Novak Djokovic made his debut at Majors at the Australian Open 2005. The young Serb faced the 4th seed Marat Safin in the opening round at won only three games. A couple of months later, Djokovic raised his level at Roland Garros and delivered a rock-solid 6-0, 6-0, 6-3 triumph over Robby Ginepri.
Novak controlled the pace on serve and return and sealed the deal in under 80 minutes for his first victory at Majors. A year later, Djokovic reached his first Major quarter-final in Paris and became a contender for notable trophies in the years to come.
Novak’s first Major crown came at the 2008 Australian Open, and he became a dominant figure in 2011. Djokovic has been among the best players at Majors for years, never missing a chance to secure at least one victory since 2005.
Thus, Novak is the fifth player with a Major win in 19 consecutive seasons, joining Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal! The Serb made a winning start at the Australian Open, beating Roberto Carballes Baela 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 at Rod Laver Arena.
Novak Djokovic has won a match at a Major for 19 straight years.
Novak has been dealing with a left leg injury since Adelaide, stretching a bit today in the second set but keeping everything under control. Carballes Baena fought well in the opening two sets, dropping serve once in each and fading from the court in the third to push world no.
5 into the second round. Novak fired nine aces and defended all three break chances to mount pressure on the other side. The Serb fired 41 winners and 21 unforced errors, taming his strokes nicely and delivering impressive shotmaking in the third.
Djokovic grabbed 47% of the return points and converted them into five breaks. The Spaniard stayed in touch in the first part of the opening set before the Serb grabbed a break at love in game six with a forehand down the line winner.
Djokovic served well after that and landed an ace at 5-3 to claim the opener in 42 minutes. Novak stood strong in his service games in the second set and waited for return chances. A nine-time champion stole the rival’s serve in the seventh game after a forced error and delivered two holds at love to wrap up the set 6-4 and move closer to the finish line.
Carballes Baena had nothing more left in the tank, failing to maintain his level and experiencing a bagel in the third set. Novak turned it into a one-person affair, taking 24 out of 28 points and sailing over the finish line following a great display.
Djokovic broke in the first game with a volley winner at the net and landed another at 2-0 for a double break. The Serb placed a return winner for 5-0 and held at love in the next one with a service winner to advance into the second round.
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