Novak Djokovic Crossed the First Round

Novak Djokovic crossed the first round of the Australian Open this Monday at the expense of Jan-Lennard Struff. Not without conceding a set (7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1).

It was one of the least obvious warm-ups for the top seeders of this Australian Open. Opposed to the 37th world player, Jan-Lennard Struff, Novak Djokovic knew he was forced into a sharp start to the tournament. The Serbian, freshly won the ATP Cup with his compatriots, was, even if a few concentration swings made his task harder than it seems.

Seven-time winner in Melbourne in his career (out of 16 Majors won), “Nole” had to fight four sets and 2:20 lasting to overcome a tough and hardly impressionable German. His premature break erased in the first set, the world number 2 had to go through the decisive game to pocket the initial act (7-6 [5]), surprised in particular by the quality of the opposing service.

In the second round, the best raiser on the circuit, however, masters the debates, with two new breaks to make the decision (6-2). A guilty release in the third set prevents him from concluding in stride. Jan-Lennard Struff taking advantage of some approximations from the Serbian on his putting in play to prolong the pleasure against the holder of the trophy (2-6).

As often with Novak Djokovic, the slump does not last, and the darling of the Australian public to recover without blinking to inflict a setback after all quite logical to his opposite (7-6, 6-2, 2- 6, 6-1). His 900th career victory on the ATP circuit. “The Australian Open is my favorite tournament. This is the tournament where I play my best tennis, “breathed before fighting this Monday the” Djoker “, aware nevertheless that the road leading to an eighth coronation Melbournien is strewn with pitfalls. “This year is open,” he says. And it is not necessarily false modesty.


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