South African-born West Australian Ebden bounced back from losing the last two years in five-setters at the Australian Open to be on the winner's end in 2014, prevailing in a marathon contest over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3 to advance to the second round.
Spanish world No. 3 Ferrer had the first men's match up on Rod Laver Arena for the 2014 Australian Open and he had little trouble accounting for Columbia's Alejandro Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.
Swiss eighth-seed Wawrinka was also the first up on Hisense Arena to start the tournament and he was gifted his advance to the second round with Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev retiring midway through the second set due to a calf injury with Wawrinka in control, leading 6-4, 4-1.
Tomas Berdych was then in action in the first men's match on Margaret Court Arena and he also cruised into the second round with the Czech seventh-seed beating another Kazak, Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight-sets 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
French ninth-seed Richard Gasquet was another star to cruise into the second round in straight-sets beating compatriot David Guez 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.
Austria's Dominic Thiem had a tight-four set battle with Portugal's Joao Sousa but eventually prevailed 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 in a match where he hit 20 aces to eight from Sousa, and 20 winners to just eight from his opponent.
The first five-setter of the 2014 Australian Open then took place out on Court 7 with Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen eventually prevailing over Israel's Dudi Sela after falling two sets to one down, and in a match that included two tie-breaks 3-6, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.
American Sam Querry has been ranked as high as 17 in the world despite being unseeded at this year's Australian Open and he won through to the second round in four sets, beating Columbia's Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
Damir Dzumhur had a comfortable outing on Court 10 beating Czech Jan Hajek 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 as he dominated his opponent.
Mikhail Kukushkin won his first set against Columbia's Alejandro Falla on Court 11, but the Kazak managed just seven games in total over the next three set as Falla prevailed 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic is out in the first round after losing in straight-sets, including two tie-breakers, to fellow Croatian Ivan Dodig who won 7-6, 6-3, 7-6.
There was another five-set battle out on Court 15 with Frenchman Adrian Mannarino bouncing back from losing the first and fourth sets to beat American Steve Johnson 3-6, 6-3, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4.
Temperamental Russian 14th-seed Mikhail Youzhny conceded just seven games on his way into the second round beating German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.
Another German, Florian Mayer, advance to the second round though with him beating American Denis Kudla in straight-sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
Frenchman Kenny de Schepper had a tight three-set battle over China's Wu Di, but he ended up winning the third-set tie-break to take the match 7-5, 7-5, 7-6.
German veteran Tommy Haas withdrew late in the second set from his match against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez while already trailing 7-5, 5-2.
Latvian 23rd-seed Ernests Gulbis scored a tough four-set victory over Argentina's Juan Monaco on Court 6 after being thrashed in the opening set when he finished up victorious, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6, 6-2.
There was another injury retirement on Court 7 when Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr didn’t finish his match with 15th-seed Fabio Fognini with the Italian already leading 6-3, 6-2.
Argentina's Leonardo Mayer let Spain's Albert Montanes win just five games throughout the entire three sets as he won convincingly, 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.
Big-hitting South African Kevin Anderson is through to the second round, but the 19th-seed did it the hard way needing five sets to prevail against Czech Jiri Vesely, eventually coming back from two sets to love down to win 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.
French 29th-seed Jeremy Chardy is also into the second round thanks to a comfortable straight-sets win over Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Another Frenchman Julien Benneteau is also through to the second round but he needed five sets to dispose of Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, eventually winning 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Australia's Sam Groth is out in the Australian Open first round, though, losing in straight-sets on Court 2 to Canadian 28th-seed Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo had an interrupted start to his summer withdrawing from the Hopman Cup in Perth due to a wrist injury coming off his resurgent 2013, and he showed signs of that rustiness in a gruelling five-set battle against Czech Lukas Rosol.
Robredo, the No. 17 seed, found himself down two sets to one but found a way to rally in the fourth set tie-break to send it to a fifth set, and when there neither player would give an inch.
Eventually, though, Robredo prevailed after 14 games of the fifth set to win the match 6-1, 6-7, 3-6, 7-6, 8-6.
Australian 19-year-old Jordan Thompson got off to a rollicking start against rising Polish star Jerzy Janowicz who had a limited preparation to the Australian summer due to a foot injury.
That forced him to withdraw from the Hopman Cup and his rustiness showed early as the Australian world No. 321 shocked him in the first two sets dropping just five games to go up two sets to nil.
However, Janowicz isn’t one of the brightest rising stars in the sport for nothing and should good fighting qualities to come back and win the last three sets, and win the match 1-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1.
There was then a battle of veterans out on Margaret Court Arena and popular Cypriot and former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis campaign in Melbourne is over for another year with Denis Istomin beating him in straight-sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov is also through to the second round after a comfortable straight-sets victory over the usual gritty American Michael Russell, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Another Russian, veteran former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko came back from being down two sets to one to also win through to the second round with a five-set win over Pole Lukas Kubot, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.