Novak Djokovic hails his serve after first couple of matches in Melbourne

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Novak Djokovic hails his serve after first couple of matches in Melbourne

World no. 2 and the defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic has played on a high level so far in Melbourne, beating Jan-Lennard Struff and Tatsuma Ito to find himself in the last 32. Novak struggled a little bit against the German who broke him four times but there is nothing wrong with his first serve so far, firing 30 aces and winning many free points to put the pressure on his opponents.

On Wednesday, Novak mastered both the wind and Ito to race into the next round, dropping six points behind the initial shot to seal the deal in no time at all and complete another day at the office ahead of more challenging rivals.

Djokovic repeated how much he likes to play in Australia, winning seven Australian Open titles and hoping for another one in the next ten days if he brings his A-game. "I'm doing very well at the moment. I think I played a clinical match today, serving well and getting many free points with the initial shot; that's something you always want to see and feel in your game.

I hit a lot of aces in both the first and second matches and it one of the elements I had been working on during the offseason; it is great to see it is paying off. I'm always very confident when I come to Australia, knowing the great history of my results here at Melbourne Park.

I always try to be optimistic and have high goals every season, especially at Grand Slams that count the most at this stage of my career. It is a two-week event with 128 players in the draw and you have to take one match at a time and build your form, hoping to get at your best before the crucial matches."