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Djokovic makes no mistake this time

 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis to...

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Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win over Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their men's singles match at the Sydney International tennis to...

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic wasn't involved in a first-match upset this time around, easily beating Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-1, 6-2 Wednesday at the Sydney International.
Last week, Djokovic lost in straight sets to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the first round of the Brisbane International. Then, he said he was struggling to find his rhthym with a new racket and wasn't overly concerned about the loss.
On Wednesday, he backed up that claim with a strong display against Mathieu in searing heat at the Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Those temperatures should help set him up for his defense at the Australian Open beginning Monday in Melbourne, where, about 800 kilometers (500 miles) to the south, it tends to get just as equally hot and steamy.
The Serbian's serve still wasn't perfect Wednesday with the new racket, but he was helped by Mathieu, who was only able to take advantage of three of his seven break-point chances.
Djokovic received a first-round bye along with three other top seeds, and two of them advanced along with him on Wednesday to the quarterfinals _ No. 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, whom Djokovic beat in the Australian Open final last year, and No. 4 David Nalbandian of Argentina.
Tsonga beat Simone Bolelli of Italy 6-4, 6-1, although Tsonga was troubled by a back complaint at times, and twice received treatment during his match on Ken Rosewall Arena. Nalbandian beat Michael Llodra of France 6-1, 6-3.
Croatia's Mario Ancic beat seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-2, 6-1 and next plays Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Second-seeded Gilles Simon of France played countryman Richard Gasquet later Wednesday.
Top-seeded Serena Williams of the United States was scheduled to play Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in a quarterfinal match later at the joint ATP-WTA tournament.


Updated : 2021-06-16 05:39 GMT+08:00