Djokovic Teaches Halys a Master Class

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World No 1 and defending Australian Open champion assured his appearance in the third round of the Melbourne Park tournament after delivering a master-class in the demands of championship level tennis to up-and-coming youngling Quentin Halys during their second round matchup.

Novak Djokovic defeated in the spirited 19-year-old Frenchman in a three set 6-1 6-2 7-6 victory on Wednesday night. Despite Djokovic’s stellar, matching his beating of Nadal in Doha, performance the 187th-ranked Halys never looked overawed, who instead appeared to have given a good account of himself in the Rod Laver Arena centre court.

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Quentin Halys showed good backbone in returning during the third set to earn a serve break, after receiving a miserable 56-minute destruction of his game from an impervious seeming Djokovic in the first two sets. Halys alleviation was not to be long-lived, since Djokovic immediately struck back and in this second phase of destruction young Frenchman showed his spirit by digging in to show Novak a hard-fought third set, extending the Serb’s to a tiebreaker.

Halys once again rallied with an outstanding around the net-post winning shot to decide the first point, before the Belgrader broke the match by smashing 42 winners while handing away only 14 unforced errors.

In the end despite suffering defeat the 187th ranked Quentin Halys left the Rod Laver Arena on a high, carried off court by an admiring standing ovation from the crowd, who appreciated that he’d won his first-ever tour level bout after defeating the 78th ranked Ivan Dodig in his first round matchup. Post match, Djokovic said that he believed he played a good match, with the third being a close set and he gave Halys credit for serving and fighting well.

Djokovic opened his 2016 tour by acquiring his 60th ATP title in Doha’s dry desert air, in the past 12 months the 28-year-old Serb stormed to the ATP No 1 position by winning 31 of his last 32 games. In addition he captured further Grand Slam victories such as the U.S. Open where he defeated Federer, as well as the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals that saw him defeating Federer once again.

His current mission requires that he be victorious in the Aussie Open men’s final, thereby equalling the record set by Roy Emerson who captured six Australian Open crowns, in addition he would enter the record books as the 10th male tennis player in history to win six ATP crowns at any Grand Slam tournament.


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