Serena Williams of the United States follows through on a shot to Camila Giorgi of Italy during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016.(AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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It was very much business as usual for Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams at the Australian Open Monday, even if allegations of widespread match-fixing cast a shadow over the opening day of the year's first Grand Slam.On the pristine blue showcourt only a few meters away, however, first Williams, then Djokovic gave notice that they had no intention of relinquishing lightly the dominance they exerted over tennis last year.Djokovic, who also won three Grand Slams last year, has been far more active than Williams in recent months but has not been beaten since August, a run that never looked like ending in his 115-minute clash with South Korean teenager Chung Hyeon.Finding that extra gear when required is one of the factors that have helped Roger Federer to 17 Grand Slam singles titles but the Swiss barely needed to move out of first in his opening match against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
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