Melbourne Park Stadium at any given time during the last two weeks of January is packed to the helm with a hot mass of people and players trying to evade the blistering sun and enjoy the first and most vibrant grand slam championship of the year. The first day of the Australian Open 2010, however, was a far cry from the usual heat with damp, rainy conditions greeting the players.
The sun might have deserted the beginning of the first grand slam of the year but form certainly hadn't deserted the tennis elite (atleast in the men's draw). The top guns looked in sizzling form as most seeds (apart from 13th seed Radek Stepanek) who took to the court on day 1 moved easily into the next round. Any lower ranked challengers who were hoping to encounter a seed on an off day were put firmly inÂ their place.