Novak Djokovic earned his 70th win at the Australian Open on Wednesday in blustery conditions as the second seed continued his quest for an eighth trophy at the season’s first major.
Djokovic kept Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito under control as the Serb made sure he did not suffer a similar fate to an outsider as he did here three years ago.
In 2017 he took a second-round loss to Denis Istomin, another wild card entry. The winner hit 16 aces and never faced break point to win his 13th match from 14 played in the second round at the event.
“I don’t think players enjoy these kind of conditions, but you have to accept them and embrace the fact that you’re going to be challenged on different levels,” the Serb said,
“Not ust by your opponent, but also the conditions. I accepted it. I came into the match and played extremely well at the beginning.
“I got a 5-Love lead up after 15 minutes. I’m just overall pleased with the performance.”
Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas got a free pass into the third round when German Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to withdraw from their match due to a muscle strain.
Marin Cilic, the 2018 finalist and now a former Top 10 regular ranked 29th after injury, outlasted France’s Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-7(6), 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10-3) after working for more than three and a half hours on court.
Yoshihito Nishioka beat Briton Dan Evans 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, while Italian eighth seed Matteo Berrettini lost in five sets to American journeyman Tennys Sandgren and Tommy Paul went the distance to put out Grigor Dimitrov.