MELBOURNE, Australia - Rafael Nadal didnt give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. [url=http://www.cheapairjordan4canada.com/]Cheap Air Jordan 4 Free Shipping[/url] .Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix operation that sidelined him for most of last season after Wimbledon, and coming off a rare first-round loss in a tune-up event in Doha, the 14-time major winner said he had concerns about his fitness for the opening Grand Slam tournament of the year.He didnt show it, hitting 37 winners, breaking Youzhny twice in each set, holding his own serve comfortably and fending off the only break-point chance he faced.Last year, second half of the year had been tough mentally, tough physically for me, he said. I played four matches in the last seven months — thats not enough to be back with confidence.The loss to Michael Berrer in Doha on Jan. 5 was another deflating result.When that happens after a tough period of injuries you arrive here with doubts, he said. This first match was tough mentally for me — (I) hope this match will give me confidence to play well next round.Nadal hasnt won the Australian Open since 2009, but has reached the final in his last two trips to Melbourne Park, losing to Novak Djokovic in a 5-hour, 53-minute epic in 2012 and to Stan Wawrinka last year.No. 2-ranked Roger Federer, who won the last of his four Australian titles in 2010, got a good workout in the first night match on Rod Laver Arena before beating Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2, 7-5.Three-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray began his quest for an elusive Australian title with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over Indian qualifier Yuki Bhambri.Second-ranked Maria Sharapova followed up her recent title in a warm-up tournament with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Petra Martic in the last match of the day in the womens draw which is already missing eight seeded players.I had a great start in Brisbane winning the title for the first time in my career — that was great to have those matches coming into such a big match in Melbourne, she said.No. 3 Simona Halep and No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard also advanced in straight sets, moving into the second round along with No. 10 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 14 Sara Errani, No. 21 Peng Shuai and No. 22 Karolina Pliskova.Halep opened play on the main court with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Karin Knapp and Bouchard, who reached the semifinals or better at three majors last year, beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-2, 6-4.No. 5 Ana Ivanovic was the highest-ranked of the first-round losers, struggling with her serve in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 loss to Czech qualifier Lucie Hradecka in the first big upset of the tournament. Coming off a loss to Sharapova in the Brisbane final, Ivanovic had 10 double-faults and said she struggled badly with her serve.No. 9 Angelique Kerber, No. 16 Lucie Safarova (16), No. 17 Carla Suarez Navarro, No. 23 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 28 Sabine Lisicki and No. 32 Belinda Bencic also lost on the opening day.American Christina McHale was sick on court and saved a match point as she rallied to beat Stephanie Foretz 6-4, 1-6, 12-10.There was less damage involving the top players on the mens side, with No. 11 Ernests Gulbis and No. 15 Tommy Robredo — who retired with a groin injury after five games — making first-round exits.Gulbis wasted four match points before losing to 18-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis in five sets in a late match — the Aussie teenager went around the court high-fiving fans to celebrate.No. 7-seeded Tomas Berdych beat Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-3, No. 10 Grigor Dimitrov defeated Dustin Brown 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 and No. 14 Kevin Anderson had a 7-6 (5), 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 win over Diego Schwartzman.No. 20 David Goffin, No. 22 -seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber, No. 24 Richard Gasquet, No. 29 Jeremy Chardy and No. 32 Martin Klizan also went through. 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But the Mariners must start a road trip one day early, stopping first in New York before playing two games in Atlanta and four at Tampa Bay. They do have an off day between those two series. Due to the rainout, the Yankees wont have to face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez this week. Hernandez had been slated to pitch the series finale Thursday night, but Seattle pushed him back. Rookie left-hander Roenis Elias, originally scheduled to start Wednesday, will now pitch Thursday instead, the team said. Hiroki Kuroda gets the ball for New York, as planned. David Phelps had been set to pitch Wednesday for the Yankees in place of suspended Michael Pineda. Phelps was to make his first start of the season following nine relief appearances. Pineda cut short a simulated game Tuesday in Florida after experiencing tightness in an upper back muscle. An MRI showed he has a Grade 1 lat strain. Before the rainout, the right-handers 10-game ban for having pine tar on his neck had been on track to end SSunday, and Pineda had been scheduled to pitch Monday night at the Los Angeles Angels. [url=http://www.cheapairjordan4canada.com/]Cheap Air Jordan 4 Online[/url]. Phelps likely will start that game instead. The game was called nearly 5 hours before it was supposed to begin, with rain falling in New York throughout the day and a forecast for heavy showers all night. The Mariners cancelled their buses to the ballpark, and the Yankees kept the stadium closed to fans and reporters. By late afternoon, the storm had also washed out scheduled night games in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Boston. It was the second rainout of the season for the Mariners, who had their April 4 game in Oakland postponed due to poor field conditions. That game is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 7, the final day of Seattles current trip. Seattle won the series opener 6-3 Tuesday on a rainy, chilly night. Robinson Cano went 1 for 5 with an RBI and a run, booed in his return to New York after the former Yankees second baseman signed a $240 million, 10-year contract with the Mariners in the off-season. A pregame ceremony to honour Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Wolff was moved from Wednesday to Thursday night, the Yankees said. Guinness World Records plans to recognize Wolff for having the "Longest Career as a Broadcaster." 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