Novak Djokovic did not have a very easy job on Wednesday in Tokyo against Go Soeda. The Belgrade native prevailed in straight sets, 6-3 7-5. "[He] made me work for my win today and the atmosphere was really good on the court", said the world No.
1. "I enjoyed it. I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early. I served very well until that game when I was serving for the match at 5-3.
I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn't serve that well that game, allowing him to break back and come back to the match. But there were not too many negatives today, because I had chances constantly.
I had match points at 5-4, but he just came up with some very good shots and fought hard and that's why we give him credit. But from my side, I'm really pleased. I probably played even on a higher level than the first round.
So the game is going in the right direction, that's for sure." Lloyd Harris, after his win over Alex De Minaur, said: "[It feels] incredible, honestly. I felt like I had chances to close out the second set and it didn’t go my way.
In the third set it was just a battle. He was playing at a really high level, giving me no points. I was just getting through my service games and just holding on, trying to get some opportunities. To see off some match points, play an exciting as heck tie-break, I just feel fantastic after coming through that."