‘He’s a powerful player!’ – Novak Djokovic unconcerned by Australian Open first-round blip
Novak Djokovic was happy to credit Jan-Lennard Struff after he unexpectedly dropped a set en-route to winning his Australian Open first-round match.
Djokovic was his usual dominant-self for most of the opening two sets, but he had to face a resurgence from Struff in the third, forcing it into a fourth set.
However, taking a set from the world number two seemed to take everything out of Struff, and Djokovic ruthlessly took advantage to claim a 7-6, (7-5), 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 win.
“I thought I started off well,” said Djokovic. “I was a break up in the first set, [then] he came back.
“Second set I played really well then he turned it around. He was not missing much and putting a lot of first serves in
“Credit to him for fighting, he’s a very powerful player. He brings a lot of strength in his shots on the court, so congratulations for a great match from him.
“It’s great to be back in this arena that has a very special place in my heart. This has been by far my most successful court in my career. I love coming back to Australia.”
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