Novak Djokovic has moved to make clear hypothesis round a potential ATP participant revolt after making a superb begin to his Australian Open marketing campaign.
Chasing a report seventh title at Melbourne Park, a pumped-up Djokovic powered to a formidable 6-Three 6-2 6-2 win over American qualifier Mitchell Krueger on Rod Laver Enviornment.
The win units up a mouth-watering second spherical match-up with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, whom Djokovic beat within the 2008 remaining in Melbourne to assert his first grand slam.
Djokovic has been within the headlines properly earlier than hitting the courtroom in Melbourne, amid stories the gamers council he chairs had voted to oust ATP chief government Chris Kermode — a transfer that would rock the lads’s tour.
There was additional controversy on Monday when Rafael Nadal appeared bothered be the actual fact he had not been consulted on the difficulty however the world No.1 tried to dampen the drama after his spherical one victory.
“To begin with, now we have to clear up the choice will not be made, so… The choice has not been made and we nonetheless have time,” Djokovic stated.
“And the representatives on the council, participant board representatives, will discuss with Roger, Rafa, anyone who’s to have a dialogue about this.
“Now, what is essential for everyone to know is that Rafa has all the time been concerned, no query about it.
“Whether or not he was a part of the political construction, council or not, he all the time tries to contribute to the sport. And I must credit score him for that.”
Djokovic stated “not many gamers need to be concerned” in council points historically however that was altering and communication had improved in recent times.
He indicated he would converse to Nadal and Roger Federer additional on the difficulty and added the present debate was “not simply in regards to the president. It’s about the way forward for the game.”
“Nobody is getting paid for this within the council. We’re all doing it as a result of we care in regards to the sport, we care about one another. That’s all it’s.”
Djokovic — agency favorite to win the title in Melbourne — had reached the Australian Open second spherical for 13 consecutive years and that streak was by no means threatened by Krueger, who was making his debut at Melbourne Park.
Djokovic, showing in his 300th Grand Slam match, did drop his second service recreation to go 1-2 behind within the first set however broke again instantly and went on to report his 259th match win in a significant towards a gritty however outclassed opponent.
“Enjoying him for the primary time I didn’t know what to anticipate,” stated the Serbian prime seed.
“He was very aggressive and I needed to work laborious. I loved it, hope you probably did too,” he stated.
Djokovic closed out final season magnificently, making an astonishing climb again from exterior the world’s prime 20 in June, successful Wimbledon and the US Open on the best way to reclaiming the primary rating in November.
It was a stark distinction to the best way he exited Melbourne a 12 months in the past by the hands of South Korea’s Chung Hyeon within the final 16.
He then struggled as elbow surgical procedure was adopted by a string of poor outcomes. Djokovic will make a journey down reminiscence lane subsequent when he performs outdated foe Jo-Wilfried Tsonga within the second spherical.
Frenchman Tsonga was on the shedding aspect within the 2008 Australian Open remaining as Djokovic gained his first of 14 Grand Slams.
“I’ve nice respect for Jo,” stated Djokovic. “We’ll face one another once more on this nice courtroom, hopefully. I’m wanting ahead to it.”