‘I had no solution against Novak Djokovic, I took a beating’ says defeated opponent

Novak Djokovic eased into the second round of the Australian Open knocking out Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who later admitted he took a beating. 

World number one Djokovic didn’t waste any time at the Rod Laver Arena, toppling the unlucky Chardy who is currently ranked 61st, in straight sets 6-3, 6-1, 6-2.

The eight-time Australian Open Champion was relentless from the start breaking the Frenchman’s first service game of the match and hitting 41 winners in a dominant display.

After the match a defeated Chardy said that he’d felt good before the game but conceded that Djokovic was stronger than him in all areas and just too good.

“The more I play it, the more difficult it is. He was stronger than me everywhere, I felt like I had no solution,” admitted Chardy.

“I feel great but when I get on the court to play against him, it’s tough.

“I wish I could at least do better. He got me into trouble right away.

“I started out being nervous and then didn’t even break free. I took a beating and I did not have fun.

“Throughout the game, I lost courage. After the first set, I felt like I had no solution. I was in a rush everywhere.

“It was a long game for me. I lost confidence quickly and it hit me in the back of the head.”

Meanwhile Djokovic was in a jovial mood in his post-match court interview in front of the crowd.

“There’s an ongoing love affair between me and this court,” Djokovic said.

“Hopefully I can have many great matches with these kinds of performances.”

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