World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was extremely satisfied with the way he started his title defense at the Australian Open. Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, handed a straight-set defeat to France's Jeremy Chardy 6-3 6-1 6-2 in the first round at Melbourne Park.
"It felt great,” Djokovic said, per the ATP website. "I started the match really well. Broke his serve and [it was] pretty much flawless match, especially on my service games. I was very dominant. I went very quickly through my service games.
I think every shot that I executed tonight was really good and on a high level. I'm very pleased with the way I opened up [at] the Australian Open. “I felt really relaxed and comfortable on the court tonight, so I could allow myself to try out some things and come to net.
But I thought I was very solid and didn't allow him to have time to try to do something with his forehand”.
Djokovic not interested in Nick Kyrgios' comments
In January, Kyrgios called Djokovic a "tool" and didn't consider him to be the greatest of all time.
Prior to the Australian Open, Djokovic praised Kyrgios' game but acknowledged he doesn't respect the Australian off the court. "He's a very strange cat Novak is. Heck of a tennis player. But someone who is partying with your shirt off in a pandemic...
I don't think I can take any slack from that man," Kyrgios said of Djokovic after his first round win on Monday. A few hours later, Djokovic wasn't interested in giving it attention. "I really don't want to comment on that too much because that is what he is looking for; some kind of debate, attention, who knows, but I'm not going to give it to him because he doesn't deserve it.
That's it. I don't feel the need or do I feel that we should sit and talk, I have absolutely no interest in the guy," Djokovic said, when acknowledged Kyrgios' comments.