Djokovic beats Harrison to reach Australian Open 3rd round

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round of the 2013 Australian Open in Melbourne after overpowering American Ryan Harrison in straight sets 6-1 6-2 6-3.

World no.1 Djokovic took control of the match from the very beginning, winning the first 12 points to race to a 3-0 lead. As he took Harrison’s serve once more in game six, he wrapped up the set after just 25 minutes with a hold to love.

The second set proved to be almost the exact copy of set one and after the American player dropped his serve twice more, the match was practically over. Djokovic’s ground strokes were too much to handle for Harrison at times and Novak seemed to be really enjoying his time out there.

After just one hour and a half, Harrison wasn’t able to hold when serving to stay in the match at 3-5 down in the third set, with Djokovic advancing into round three.

Next up for the Serb will be Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic, who eliminated Spaniard Feliciano Lopez surprisingly easily 6-2 6-2 6-4.

Djokovic is trying to become the first player in the open era to win this Grand Slam tournament three times in a row (defeating Murray in the 2011 final and Nadal last year).

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