21. 01. 2009. · Novak Djokovic is safely through to the third round of Australian Open after defeating Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in straight sets, 7:5, 6:1, 6:3, in 1 hour and 44 minutes.
In a close first set Novak broke his opponent’s service in the 12th game to take it 7:5.
Djokovic was brilliant in the second set. He broke Chardy with love in the fourth game to put himself in control, and once again in the sixth game to increase his lead. The Serb won the set 6:1 in just 23 minutes.
Nole was impressive at the beginning of the third set. He won four games in a row, for a comfortable 4:0 lead, marching towards the third round. He was broken once when serving for the match at 5:2, but broke back immediately to close the set 6:3.
Djokovic served seven aces to Chardy’s three. His first serve winning percentage was 71 per cent.
The third seed hit 33 winners compared to Frenchman’s 23.
He made 17 unforced errors, while Chardy had 32.
Novak’s third round rival will be American qualifier Amer Delic who beat #28 seed Frenchman Paul-Henry Mathieu in five sets, 1:6, 3:6, 6:3, 7:6(3), 9:7.
Djokovic and Delic played only once, in Wimbledon 2007, Nole won in four sets.