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Novak Djokovic

At his pre-tournament press conference Novak Djokovic handed out chocolates, but today he didn't have anything sweet to offer world No.98 Leonardo Mayer in their second-round match.

Instead Mayer, who has never defeated a top 10 player in 13 attempts, left Rod Laver Arena with the bitter taste of a 6-0 6-4 6-4 loss.  

Early on it seemed the second seed and four-time winner here was intent on closing this match out as quickly as possible. The first set lasted just 22 minutes, Djokovic converted all three break-point opportunities and allowed Mayer to win just eight points in a 6-0 pasting.

To his end, Mayer tried, but Djokovic is not just in another realm, but in a different kingdom - which he built. The Serbian put on a receiving masterclass in the opening set, forcing Mayer onto the back foot and taking control of points from the get go.

Off forehands that kissed the line as they skidded past Mayer's reaching racquet were complemented by some deft backhand slices that caught the Argentine napping on the baseline.

On serve, Djokovic was imperious. This was not a day for serving bombs like new coach Boris Boom Boom Becker did in his heyday, instead Djokovic – whose average first serve speed was just 179 km/h compared with Mayer's 194 km/h – picked his spots and executed with deadly precision, winning 82 per cent of first serves.

Not surprisingly one of the loudest cheers of the match came in the third match of the second set when Mayer finally held serve to register on the scoreboard and avoid the ignominy of the much-feared triple bagel.

To Mayer's credit, the second and third sets were not the whitewash the first set was. Thanks to an improved first serve percentage – he won just 29 per cent of first serves in the opening set – Mayer was able to stem the Djokovic tide that had threatened to wash him away earlier in the match.

But it was never going to be enough. The stingy Serb didn't give Mayer a single look at a break point, while he gobbled up five of the six chances he created on Mayer's serve.

Thirty winners and just 11 unforced errors for Djokovic compared with 14 winners and 39 errors from Mayer was the icing on the cake as the top seed completed the second-round win in one hour, 47 minutes.

“I'm definitely satisfied with my performance today, it was better than my first match … hopefully I'm going to continue raising my level,” said Djokovic after the match.

“You have to find that mental edge in the tough moments and overcome the conditions.”

Djokovic will face either Denis Istomin or 30th seed Dmitry Tursonov in the third round.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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