Djokovic cruises to second round of Australian Open

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Melbourne, Jan 18 (IANS) World No.1 singles player Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round of the Australian Open tennis tournament after winning over Chung Hyeon 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 here on Monday.

Serbian Djokovic, who has won the Australian Open five times, beat the 19-year-old South Korean in the first round in an hour and 55 minutes, reports Efe.

The defending champion, who won the first of his 10 majors at Melbourne Park in 2008, broke open the match with a run of six consecutive games from late in the first set before going on to close out the match.

“Having to play somebody for the first time, especially somebody that is as young as him, he’s only 19, it can be tricky,” said Djokovic after the win.

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“Obviously getting out on the court and playing against a player that has nothing to lose. He moves very well, as well. He can play equally well from defence to offence. And he’s one of the players that people are talking about as a potential top player in the future.

“He’s got that potential, no question about it. He needs experience, he needs more time.”

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