Printed Jan 20, 2020
Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic began his title defence with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-1 victory over Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday.
Djokovic survived a scare on Rod Laver Area, however the 16-time grand slam champion finally moved into the second spherical at Melbourne Park.
Eyeing a record-extending eighth Australian Open title, second seed Djokovic will face both Tatsuma Ito or Prajnesh Gunneswaran for a spot within the third spherical.
World quantity 37 Struff introduced a difficult opening check for Djokovic, particularly with Craig O’Shannessy – the Serbian star’s former chief strategist – now in his nook.
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Struff, who had by no means crushed Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, was not overawed, displaying aggression from the baseline and internet.
Regardless of blinking first as Djokovic broke for a 4-2 lead and consolidated for a 5-2 benefit, Struff was unperturbed and reeled off three consecutive video games, regardless of saving a set level alongside the way in which, to stage the match after which pressure a tie-break.
Djokovic, nevertheless, managed to carry off the tenacious German in a tense and taxing breaker, utilizing a large serve to shut it out on the second time of asking.
Struff was clearly feeling the results when he shortly fell 2-Zero behind at the beginning of the second, and Djokovic by no means relinquished the benefit earlier than he broke once more for a two-sets-to-love lead.
It appeared routine for Djokovic however he suffered an uncharacteristic stumble within the third as Struff’s possibilities of an enormous upset returned.
The pair traded breaks earlier than the Djokovic serve went AWOL, permitting Struff to maneuver 4-2 up earlier than Djokovic served two double faults at 2-5, 30-30 at hand Struff a lifeline.
Normality was swiftly resumed within the fourth, nevertheless, Djokovic breaking within the opening sport and once more for a 4-1 lead earlier than closing it out on the Struff serve to seal his 900th Tour stage win.
Novak Djokovic  bt Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 2-6 6-1
Djokovic – 44/28
Struff – 39/34
Djokovic – 14/3
Struff – 13/7
BREAK POINTS WON
Djokovic – 64%
Struff – 80%
FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE
Djokovic – 65
Struff – 56
PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE
Djokovic – 77/50
Struff – 65/41
Djokovic – 113
Struff – 91
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