MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a forehand in his second round match against Ivan Dodig of Croatia during day three of the 2011 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19 2011 in Melbourne Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Day 2 of the Australian Open will be highlighted by Novak Djokovic's title defense.
No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic's first-round match will highlight Day 2 of the Australian Open. Djokovic will start his title defense by facing Italy's Paolo Lorenzi, a player currently ranked 109th in the world who has a 6-20 career record.
Djokovic will open his 2012 season hoping to build on one of the more impressive years in the modern era of men's tennis. After opening 2011 with a win at the Australian Open, he went on to advance to the semifinals of the French Open and win both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. That was his second Australian Open title of his career, which up until last year was also the only Grand Slam he had ever won.
Also among Day 2's featured matches are Serena Williams playing Australia's Tamira Paszek; Maria Sharapova taking on Argentina's Gisela Dulko; Andy Murray playing American Ryan Harrison; and Andy Roddick facing the Netherlands Robin Haase.
Coverage of Day 2 will start at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. Coverage on ESPN2 is scheduled to start at 9 p.m., will feature Djokovic-Lorenzi and will continue until 7 a.m. on Tuesday. For a complete schedule of play, visit the official site of the tournament.