'If Novak Djokovic passes the criteria, he will be...', says legend
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 11826
He does not. 1 and eight-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the second round in Melbourne after a 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 victory in one hour and 31 minutes. Novak posted the 14th win over Jeremy in as many games, never losing serve against the Frenchman for complete dominance and an easy path to victory.
Serving 75%, Novak lost eight points on serve and never experienced problems in his games, stealing nearly half of the return points to win six breaks and navigate the finish line. The Serbian produced 41 winners and 11 unforced errors, taking the lead from start to finish for his 76th Australian Open win.
Chardy broke at 15 in the first game of the match before Djokovic landed a forehand to solidify the lead and advance 2-0. The Frenchman saved one break opportunity in Game 5 and two more at 2-4 to stay within a break deficit.
Still, the Serbian scored the second break at 5-3 to close out the first match in 32 minutes. Novak played even better in set number two, losing a point in his games and winning two breakouts for 6-1. Djokovic was zero in the first game with a serve winner and secured a break a few minutes later when Jeremy sprayed a forehand error.
The best player in the world secured zero and landed a cross forehand for another break and a massive 6-3, 4-0 lead. Serving for the set at 5-1, Novak posted a volley winner and moved two sets up front after 53 minutes, looking good to seal the deal in set number three.
Continuing where he left off, Djokovic fired a forehand winner to secure a break early in the third set and stayed at 30 with a winning volley. The Serbian closed the fourth game with a winning serve and earned four break opportunities in the next.
Woodbridge talks about Djokovic
16-time Slam doubles champion Todd Woodbridge asserts that such ideas are completely wrong and that Novak Djokovic will be subject to the same rules as every other competitor. “Well the fact is he’s on the Australian Open entry list,” Woodbridge said on 9 News.
“And of course he’s also in the Atp Cup in Sydney in the first tournament of the New Year. If he passes [the criteria] then he will be able to play. There’s so much speculation at this point that he needs to answer those questions first.
If he does pass those, I think it’s fantastic that we’re going to have the world number one back in Australia. But, he has to do what every other traveller does when they come into Australia,” Woodbridge added.
"It’s not about entitled tennis players or tennis players in general. It’s about what every other person has to do, and that’s what he has to do”.