Australian Open Djokovic reaches third round after tough duel with Couacaud. Enzo Couacaud gave Novak Djokovic a fright on Thursday, but he managed to advance to the third round of the Australian Open.
The Serbian defeated his 191st-ranked opponent on Rod Laver Arena 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-0, unfazed by the boisterous crowd and periodic hamstring pains.
On the main court at Melbourne Park, it was Djokovic’s 23rd successive victory as he pursues a record-tying 10th Australian Open victory.
Djokovic returns to the Australian Open and advances quickly.
Leandro Trossard of Brighton is being pursued by Arsenal in a £20 million deal.
Rafael Nadal, Casper Ruud, and Taylor Fritz, three of the top 10 seeds, are already out of the competition, while world number one Carlos Alcaraz is injured, so Djokovic’s path to another victory and his 22nd Grand Slam triumph has grown simpler.
In the third round, the 35-year-old will compete against former World No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov.
After the match with Couacaud, Djokovic expressed his desire to continue his winning ways.
The match tonight had a lot going on, according to Djokovic.