Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday

BRISBANE, Australia -- Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday.

Milos Raonic made lighter work of his encounter against Aljaz Bedene, cruising to a 6-0, 6-3 win over the Slovenian.

In the women's draw, Australian wild card Kimberly Birrell toppled world No.10 Daria Kasatkina 5-7 6-4 7-6 (7-3) in their first-round match.

After trading a set each in the opening two sets, 20-year-old Birrell then fought back from 3-5 down in the deciding set to force a tiebreak, before clinching victory in just over three hours.

Former U.S. Open winner and local favorite Sam Stosur had 10 aces but lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to qualifier Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic.

Tuesday's draw is highlighted by the first appearance of defending champion Nick Kygrios, who plays Ryan Harrison of the U.S., and Britain's Andy Murray marking his return after injury in a first-round clash with Australia's James Duckworth.

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