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Tennis: Djokovic off to error-filled but winning start under Becker

Published on Jan 13, 2014 8:57 PM
 
Current Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia smiles during a news conference at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne, on Jan 12, 2014. Second seed Novak Djokovic praised his understanding with new coach Boris Becker as he made a winning if scratchy start at the Australian Open on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Second seed Novak Djokovic praised his understanding with new coach Boris Becker as he made a winning if scratchy start at the Australian Open on Monday.

The defending champion wore down Lukas Lacko to win his first official match under the former multiple Grand Slam-winning German in straight sets.

The Serb, bidding to win a fourth consecutive Australian title and fifth overall, had to work hard to subdue the 96th-ranked Slovak.

But after taking the second set in a tie-breaker, he swept to victory 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1 in one hour 50 minutes and will face Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in the next round.

 
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