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Djokovic defies the Italian challenge to reach second-round at Roland Garros

By Kushal Sharma    + Follow

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Keywords: Roland Garros | Novak-Djokovic | Potito-Starace
Djokovic defies the Italian challenge to reach second-round at Roland Garros
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic made a fine start to his 2012 Roland Garros campaign on Monday, as he beat World No. 97 Potito Starace of Italy with a 7-6 (3) 6-3 6-1 scoreline and secured his berth in the second-round of the 2012 French Open.

Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic made a fine start to his 2012 Roland Garros campaign on Monday, as he beat World No. 97 Potito Starace with a 7-6 (3) 6-3 6-1 scoreline and secured his berth in the second-round of the 2012 French Open, this year’s second Grand Slam, being played here in Roland Garros, Paris.

Djokovic served beautifully, as he mustered 81% points on his first serve and hammered 37 winners. The Serbian got benefitted from Starace’s recurring unforced errors. In the end, he converted 3 out of 13 break-points to earn this victory – in straight sets.

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Both contenders held on to their serves and first set reached the tie-breaker. Djokovic hammered a few exquisite winners in the tie-breaker and won the first set. The Serbian easily earned the breakthrough in the second-set and maintained that lead to get a 2-0 lead in the match. Third set saw the complete surrender of the Italian, as Djokovic broke him twice and sailed home – on a comprehensive note.

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