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Sport Novak Djokovic's triple double-fault mishap on way to first-round win

16:06  20 january  2020
16:06  20 january  2020 Source:   theage.com.au

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Sometimes there seems to be no logic. Novak Djokovic had not served a double fault in nearly three sets. Then he served three in one game and conceded the set.

a man hitting a ball with a racket: Novak Djokovic recovered to take the win over Jan-Lennard Struff.© AAP Novak Djokovic recovered to take the win over Jan-Lennard Struff.

Having not been a player that indulged in trickery and slight of hand, Djokovic played an extravagant 'tweener' shot when a routine option was available. It didn't work.

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Of course Djokovic responded to that surprising triple double-fault mishap and took an early lead in the fourth set against German Jan-Lennard Struff and went on to win the match in that fourth set 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, but it remained a quirky misstep.

Things began by way of the courteous formality of a first round. Struff was the obliging counterpoint offering the sufficiently challenging but not onerous workout the defending champion required.

In quick time the second seed was out to a 5-2 lead and the first round appeared likely to be a quick affair. Then Djokovic hit the 'tweener'. He lost the point. Whether it was coincidence or prompted the comeback, Struff lifted his energy and the power and risk in his game and managed to wrestle that first set out to a tie-break.

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Jan-Lennard Struff, Novak Djokovic are posing for a picture: Struff, left, twice broke Djokovic's serve in the third set.© Getty Images Struff, left, twice broke Djokovic's serve in the third set.

"I will probably not try that any more this tournament," Djokovic said of his 'tweener'.

Struff was playing big tennis, powerful heavy shots that were landing. He was playing very well, just not good enough for long enough to beat an all-time champion.

Djokovic won the first set tie-breaker and then rumbled through the second set.

Struff was still not compliant. He twice broke Djokovic's serve in the third set and refused to concede to the seeming inevitability of loss when confronting one of the greatest players of the modern era. Then came the three double faults and the third set was Struff's.

The energy required to sustain the power and intensity in Struff's game became more telling and Djokovic out-worked him to win the last set comfortably.

Djokovic said he was proud of his remarkable achievement to win his 900th tour tennis match.

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"At the same time I try to remind myself I have to be grateful to be still playing at a very high level, the sport that I truly love," he said.

"I was a four-year-old and grabbed the tennis racquet for the first time. Saw it on the TV in Serbia, that doesn't have a really tennis tradition at that time, at least it didn't. Just everything seemed quite impossible at the time. But here we are, you know, 20, 25 years later. I can't take things for granted. I am trying to enjoy every moment."

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