Australian Open: Novak Djokovic serves up masterclass against Tatsuma Ito to progress to third round

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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic serves up masterclass against Tatsuma Ito to progress to third round

Reigning men's singles champion Novak Djokovic marched into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The Serbian star and number two seed in Melbourne beat Japan's Tatsuma Ito in straight sets: 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 - to progress to his 13th Australian Open third round.

Victory came in just 95 minutes despite windy conditions in the Rod Laver Arena.

"Credit to (Ito) for fighting to the end. Tough conditions out here," Djokovic said. "The wind can get you out of your comfort zone very quickly.

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"He was playing pretty aggressive and flat, with not too many unforced errors in the second set. I just managed to somehow find my way," added the 32-year-old. "From my side, my serve helped me a lot to get out of trouble."

Djokovic signs autographs for spectators after his win against Japan's Tatsuma Ito in Melbourne. Photo: AFP

The world number two had struggled in the first round, needing four sets to get by the unseeded German Jan-Lennard Struff on Monday.

Next up for Djokovic is another Japanese player, Yoshihito Nishioka. The pair will meet Friday after the 24-year-old Nishioka defeated Brit Dan Evans.

"I'm playing all the Japanese players in the field," Djokovic said jokingly. "(Nishioka) is very quick, probably one of the quickest players we have on the Tour. You know what his strengths are (and) what his weaknesses are, so hopefully I can execute the game plan."

Ito gestures to the crowd after losing to Djokovic on day three of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photo: EPA

Another Australian Open trophy would extend Djokovic's record to eight. Djokovic has won 16 Grand Slam titles over his career, which includes five Wimbledon titles and three US Open titles. He turned pro in 2003 and currently sits behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP rankings.

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