With Djokovic unable to defend his Australian Open title because of his refusal to be vaccinated towards COVID-19, Spaniard Rafa Nadal broke a three-way tie for probably the most Grand Slam titles with the Serb and Roger Federer by successful the Melbourne Park main at first of the 12 months.
But a profitable rerun of his 2021 Roland Garros marketing campaign, when he beat 13-time French Open winner Nadal within the semi-finals, will raise Djokovic alongside his nice rival.
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On a blustery day on Court docket Suzanne Lenglen, the 35-year-old Djokovic cruised via the opening two units, breaking Molcan’s serve 3 times with out giving the Slovakian a single alternative on his personal supply.
The 24-year-old Molcan, educated by Djokovic’s former long-time coach Marian Vajda, was ranked 255th when he went down in straight units to Djokovic of their solely earlier assembly in Belgrade final Might however since then the left-hander has climbed to a career-high rating of thirty eighth.
With nothing to lose, Molcan opened up his shoulders within the third set and with some aggressive all-court hitting managed to cancel out Djokovic’s early benefit to drive a tiebreak.
However Djokovic then managed to go up a gear and transformed his second matchpoint when the left-hander discovered the web with a return.
“It was a tough match with numerous winds, altering route,” he mentioned on court docket. “You need to be absolutely targeted.
“I’ve numerous respect for Alex. He is received a recreation that is made for this floor. I hope it is the final time I play towards Marian Vajda as coach of my opponent.”
The highest seed will subsequent meet Slovenia’s former world quantity 43 Aljaz Bedene for a spot within the fourth spherical.