Serbia's Novak Djokovic, 32, is motivated to achieve more success but he also wants to enjoy more on the court as he enters the latter stages of his career. Djokovic, a record seven-time Australian Open champion, made a winning start at Melbourne Park as he beat world No.
37 Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (5) 6-2 2-6 6-1. The 16-time Grand Slam champion lost his serve three times in the third set but it didn't affect him as he cruised past the fourth set to progress into round two. "I’m just starting.
I’m kidding,” Djokovic said during his on-court interview, per the tournament's website “I’m obviously very proud of all the achievements, but at the same time I try to remind myself how grateful I am to be playing this sport at a high level at this stage of my career.
I can’t take things for granted, I’m trying to enjoy every moment. “It’s a New Year resolution I guess, to enjoy more. It’s easier said than done, when you’re on the court. Especially in my position, I’m expected to win all my matches, there’s a lot of pressure and emotions involved.
But I try to really enjoy it, the two and half hours spent on court today were a lot of fun”. Second-seeded Djokovic now awaits the winner of the match between wildcard Tatsuma Ito and lucky loser Prajnesh Gunneswaran.