The world number three continuing to aim to the Australian Open title

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  • The world number three continuing to aim to the Australian Open title

The world number three continuing to aim to the Australian Open title

It was Croatia vs. Serbia in the 2011 Australian Open as Ivan Dodig tried to halt the world number three, Novak Djokovic in the round two match-up.

Novak Djokovic was surprisingly dragged into a stern mid-match slip by Ivan Dodig, but crushed the persistent Croat in the last two sets finally to win 7-5 6-7 6-0 6-2 proceeding into the third round of the tournament.

Novak Djokovic, the world number three, came to the 2011 Australian Open as one of the handful players considered favorites to win. The Serb holds the 2008 Australian Open title already with an upset victory over Roger Federer in the semifinals that year and resolutely ingrained in the top four.

Novak Djokovic took the last match on the Hisense Arena on day three of the Australian Open brilliantly after a long contest that sustained three hours and 21 minutes ending at 7-5, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, and 6-2. Djokovic won 6-1, 6-4 in their last meeting three years back in Marseille and it should have been another usual win for the third seed, but it didn’t  turn out to be as simple.

The Serb had a brilliant season so far and was untouchable on his opening match rolling past Marcel Granollers, but the Crotian gave him way too much trouble right from the start of the game, giving sure short signs that it’s not going to be a quick ending match-up.

After giving away the first set, Dodig fought with a great come-back in the second, winning back a break and pushing Djokovic into a tense tie-break after securing the third set point.

World number 81 Dodig's eagerness to run down on every ball made it difficult for the world number three and ensured there were plenty of long rallies. The third-seed toiled throughout the opening two sets as Dodig seized his own finally upping his game.

Djokovic countered well by breaking at the start of the third set and again to set up a 3-0 lead.

The game had gone way too long and by this time the exertion on the Dodigi’s face and body-language was quite vigilant. Djokovic took full advantage of his opponent’s situation and continued his onslaught as Dodig weakened once more on the serve, allowing him to wrap up the final set in 44 minutes.

Djokovic lifted his solitary grand slam title at Melbourne Park in 2008, and now cruised through ahead into a third-round meeting with compatriot Viktor Troicki.


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