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Djokovic Cruises in Round One of Australian Open

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic had an easy time against his first round opponent at the Australian Open, earning a 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu.

“It was a good performance for a first round,” Djokovic said. “You know, I felt I was in control of the match in the opening two sets. Then, you know, he started playing better, striking the ball quite well from both sides on the baseline. I thought he was serving really precisely and really well.”

“It was tough to break. But in the end, that 11th game, I made some good shots, good points, you know, managed to go through straight sets.”

Tomas Berdych won in convincing fashion, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3, over Michael Russell. Nicolas Almagro was taken to five sets by American Steve Johnson, winning 7-5, 6-7(4), 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-2. Fernando Verdasco beat David Goffin in five, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Mikhail Youzhny, Andrey Kuznetsov, Carlos Berlocq, Kei Nishikori, Stan Wawrinka, Jurgen Melzer, Ryan Harrison, Somdev Devvarman, Julien Benneteau, and Brian Baker also advanced.

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