Novak Djokovic made it clear to one of the young guns just why the Serb is number one. In his second round match at the Australian Open, Djokovic dismantled 20 year old American Ryan Harrison by a score of 6-1 6-2 6-3.
"I definitely didn't want to underestimate my opponent tonight, even though he's younger than me, still didn't establish himself, you know, as a top 20 or top 30 player," Djokovic told reporters.
The 91 minute lesson was direct and to the point as Djokovic never faced a break point and never double faulted. Harrison never could get into any rhythm as the world ranked 62 player only won 14 percent of receiving points compared to Djokovic’s 51 percent of his receiving points.
Unfortunately, Harrison has been here before as this was the second time in the last three Grand Slams that he has lost to Djokovic.
“For me, it's just exciting because I don't look at it as unfortunate to play these guys early,” Harrison said. “I've been fortunate enough to play, in the last eight, nine Slams against top guys in every round. Hopefully in two, three years I'm not going to be caught off guard because I've seen this level and I know want to expect. I've just got to keep working. That's the bottom line."
Djokovic will continue his run for a sixth grand slam title and fourth at Melbourne Park against Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the third round of the Australian Open.
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