Top seed Djokovic into Open sec­ond round

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

: World num­ber one No­vak Djokovic got his quest for a fifth Aus­tralian Open ti­tle off to a win­ning start in straight sets on Tues­day. The Serb top seed elim­i­nated Slove­nia's Al­jaz Be­dene 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 49min on Rod Laver Arena and will next play ei­ther Rus­sian An­drey Kuznetsov or Spain's Al­bert Ramos-Vi­no­las. Djokovic, who lost to even­tual win­ner Stan Wawrinka in the quar­ter-fi­nals of last year's event, has been trou­bled by ill­ness in the lead-up to the year's first ma­jor tour­na­ment. But after en­coun­ter­ing early prob­lems from the 116th-ranked Be­dene he went on to se­cure pas­sage into the next round. Seven-time Grand Slam cham­pion Djokovic broke Be­dene's ser­vice four times and only had three break points against his serve in the match. "For a first round per­for­mance it was pretty good, ob­vi­ously I still need to work on a few things, I'm still de­vel­op­ing my game," Djokovic said. "Hope­fully, it's go­ing to be bet­ter in the next one, but credit to Be­dene for play­ing well to­day. "I've seen him play only once be­fore and on cen­tre court he had noth­ing to lose and he has a very quick ser­vice mo­tion so it was dif­fi­cult to read his serve."If you have a good serve, you have a good chance to play a good match, so I am just glad to go through."

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