Ruthless Novak Djokovic praises Goran Ivanisevic after marching on in Melbourne
Novak Djokovic brushed aside Yoshihito Nishioka to reach the third round of the Australian Open and then heaped praise on his coach Goran Ivanisevic after another excellent serving display.
The defending champion required only one hour and 25 minutes to beat world No 71 Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic broke once in the first set and twice in the second and third sets to complete the routine victory that saw him serve 17 aces and lose only eight points on serve.
His improved serve has been part of his make-up throughout his Australian Open campaign and he took time out to praise Ivanisevic, who joined his coaching set-up last year.
“I gotta prepare him. He needs to work on his serve.”
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 24, 2020
“Lots of fun,” the Serb said about the 2001 Wimbledon winner.
“Lots of joking around. We speak the same language so we’ve known each other for a very long time.
“He was definitely one of my childhood idols. Him coming from Croatia, myself Serbia – a neighbouring country – it’s a very similar culture and the same language basically.
“I was training at the academy in Germany where he used to spend some time preparing for Wimbledon which he won in 2001 and I remember hitting a few balls with him and it was a dream come true.
“To have him in my box now is wonderful and he brings a good energy to the team and his insight as a coach as well having done it for six-seven years. I’m very grateful to have him.”
Britain’s Heather Watson beaten in Abu Dhabi as the world No.1 also crashes out
Heather Watson bowed out of the Abu Dhabi Open in a gruelling second-round defeat by 17th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Quarantine plan revealed for the game’s top players ahead of Australian Open
The world’s leading players will quarantine in Adelaide rather than Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open.
Rising star provisionally suspended from all tennis activity following a positive doping test
Ukrainian rising star Dayana Yastremska has been…
Is this the real reason why Roger Federer is skipping next month’s Australian Open?
Roger Federer suggested he pulled out of the Australian Open for fitness reasons, yet other reasons were in play.
Sofia Kenin wins as the tennis season gets underway despite doubts over what happens next
No.1 seed Sofia Kenin of the United…
Exclusive – F1 champ Jenson Button on his love of tennis and the Federer vs Nadal debate
Formula 1 ace Jenson Button has admitted he is ‘in awe’ of the tennis giants of the modern era.
Exclusive – British Davis Cup captain makes a prediction for Dan Evans in 2021
British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith believes Dan Evans could be a player to watch in 2021.
Tennis star Camila Giorgi draws mixed response after posting sexy lingerie images on social media
Tennis star Camila Giorgi has been targeted by online trolls after sharing a series of racy lingerie snaps on her social media channels.
Legendary coach of Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic loses his fight with cancer
Bob Brett, one of tennis’ most respected coaches and a former director of player development has died of cancer.
Australian Open organisers scrambling to finalise preparations for players
The hard work appeared to have been done when Tennis Australia announced last month that the tournament would start on February 8.