Australian Open: Krueger was very competitive, says Novak Djokovic

Updated: Jan 16, 2019, 11:22 IST | AFP

Djokovic, appearing in his 300th Grand Slam match, did drop his second service game to go 1-2 behind in the first set but broke back immediately and went on to record his 259th match win in a major against a gritty but outclassed opponent

Australian Open: Krueger was very competitive, says Novak Djokovic
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic returns to Mitchell Krueger during their Australian Open men’s singles encounter in Melbourne yesterday. Pics/AFP

Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title in emphatic fashion yesterday, crushing 230th-ranked American Mitchell Krueger to set up a showdown with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

The World No. 1 had reached the Australian Open second round for 13 consecutive years and that streak was never threatened by the qualifier, who caved in 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.

Mitchell Krueger
Mitchell Krueger

Djokovic, appearing in his 300th Grand Slam match, did drop his second service game to go 1-2 behind in the first set but broke back immediately and went on to record his 259th match win in a major against a gritty but outclassed opponent. "Playing him for the first time I didn't know what to expect," said the Serbian top seed. "He was very competitive and I had to work hard," he said.

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