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Sport Australian Open 2020: Djokovic dismantles Ito in Melbourne

08:10  22 january  2020
08:10  22 january  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Novak Djokovic heads into the Australian Open second round on the back of dropping a rare set in his first outing in Melbourne . The Serbian star, a record seven-time champion of the event, needed four sets to get through his opener. Still, Djokovic remains on track ahead of facing wildcard Tatsuma Ito

Novak Djokovic hitting a ball with a racket: Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic © Getty Images Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic had no trouble moving through to the third round of the Australian Open, outclassing wildcard Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2 as his title defence gathered momentum. 

Djokovic was hoping history did not repeat itself on Wednesday, having lost to a wildcard - Denis Istomin - in the second round at Melbourne Park three years ago.

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But Djokovic was never threatened as the 16-time grand slam champion swept aside Ito in straight sets on Rod Laver Arena midweek.

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Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic started 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 Arena, but the 16-time grand slam champion eventually moved into the second round at Melbourne Park.

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In warm but breezy conditions, Djokovic barely raised a sweat as the second seed asserted his authority from the outset against the Japanese underdog.

Djokovic, eyeing his record-extending eighth Australian Open crown, picked his shots with comfort from the baseline, hitting seven winners in a lopsided 22-minute first set.

Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2020 - Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Japan’s Tatsuma Ito after winning the match. REUTERS/Issei Kato © Thomson Reuters Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2020 - Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Japan’s Tatsuma Ito after winning the match. REUTERS/Issei Kato

After racing through the opener, Djokovic - who dropped a set and won in the Australian Open first round for the first time in his career by getting past Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday - faced a sterner test in the second.

Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic overcomes wobble to progress

  Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic overcomes wobble to progress Novak Djokovic was pushed on Rod Laver Arena but the seven-time champion and titleholder made it through to the second round.Djokovic survived a scare on Rod Laver Arena, but the 16-time grand slam champion eventually moved into the second round at Melbourne Park.

Novak Djokovic heads into the Australian Open second round on the back of dropping a rare set in his first outing in Melbourne . The Serbian star, a record seven-time champion of the event, needed four sets to get through his opener. Still, Djokovic remains on track ahead of facing wildcard Tatsuma Ito

As seven-time Australian Open champion Djokovic prepares for Monday's opener against Jan-Lennard Struff in Melbourne , the Serb star told reporters: "They're Djokovic heads into his title defence on the back of a memorable but gruelling ATP Cup campaign in Australia as Serbia triumphed.

Having only won 50 per cent of his first serves in the opening set, Ito improved by winning 20 of 28, though he was broken in the ninth game and it proved decisive for Djokovic.

The third set was similar to the first as Djokovic dismantled Ito with a relentless display to earn another Japanese date - this time against Yoshihito Nishioka.

  Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2020 - Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the match against Japan’s Tatsuma Ito. REUTERS/Issei Kato © Thomson Reuters Tennis - Australian Open - Second Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 22, 2020 - Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning the match against Japan’s Tatsuma Ito. REUTERS/Issei Kato

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

Novak Djokovic [2] bt Tatsuma Ito 6-1 6-4 6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Djokovic – 31/17

Ito – 18/29

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Djokovic – 16/5

Ito – 9/1

BREAK POINTS WON

Djokovic – 5/9

Ito – 0/0

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE

Djokovic – 72

Ito – 65

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE

Djokovic – 93/56

Ito – 66/33

TOTAL POINTS

Djokovic – 88

Ito – 53

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