Novak Djokovic Schooled his teenage adversary in the pressures of Grand Slam tennis at the Australian Open Wednesday night. The world number one dealt with some challenge in the final set but won in straight sets against Quentin Halys 6-1, 6-2, 7-6(3) at Rod Laver Arena. The win became the tenth time that Djokovic reached the third round.
Djokovic had plenty of work in his first round and would expect the same even if they haven’t met before. The number one world ranked tennis superstar still kept things in straight sets against Kyeon Chung who got a few wins against the Serb. It’s clear that Halys might do the same even after he battled through four sets to get this far.
He would experience a more difficult run in the match as Djokovic began his dominance right off the bat taking games like he was playing the computer in a video game on easy. He went up 40-0 in the second game when the Frenchman was suddenly working out the problems.
He marched back to force deuce that turned into a very long battle for victory. Six breaks elapsed in the game before Halys could secure the win for himself with a winner down the line. It would be the last time he enjoyed the feeling of success in the set as the number one Serb went on to take the next five straight still keeping it under 30 minutes.
The second set started with a 2-0 lead for Djokovic until Halys got things going with a love service victory that he finished with a beautiful ace. He did work again in the fifth keeping deuce short but he was already down a game to the top world ranked player. Djokovic took control after the fifth and went to the finish line ending the second in 28 minutes with another three straight.
It was all or nothing for Halys to stay alive in the game and he was nothing short of challenging in the third set. He opened service in the set for a second time and played strong on both sides of the ball to take the game on Djokovic’s error off the forehand. He let the Frenchman have his biggest lead of the match with a double break point winner in the second.
The Serb recovered winning the next two with a smashed winner before following it up with an ace in the fourth to even up with Halys. The two began trading off wins that had them tied at five apiece pushing them into extra frames. It took more than that to determine a winner as the tiebreaker was put into action with Halys opening up service.
He took the first point, and then watched Djokovic work his magic. He jumped out to a 3-1 lead before he could answer back with a point of his own. The singular point wouldn’t be enough as the Serb got into position for the seventh point. One last victory for Halys came on a Djokovic committed a forehand error, but that wouldn’t matter much.
He pressed the 19 year old into submission where he handed Djokovic the win on an unforced error ending the longest set of the match at 44 minutes. It only took the Serb 1 hour and 40 minutes to get the job done against the 187 ranked teen to get into the third round for an astounding tenth year in a row. Come Friday, he would face his first ranked player of the tournament in Italy’s Andreas Seppi who went on to defeat his opponent in straight sets.