Australian Open: Novak Djokovic defeats Fernando Verdasco, through to 2nd round
Novak Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 in the first round to set up a clash against Ivan Dodig or Denis Istomin at the Australian Open.tennis Updated: Jan 17, 2017 16:55 IST
Novak Djokovic launched his bid for a record seventh Australian Open title on Tuesday with an impressive 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 win over hard-hitting Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne on Tuesday.
The defending champion played brilliantly at a floodlit Rod Laver Arena to frustrate the Spaniard who knocked Rafael Nadal out in the first round last year.
Novak Djokovic was forced to save five match points to beat Verdasco at the recent Qatar Open and was broken twice during a thrilling second set on the Melbourne Park centre court.
But the Serb raised his game as the 33-year-old flagged in the third to set up a second round match against either Ivan Dodig or Denis Istomin.