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Djokovic is off to a good start in his quest for a 10th AO title

Djokovic can return to the highest of the ATP rankings if he wins in Melbourne

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Melbourne (Australia) – Novak Djokovic’s quest for his 10th Australian Open title started with a win on Tuesday. Despite uncertainties about his bodily situation, due to a latest left hip damagethe event’s greatest champion received his match in straight units, defeating Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, ranked seventy fifth, 6/3, 6/4, 6/0 in 2h01 of the match.

Current world quantity 5, Djokovic has possibilities to return to the highest of the rankings after the Australian Open. For this he wants to win the title and attain the twenty second Grand Slam trophy of his profession. The 35-year-old holds the document for weeks at No. 1 and has not topped the ATP rankings since June 6. He has no factors to defend in Melbourne, having dropped out of the final version for failing to produce proof of a Covid-19 vaccination.

In 91 matches performed on the Australian Open, Djokovic received 83 of them. And with out shedding a match in the event since 2018, he has received 22 in a row. The subsequent opponent of the Serbian will come from the match between the Frenchman Enzo Cuaco and the Bolivian Hugo Delien. They will solely face one another on Wednesday due to Rain on Tuesdaywhich led to the postponement of outside court docket video games.

After calmly holding his first two service video games of the match, Djokovic had to flip 0-40 down however escaped the three break factors he confronted in the primary set. The Serbian grew in confidence and even received eight factors in a row, serving a 24-ball rally to break and make it 4/2. After that, the benefit wouldn’t be threatened till the tip of the set, he went 11 to 6 in winners and dedicated 8 errors to the Spaniard’s 7.

Already originally of the second set, Djokovic acquired a new break level and didn’t benefit from it. And though he confronted a few lengthy video games on his serve in the partial, he was not threatened by his serve. It was a one-break set once more in the seventh recreation. After withstanding the background performs properly and managing with the quick ball not to give velocity to the Spaniard, the Serbian reached a break level and managed to break it, attacking the parallel with a backhand. The distinction in the variety of winners was even better in the second set – 14 to 8, with 11 errors in opposition to the opponent’s 8.

The match scenario was much more favorable for Djokovic after he managed to break serve early in the third set. And once more, the Serbian took no possibilities and conceded just one level in his service video games. Facing an opponent with out as a lot energy in pictures or set balls, the Serbian grew stronger in the background performs, gaining velocity and confidence. He nonetheless had time to break Carballes Baena’s serve twice extra to pressure a “rubber” and ensure the quiet victory in two units.

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