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Australian Open 2021: Novak Djokovic points assertion of intent with straight set win over Jeremy Chardy

The Serbian world primary, who gained his seventeenth Grand Slam in final 12 months’s thrilling Melbourne Park ultimate towards Dominic Thiem, misplaced little power within the battle 6-3, 6-1, 6- 2 in simply 91 minutes on Rod Laver Enviornment.

Novak Djokovic in motion towards Jeremy Chardy on the Australian Open. AP

Melbourne: Defending champion Novak Djokovic categorically beat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Monday in a disturbing begin to his bid for an unprecedented ninth Australian Open title.

The Serbian world primary, who gained his seventeenth Grand Slam in final 12 months’s thrilling Melbourne Park ultimate towards Dominic Thiem, misplaced little power within the battle 6-3, 6-1, 6- 2 in simply 91 minutes on Rod Laver Enviornment.

The writing was on the wall with the pair assembly 13 occasions earlier than and the Serbian successful all of them as Chardy did not take a single set.

Djokovic, chasing an 18th Slam crown to get nearer to the 20 held by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, has in contrast his relationship with the Australian Open to “a love affair”.

And he clearly had enjoyable, providing a masterclass for followers socially faraway from the stadium.

“It is nice, so nice to see individuals come again to the stadium,” he mentioned.

“I am actually glad to see lots of people really – that is probably the most I’ve seen on a tennis court docket in 12 months.

“Typically we take this stuff (the crowds) with no consideration, however we’re very, very grateful to see you all,” he added.

The 33-year-old beat Chardy within the opener and was by no means troubled, going by means of the set in 32 minutes, with the Frenchman successful simply two factors within the Serbian’s service sport.

It was an identical situation in a lopsided second set, which lasted simply 22 minutes, as Chardy struggled to deal with the fierceness of serve from Djokovic, who repeatedly clocked over 200 km / h (124 mph).

Chardy, who made the semi-finals of the Murray River Open warm-up event, obediently surrendered, Djokovic successful the match along with his ninth ace.

The Serb has gained a document eight occasions in Melbourne, the scene of his first Grand Slam triumph in 2008, and has been unbeaten on the well-known blue courts since his shock loss to South Korean Hyeon Chung within the 2018 spherical of 16.

He then faces American Frances Tiafoe in a tough a part of the draw with 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and former world quantity three Milos Raonic, potential hurdles en path to the quarter-finals.

“It is the primary time I will face him, he is undoubtedly one of many promising American tennis gamers,” Djokovic mentioned of Tiafoe. “I can not anticipate the subsequent problem.”

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