Defending champion Novak Djokovic entered the third round of the Australian Open without stress with a 6-3 6-2 6-1 victory over Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo. The 24-year-old Serb, who used last year’s Australian Open to catapult him to the world’s top ranking and three Grand Slam titles, took a little time to get going in the warm Melbourne sun before he moved through the gears. Djokovic came through in one hour, 42 minutes.
Djokovoic will meet Nicolas Mahut in the third round, after the Frenchman came back from a set down to beat Tatsuma Ito of Japan 1-6 7-6(6) 6-2 6-2. Djokovic showed that he had lost none of his appetite for his day job with an emphatic second round victory at Melbourne Park. “A win is a win however it comes to you. I try obviously to not underestimate any opponents in early rounds,” the Serbian told reporters after the match.
“Santiago came out early hitting the ball quite flat but I knew that sooner or later he’s going to drop the rhythm and I just have to hang in there. I’ve done a good job.”