Slam appearance, Medvedev had a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Henri Laaksonen on Tuesday in the first round at Melbourne Park.

Defending champion Djokovic was already back in Serbia, two days after losing his legal challenge to stay in Australia despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, when Medvedev went onto Rod Laver Arena and raced through the first set in 26 minutes.

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2022 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,015
2 D. Medvedev 8,935
3 A. Zverev 7,970
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,540
5 R. Nadal 4,875
6 A. Rublev 4,785
7 M. Berrettini 4,568
8 C. Ruud 4,155
9 F. Auger-Aliassime 3,608
10 J. Sinner 3,390
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2022 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Barty 7,111
2 A. Sabalenka 5,698
3 G. Muguruza 5,425
4 B. Krejcikova 5,213
5 K. Pliskova 4,582
6 P. Badosa 4,264
7 A. Kontaveit 4,231
8 M. Sakkari 4,071
9 I. Swiatek 3,916
10 O. Jabeur 3,500
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