Six-time former champion Novak Djokovic prolonged his excellent document to 17-Zero towards qualifiers at main championships on Tuesday evening as he started his Australian Open marketing campaign with a 6-Three, 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Mitchell Kruger for a spot within the second spherical.
World No. 1 Djokovic, who’s hoping to seize his 15th Grand Slam championship crown and transfer forward of Pete Sampras (14) within the all-time main singles title record, will now problem France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 finalist, who’s coming back from left knee surgical procedure final yr. Djokovic leads Tsonga 16-6 of their FedEx ATP Head2Head sequence.
Earlier within the day, Tsonga misplaced simply three of his first-service factors (50/53) and struck 23 aces in a 6-Four, 6-Four, 7-6(5) victory over Martin Klizan of Slovakia in two hours and 26 minutes.
Having misplaced his first service recreation within the third recreation, Djokovic instantly bounced again to dominate baseline rallies and push round Krueger, who was enjoying simply his second main championship match (2018 US Open). Djokovic gained 5 straight video games from Three-Three within the first set to 2-Zero within the second set, and went on to interrupt for a Four-1 benefit.
Qualifier Krueger, 25, saved break factors in his first two service video games — together with 5 within the third recreation — to maintain his opponent at bay within the third set. From 1-2 down, Djokovic bought fired up, various his groundstroke velocity and placement, typically hanging to the two-handed backhand of Krueger, to win 5 straight video games. Krueger struck a forehand return into the online to finish the encounter, which lasted two hours and three minutes.
The 31-year-old Djokovic is bidding to win a 3rd consecutive Grand Slam title and turn into the primary man in historical past to document three streaks of three or extra consecutive main titles (three straight titles in 2011-12 and 4 straight in 2015-16.)