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Australian Open: Rusty Djokovic eases into second round

January 13, 2014 16:11 IST

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Novak Djokovic showed a few signs of rustiness after the off-season but still comfortably reached the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 victory over Lukas Lacko on Monday.

It was the first step on a path Djokovic hopes will take him to a fourth successive title at Melbourne Park and he wrapped up the victory with a thundering ace after 110 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.


Image: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his first round match against Lukas Lacko of Slovakia at the Australian Open
Photographs: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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Slovakian Lacko had the temerity to break Djokovic's serve in the first set but the Serbian broke straight back and once he had secured a tight second set in the tiebreak, a three-set victory never looked in doubt.

The second seed, who was watched by his new co-coach Boris Becker, next faces Argentine Leonardo Mayer, who earlier beat Spain's Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.


Image: Novak Djokovic of Serbia
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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