Six times Australian Champion and also the defending champion Novak Djokovic registered a straight set victory by defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 7-6, 6-2. It was a brilliant performance by the Serbian as he didn’t let Verdasco take upper hand in the game and out of the three sets, Djokovic outplayed the Spaniard in two sets.
In the first set, Djokovic took an early lead and stretched it till 5-0 and then won it easily by 6-1. It was the second set in which we witnessed tough competition from the both sides as it was a neck to neck game between two. Game score was tied at 3-3, 4-4, 5-5, 6-6 and it was Djokovic who finally won the tiebreaker to win the second set 7-6.
Verdasco was unhappy with himself as he throw his racket to the ground after losing the second set and he knew that he could have won that set if he could have avoided many mistakes which were uncalled for.
The final set does not prove out to be much of a test for Djokovic as the Serbian won it easily by taking early three points lead in the game and then finally wrapping it up 6-2 to win the third set and the match. Also read: Novak Djokovic chases the most amazing record at the year’s first Major in Melbourne
During the post-match conversation, Djokovic said “It feels like home. It feels like coming back to a place I have beautiful memories. Every time I land in Melbourne I get to relive those memories.”
“I started well with great intensity. The second set was a gamble. It was very close.”
When asked about his son, Stefan, “He’s very demanding. I miss him. His favourite thing is his daddy,” said Djokovic.
In other matches, Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal acquired straight sets victory over German journeyman Florian Mayer. The ninth-seeded Spaniard won 6-3 6-4 6-4 in just over two hours. Also read: Rafael Nadal overcomes Florian Mayer, advances to second round
Third seed Milos Raonic crushed Dustin Brown to storm into the second round. Raonic thundered down 18 aces in the 93 minutes in order to brush Dustin Brown aside 6-3 6-4 6-2.
Local wildcard Andrew Whittington claimed the biggest victory of his career, beating Czech Adam Pavlasek in the opening round. The 23-year-old became the first Australian to win on day two with a 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3 triumph.
Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva rose from the brink of defeat, coming back from two sets down to defeat American Jared Donaldson 3-6 0-6 6-1 6-4 6-4. Also read: Stan Wawrinka hits opponent’s groin, issues apology
Yoshihito Nishioka sealed his first win in the main draw at Melbourne Park with a tough four-set triumph over Alex Bolt.