ANKARA – Australian Open frequenter Novak Djokovic qualified for the third round in the competition after the Serbian tennis superstar beat his French opponent Enzo Couacaud in a four-set match Thursday.
Djokovic, the Australian Open’s record-holder in men’s singles with nine titles, won against Couacaud with sets of 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-0 in a Round 2 match at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena.
The Serbian superstar will next face Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, Anadolu Agency reported.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom’s Andy Murray survived in a thrilling five-set match Thursday against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis at Margaret Court Arena.
The Murray vs Kokkinakis match lasted for five hours and 45 minutes.
Murray won the clash with sets of 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-5. He will face Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in the third round.
Meanwhile, World No. 2 in women’s singles Ons Jabeur from Tunisia was eliminated in Round 2 in Melbourne.
Czech player Marketa Vondrousova beat Jabeur 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 to meet her compatriot Linda Fruhvirtova in the third round.
The first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open will run through Jan 29. – Bernama