Winning a major championship is much more than registering seven consecutive wins Novak Djokovic has been on the road 17 times and knows it better than most of the others

Wednesday’s second round at the Australian Open brought challenges of its own.One was the first day it got really hot this late tennis summer, and he often had to find himself in the shadowy streaks at either end of the Rod Laver Arena flee It was a factor in the fluid form of the game Djokovic usually plays at night, the privilege of the champion

Another was the RLA dish “This is the fastest ever” Said Djokovic You just have to serve well It’s better for large serversâ ????

Novak Djokovic (left) is congratulated by the United States Frances Tiafoe after winning her game in the second round on WednesdayCredit: AP

Then there were a handful of hecklers who were there for his opponent and were all the more evident when there was a lack of numbers in the sparsely populated grandstands.For Djokovic, having fans in his case is a professional danger on that day they received a lecture by an usher who, unaware of what was being said, appeared to be overly critical

Last but not least, there is always the man on the other side of the net, the challenger. On that day it was Frances Tiafoe, the umpteenth other opponent Djokovic had faced in his professional career, the umpteenth other Problem to Solve ATP statisticians are still calculating the exact number

Tiafoe was a special mystery As the American son of refugees from Sierra León, he plays a somewhat unorthodox game with a forehand action that owes something to table tennis Djokovic might not have seen anything like it

At 23, he is not a child prodigy. Rather, he has been hovering in the middle of the top 100 for several years. He reached the quarter-finals here in 2019, but nowhere before or since a new management this year could mean new impulses That competition seemed to say it

For Djokovic it was more robust than it looks on the 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3 line. It took more than three and a half hours. Later, Djokovic said that he always did it that way the first week would, but he could say it had been removed from a safe by then

This combination of dynamics created an arrhythmic competition that contradicted Djokovic’s metronomic methods.There were at least two wrong characters Djokovic opened the match with three consecutive aces and won the first eight points but eventually fought for the first set

Also in the third set he won eight points in a row at the beginning, but was pulled to and through a tie-breaker before winning it In between, Tiafoe brought the second set in a tie-breaker away from a then listless Djokovic Strangely enough he’s a waster with breakpoints

“He pushed me to the limit” Said Djokovic The second and third movements were very close Sometimes I was too passive I didn’t feel my timing as well as usual Credit to him He put me in a difficult placeâ ?? ??

Djokovic scored 26 aces for the match, an abundance for him, and Tiafoe 23, a personal best. They also played 35 rallies of 10 or more strokes and one that lasted 33. Needless to say, Djokovic also put his opponent in But it was a game of constant one-upmanship

When a dignified encounter reached its pivotal point in the third set, creeping shadows became a complication in trying to watch the ball, but eventually a relief

Only in the fourth sentence did everyone get back to type Another time violation cost Tiafoe a first serve at a pivotal moment, and there was also an audible violation of profanity that it was a wonder the usher didn’t finger at him either waved it was a shame

His serve was broken, and so did he. Finally it looked like a Djokovic match that was on a steady course. Tiafoe’s tired double fault at the match point ended it. Ultimately, the match showed why Djokovic is where he is and maybe also why Tiafoe is where he is

Djokovic was generous to Tiafoe, hugging him on the net, sympathizing with his mini meltdown at the height of the game, and leading the crowd at the end in an additional applause to Djokovic has had a lot of practice in being and gracious to defeated opponents Schtick is well sanded

The challenges continue to get worse Djokovic threw three more large servers ahead, including Taylor Fritz in the next round

But he’s Novak Djokovic, and even in his new high-speed state, RLA remains his loss

It was just that Tiafoe played a prank on him for a while today by moving his chair

Djokovic, Tiafoe, France Tiafoe

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