Despite struggling, Novak Djokovic defeats Enzo Couacaud at the Australian Open.

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For the fifteenth time out of 18 visits to Melbourne, nine-time winner Novak Djokovic has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open. At Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic defeated qualifier Enzo Couacaud 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0 to maintain his title chances.

In the latter moments of the second set, Novak fought with a left leg ailment and requested for assistance. Before taking control and soaring toward the finish line in sets three and four, he lost it in the tie break. After suffering an ankle injury in the first set of the contest, Enzo struggled but recovered enough strength to take on a formidable foe in the second set.

Despite not playing at his best, the Serb only had to save one break point the entire match, at 2-0 in the fourth set. After wasting three break points in the second set, he kept the pressure on the other team and squandered an opportunity to win in straight sets.

In the second round of the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic defeated Enzo Couacaud.

In the first game, Djokovic proved to be too powerful, winning good holds after good holds and pressuring his opponent to do the same. Couacaud was well below that standard, wasting game points to suffer a break at 1-2 and lose the match.

In the sixth game, Djokovic made another break, and a few minutes later, he finished the first set on his serve. In the second set, the Frenchman felt better and made a few easy holds to keep the score at 3-3. Having trouble with his left leg in the following games, Novak squandered two more break chances in game 11 after missing one in game seven.

To add intrigue, Enzo overcame all the challenges and came back from 3-0 down in the tie break. At 5-5, Novak committed a double error and lost a point by sending a backhand long on the opponent’s set point. In the third set, Djokovic got out to a fresh start and produced held after solid hold.

Couacaud was far from keeping up with that tempo; in game two, he dropped serve at love, allowing Djokovic to finish the set with a return game at 5-2. Novak took the lead with a break in the second game of the fourth set, and he then held off the only other opportunity for a break in the following game to take a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth game, Enzo sprayed a backhand error, losing serve once more and bringing the world no. 5 closer to the finish line. In game five, the Serb committed two double faults and finished with a 2-0 lead to win 5-0. In the sixth game, Novak made a drop shot winner to earn two match points. He then won the first game with a backhand down the line winner to win the match and advance to the final.