Djokovic Warming Up Down Under Amidst Australian Bushfires

Tweet Novak Djokovic progressed into the second round of the Australian Open, with the only weather causing disruption on day one being rain, not smoke. The reigning champion won in the Rod Laver Arena in four sets, 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 which made his record at this grand slam a staggering 69 wins and only eight losses. Djokovic took the first set 7-6 in a 7-5 tie-break. However, this does not tell the story of the set.  The world number two went 5-2 up originally before Jan-Lennard Struff broke back…

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Djokovic beats Struff to make Australian Open second round

Tweet As president of the ATP players’ council, Novak Djokovic has some responsibility for player welfare. The bush fires, which have devastated parts of Australia over the past few weeks, have had a dramatic effect on the air quality in the Melbourne area. During the qualifying tournament for the Australian Open, players were suffering with breathing problems with some having to retire from matches due to the poor air quality. It’s difficult to imagine the self-titled “big three” playing in such conditions as the large stadium courts have roofs. As…

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Novak Djokovic edges Jan-Lennard Struff in Australian Open first round

Tweet Novak Djokovic recovered from a nervy third set to progress from the opening round at the Australian Open, 7-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, against Jan-Lennard Struff, but concerns over the air quality dominated the day’s headlines after several earlier fixtures were cancelled as smog and rain plagued day one. The off-court crisis of the Australian bush fires have dominated talk around the event with major concerns over the safety of players at the tournament. From the retirement of Dalilia Jakupovic who was assisted off court due to the ‘unhealthy’ air…

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