Djokovic passes Russian test

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Top seed and four-time champion Novak Djokovic lost just five games as he cruised into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

World number one Djokovic thrashed Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-0 6-1 6-4 in an hour and 24 minutes, with all three singles matches on Rod Laver Arena finishing so quickly that a men’s doubles match was hastily added to the day schedule.

Djokovic won the first nine games against a hopelessly outclassed Kuznetsov, who received a sympathetic cheer when he finally troubled the scorers in the fourth game of the second set.

The former Wimbledon boys’ champion at least had the temerity to break Djokovic at the start of the third, but normal service was instantly resumed and Djokovic closed out the match in ruthless fashion.

“A fter my first-round match I was hoping to have this kind of performance, especially the opening two sets,” Djokovic said in an on-court interview. “Everything went as I planned and wished and hopefully I can stay on this path.

“(Kuznetsov) is a very talented player. He’s still young and he’s of the generation of my younger brother (Marko) who knows him well, so I spoke to him because I had not seen Kuznetsov play a lot.”

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka also safely reached the last 32 but needed two hours and 16 minutes to finally subdue the resistance of Romanian qualifier Marius Copil.

The first two sets took longer to complete than Djokovic’s entire match as they lasted an hour and 35 minutes, with Wawrinka winning both in tie-breaks before taking the third set 6-3.

Wawrinka will face Jarkko Nieminen in the third round after the Finn defeated German qualifier Matthias Bachinger in straight sets, with fifth seed Kei Nishikori taking on American Steve Johnson after coming from a set down to beat Croatia’s Ivan Dodig.

Published: Thursday 22nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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