Novak Djokovic is still shaking off the early season rust. He faces Swiss Marco Chiudinelli in round two.
Djokovic took a bit of a thumping from Fernando Verdasco during the Kooyong Classic last week. Djokovic tried to brush it off but it was hardly ideal preparation for the first grand slam of the year.
However he did well to oust Spain’s Daniel Gimeno-Traver in straight sets in the first round. The conditions were a little too slow for Djokovic’s liking and he found it hard to hit the speedy Gimeno-Traver off the court.
Djokovic is now with new coach Todd Martin and is working hard on the offensive part of his game, taking the play to opponents and looking to get up the court and volley.
He seems much more relaxed than last year and could well slip under the radar for the next few rounds.
Swiss Marco Chiudinelli should not give him too many problems. Chiudinelli is a workmanlike player who has only just emerged from challengers onto the main tour in the past twelve months. This is the first time he has been past the first round in Melbourne.
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