Djokovic required all of 95 minutes Wednesday to beat Japanese wild-card entry Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in a swirling breeze at Rod Laver Arena to advance to a third-round match against another Japanese player, Yoshihito Nishioka, who is coming off a win over 30th-seeded Dan Evans.
Tennis legend Jim Courier believes Nick Kyrgios could topple world No. 1 Rafael Nadal is they face off in the Australian Open.
"So, I don't care about 20 or 15 or 16 (Grand Slam titles)".
"Though I like to go back to Venus Williams when she made the finale as at the Australian Open as a 36-year-old".
"Historically I had a lot of success in the Grand Slams where I had a tough opponent in the first round because it gets me going from the beginning", said the Serb. "That's the only thing that matters".
Playing his first competitive match since losing to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the ATP Finals in November, the 38-year-old broke his opponent's serve early in each of the three sets and closed out the match when Johnson hit a return long.
The only moments of concern for Williams and her fans came at 2-3 in the second set, when Zidansek had three chances to move a break ahead, but the eighth seed stood firm and did not lose a game from there.
The Swiss raced to a 5-0 lead in a quarter of an hour before Krajinovic fended off a bagel set with a good love hold.
The fifth seeded Dominic Thiem was a victor in straight sets, beating Adrian Mannarino 6-3 7-5 6-2, while the ninth seeded Roberto Bautista Agut and former champion Stan Wawrinka successfully reached the second round.
"As we saw in the last two Slams, every victory is hard work".
"I've lost to him in the past in a best-of-five set match".
Coco Gauff has sent her second-round match with Sorana Cirstea to a third set at the Australian Open. She eventually lost to the No. 28 seed in straight sets after making 28 unforced errors.
Polmans survived a four-set epic against the vastly more experienced Mikhail Kukushkin to prevail 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-7 (8-10), 6-4, claiming his first ever win at a major event.
On the women's side, Caroline Wozniacki is playing what she says will be the final tournament of a career that includes the 2018 Australian Open title and time at No. 1 in the WTA rankings.