After seeing his main rival ease through on Tuesday, Novak Djokovic will be eager for the same when he takes to the court against Henri Laaksonen on Wednesday. Djokovic’s slam winning streak now stands at 22 as he continues his hunt for 4 titles in a row.
Djokovic was fairly comfortable in his opener against Hubert Hurkacz, taking down the big serving Pole in straight sets. He broke six times in the 6-4 6-2 6-2 win and was never really troubled against an opponent who has been on the rise this year. “I like the fact that I had a very good, quality opponent in the first round, because that gets me going with the right intensity from the start. I’m focused, I’m determined, and sharp from the blocks.” he said. “So I actually thought I played well. All the elements in my game worked well, so I’m very pleased.”
Laaksonen, a long time Challenger player, had the fortune to be one of the lucky losers from qualifying. He landed in the perfect slot, drawing another qualifier in Pedro Martinez. He was dominant from the off against the Spaniard, dominating his opponent in the first two sets of the 6-1 6-0 7-6 win. It was just his second main draw win in a slam, following his opening round win at the Australian Open this year.
Laaksonen does have the attacking game to trouble Djokovic for a short time but ultimately, it is a matter of how long it takes for the World No.1 to finish the match off. Either Salvatore Caruso or Gilles Simon awaits in round three, with Djokovic 11-1 against the Frenchman.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets