The Serbian star Novak Djokovic crushed Tatsuma Ito 6-1,6-4,6-2 in his round 2 match at the Australian Open. Djokovic showed impeccable discipline in the match and made it perfectly clear on multiple occasions that he was the higher-ranked player.
In the post-match conference, Novak revealed the key to his success against Ito. He credited his strong service game and also revealed that this was the one area where he focused the most during the offseason.
What Did Novak Djokovic Say?
Novak Djokovic was pretty clear in his self-analysis. The Serbian star pointed out correctly that it was his excellent service that gave him the crucial edge against the experienced Ito.
“My service was working extremely well in both the first round and second round.”
Novak went on to reveal that he had worked really hard on his service in the offseason.
“That’s something I’ve worked on in the offseason. It’s one of the priorities of the training sessions. I think it’s about gaining the advantage by winning a lot of easy points in the first serves and it has been paying off so far both at the ATP cup and here too.”
Novak Djokovic had an undefeated run at the ATP Cup winning all his matches before leading Serbia to the title triumph.
What’s Next For Djokovic?
Even though he has been excellent, it can’t be said that the Serb’s game has been without blemish. He dropped a set in his first round match. In fact, even against Ito Djokovic looked uncomfortable in the second set and it looked like Ito might push back.
Novak will look to work on the chinks in his armour before his third round match against another Japanese star. This time he faces Yoshihito Nishioka who annihilated British No 1 Dan Evans in straight sets in the second round.
Do you think Nishioka can pull off a shocker against Novak Djokovic?