Novak Djokovic defeated Quentin Halys 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in one hour and 40 minutes to move into the third round at the Australian Open on Wednesday evening.
“Yes, I think I played a good match,” Djokovic said.
“Third set was a close set. Was a battle. Credit to him for fighting, for serving well. He deserved the credit and applause in the end of the match for a fight.”
“He’s a powerful player, you know, big forehand. He’s being aggressive every time he had an opportunity,”
“He was just firing shots from both corners, from back of the court.”said Djokovic.
Nole wil face next Andreas Seppi.
“He won against (Roger) Federer last year in third round,” Djokovic said, recalling the Swiss great’s shock defeat to Seppi last January.
“I think he deserves a lot of respect for, you know, the amounts of years that he spent in top 30. Very solid. He likes playing here. He’s not really overwhelmed by a big occasion. Played many, many, many times on big stadiums against top players.
“It’s going to be a tough one. I need to earn my points. I need to be ready for rallies. It’s going to be physical match, because on a good day can really challenge any top player.”
“He likes a good rhythm. I’m going to try not to give him that,” Djokovic said.
“I’m going to try to mix up the pace. But the way I’ve been playing, I have a lot of faith and confidence in my game.”
source: ausopen.com; novakdjokovic.com