Djokovic wins opening match at Australian Open
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 02:13 PM
Serbia's Novak Djokovic stretches out for a return shot to United States' Donald Young during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara )
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Six-time champion Novak Djokovic has advanced to the second round of the Australian Open for the 12th consecutive year, beating American Donald Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
Young didn't go out without a fight, however, saving four match points on his serve in the ninth game of the final set before Djokovic served out the match in the next game.
The 14th-seeded Djokovic was playing his first official tournament match since a six-month layoff after a right elbow injury kept him off the circuit since Wimbledon, where he lost in the quarterfinals.
He appeared to not be affected by any elbow issues during the Margaret Court Arena match.