Top seed Novak Djokovic started his Australian Open campaign with a comfortable straight set win against American qualifier Mitchell Krueger on Tuesday. The title favorite Serb needed two hours to seal a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory in the men singles in the first round match at Rod Laver Arena.
It was known that the 14-time Grand Slam champion will take the match point but gritty Krueger, ranked 230 in the world, managed to save three break points in the first set. However, the 25-year-old qualifier couldn’t hold the pressure, giving away easy game points to Djokovic.
Krueger put some fight in the second set, but he unnecessarily slipped points to the sixth time Melbourne champion Djokovic for a 6-2. And then the 31-year-old Serb tennis ace went on to wrap up the third set in a quick session.
In his bid for the seventh title, Djokovic will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round. The Frenchman overcame Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-6, 7-6 earlier in the day.
The world no 1 had defeated the Frenchman 4–6, 6–4, 6–3, 7–6 (7–2) in the 2008 Australian Open crown final of the tournament to register his first Grand Slam title.