ATP Queen's: Novak Djokovic eases past Millman. Dimitrov survives Dzumhur

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ATP Queen's: Novak Djokovic eases past Millman. Dimitrov survives Dzumhur

2008 Queen's finalist and a three-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has made a comeback at Fever-Tree Championships after eight years, beating a qualifier John Millman 6-2 6-2 in an hour and 5 minutes for his 15th win of the season. Novak played on a high level in Rome and Roland Garros and he carried that form to grass as well, serving great and outplaying Millman on the return too to grab an easy win and reach the last 16.

These two have never played before and the match was on Novak's racquet all the time, losing two points behind his first serve and never facing a break point, keeping all the pressure on the other side of the net. John was powerless in his games, losing half of the points behind his initial shot and suffering five breaks from 13 break chances he gave to Novak.

Nothing could separate them in the opening four games and Millman wasted a 40-15 lead in game five to lose four points in a row and suffer the first break. Djokovic confirmed his lead with a service winner in game six and he was in full control after another break in game seven thanks to a volley winner at the net.

The Serb raced towards the opener with four service winners in game eight, closing the set in 28 minutes and looking for more of the same in set number two. The Aussie couldn't find the rhythm behind his initial shot and he sprayed another forehand error at the beginning of the second set to get broken for the third time in a row and Novak found himself 3-1 up after four winners on serve in games two and four, marching towards the finish line.

The fifth game was by far the longest of the match and it was Novak who converted his sixth break point after 14 minutes to move 4-1 up, blasting three service winners in the following game to force Millman to serve for staying in the match.

A return winner earned another break for Novak, sealing the deal in 65 minutes for an impressive start of the campaign and sending the message to his rival that he is ready to chase his first Queen's crown this week. First round results:


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