Djokovic begins with win under Becker

Melbourne: Second seed Novak Djokovic praised his understanding with new coach Boris Becker as he made a winning if scratchy start at the Australian Open on yesterday.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic after beating Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko at the Australian Open in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/AFP

The defending champion wore down Lukas Lacko to win his first official match under the former Grand Slam champ Becker. 

The Serbian, bidding to win a fourth consecutive Australian title and fifth overall, had to work hard to subdue the 96th-ranked Slovak with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-1 win and will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer next. 

Djokovic said: “He (Becker) has great observations on my game, on tennis in general. I did not expect ourselves to understand each other so well right away in the second or third week that we working are with each other.”

Other important first round results (men)
Stanislas Wawrinka bt Andrey Golubev 6-4, 4-1 ret; Ivan Dodig bt Ivo Karlovic 7-6, 6-3, 7-6, Mikhail Youzhny bt Jan-Lennard Struff 6-1, 6-4, 6-2; Sam Querrey bt Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/3); Richard Gasquet bt David Guez 7-5, 6-4, 6-1; Tomas Berdych bt Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-3, 6-4, 6-3: F Mayer bt Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 

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