Printed Jan 21, 2020
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic savoured his win over Jan-Lennard Struff, highlighting his grand slam success after troublesome first-round matches.
Djokovic – eyeing a record-extending eighth Australian Open title – kicked off his title defence with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-1 victory in opposition to tenacious German Struff in Melbourne on Monday.
The 16-time slam champion regarded set to shut out a straight-sets win after surviving a tense first set, wherein he dedicated 12 unforced errors, earlier than Struff rallied to pressure a fourth on Rod Laver Enviornment.
Djokovic, although, was to not be denied a 900th ATP profession victory and the Serb star advised reporters: “I truly like powerful first rounds in grand slams notably.
“Traditionally I had a number of success in grand slams the place I had powerful opponents within the first spherical. As a result of it will get me going.
“From the start I’ve to be alert, I’ve to be on a excessive stage. I feel I used to be.”
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— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 20, 2020
Djokovic, who will face both Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito or fortunate loser Prajnesh Gunneswaran within the second spherical, added: “General it was a very stable begin, particularly within the second and the fourth set I performed on a better stage. [I] served fairly good, a number of aces, excessive proportion of first serves in.
“I felt type of answerable for the match. Even after I misplaced the third set I simply felt like ‘if I’m on the precise stage, I’ve the higher hand’. I ended this match in a great style, in a proper approach and that is very optimistic.”
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