2021 in Review: Novak Djokovic starts Australian Open campaign with a win over Chardy

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2021 in Review: Novak Djokovic starts Australian Open campaign with a win over Chardy

World no. 1 and the eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round in Melbourne following a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 victory in an hour and 31 minutes. Novak's grabbed the 14th triumph over Jeremy in as many encounters, never losing serve against the Frenchman for complete domination and an easy path towards the win.

Serving at 75%, Novak lost eight points behind the initial shot and never experienced troubles in his games, stealing almost half of the return points to earn six breaks and sail over the finish line. The Serb produced 41 winners and 11 unforced errors, having the upper hand from start to finish for his 76th Australian Open triumph.

Chardy got broken at 15 in the encounter's first game before Djokovic landed a forehand-drive winner to cement the lead and move 2-0 up. The Frenchman saved a break chance in the fifth game and two more at 2-4 to remain within one break deficit.

Still, the Serb scored the second break at 5-3 to wrap up the opener in 32 minutes. Novak played even better in set number two, dropping one point in his games and earning two breaks for 6-1. Djokovic held at love in the first game with a service winner and clinched a break a few minutes later when Jeremy sprayed a forehand error.

Novak Djokovic made a convincing start at the Australian Open.

The world's leading player secured a hold at love and landed a forehand crosscourt winner for another break and a massive 6-3, 4-0 advantage. Serving for the set at 5-1, Novak placed a volley winner and moved two sets to love in front after 53 minutes, looking good to seal the deal in set number three.

Continuing where he left, Djokovic fired a forehand winner to secure a break at the beginning of the third set and held at 30 with a volley winner. The Serb wrapped up the fourth game with a service winner and earned four break opportunities in the next one.

Djokovic converted the fourth with a beautiful volley winner at the net and held with a volley winner for 5-1. Serving for the victory, Novak sealed the deal with an ace in game eight, completing a perfect day at the office and sending a clear message to his rivals.