05. 10. 2010. ·
Top seed Novak Djokovic began his title defence in Beijing (hard, $2,100,000) with straight sets win over world no.356 Chinese wildcard Mao-Xin Gong 6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour and 11 minutes.
Though he played against the homecrowd hope, Djokovic got fantastic support in the capital of China.
Novak rallied to a 5-0 lead in the first set, breaking Gong’s serve twice. The 23-year old Belgrade native took the set 6-1.
Djokovic made a break in the fifth game of the second set and then held for 4-2. He broke his opponent’s service once again in the ninth game for 6-3 and a place in the second round of China Open.
Novak hit 3 aces to Gong’s 1, and made 1 double fault to Gong’s 2.
The Serb converted 4 of his 11 break point opportunities, while the Chinese didn’t have a single chance for break.
Djokovic won 66 points to Gong’s 41.
“It feels good to be back at a court where I’ve had a lot success in the last couple years,” said Djokovic, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2009 China Open champion. “It’s a beautiful stadium, and of course Chinese tennis fans are some of the best in the world.”
“I think my serve lately is quite good comparing to the serve I had in last 12 months. I’m really happy with the improvement that I had in the recent months, and we’ve been working on it hard. It’s a process that takes time,” added Novak.
The world no.2 will next play against no.19 in the ATP Rankings Mardy Fish. The American defeated Janko Tipsarevic 6-2, 7-6(5).
They’ve met five times, Nole won all encounters. The last was in the fourth round of US Open when the Serb won in straight sets.
Nole advances to second round in Beijing
05. 10. 2010. ·