Day one for the Australian men saw the top four ranked Australians all advance. The lower ranked players all lost their matches. Marc Polmans went closest to getting an upset. Polmans lost in five sets after getting out to two sets to love lead, including a dominant second set.
Alex de Minaur d Pedro Sousa POR 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
John Millman d Federico Delbonis ARG 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2.
Matt Ebden d Jan-Lennard Struff GER 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Jordan Thompson d Feliciano Lopez ESP 6-1, 7-6(0), 6-3.
Bernard Tomic lost to Marin Cilic CRO 6-2, 6-4, 7-6(3)
Jason Kubler lost to Thomas Fabbiano ITA 6-4, 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-3
Marc Polmans lost to Denis Kudla USA 5-7, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
James Duckworth lost to Rafael Nadal ESP 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
Alex de Minaur, fresh from his Sydney International title had a comfortable win over Pedro Sousa. The Australian broke in for a 4-2 lead and carried that to win the opening set. In the second set de Minaur got the key break for 6-5, he then served it out to lead 2-0. In the third set, the Australian broke in the first and third game to lead 3-0. Sousa broke back to love for 3-1, but from there de Minaur held onto his one break advantage and he cruised to a win.
Photo: MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 14: Alex de Minaur of Australia plays a forehand in his first round match against Pedro Sousa of Portugal during day one of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Australians to play on day two:
Nick Kyrgios v Milos Raonic CAN,
Alex Bolt v Jack Sock USA,
Thanasi Kokkinakis v Taro Daniel JPN,
Alexei Popyrin v Mischa Zverev GER