Novak Djokovic sent a strong message to his fellow competitors after the Serb won his opening round match at the Madrid Open, outlasting Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in three exciting sets 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 in 2 hours and 17 minutes.
The World No.2 was completely dominant in the Opening Set, breaking the Almagro serve thrice including the very first service game. Though he was broken back once, he should his class by breaking the Spaniard’s serve twice again to eventually take the set 6-1 in just under an hour.
With three aces and a healthy 71% first serve percentage, Djokovic was relentless on his serve, winning 80% points on his first serve. He was very aggressive on the Almagro second serve, dropping just 1 point out of the 9 played.
The Second Set was closer than the first one with both players going head to head till the later stage of the set until Almagro made his move in the tenth game, getting the only break of the set and equalizing the match at 1 set a piece.
Almagro served more cautiously this time around, saving all 4 of the break points he faced in the second set, with an effective first serve, winning 81% of the points when his first serve went in.
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The deciding set was the closest out of the three with no clear favourite right till the end. But it was Almagro who raced to a 3-0 lead only to see it go out of hands with Djokovic coming back strongly.
Djokovic then made his final move in the 11th game, breaking the Spaniard’s serve for one last time to eventually hold and move into the next round in over 2 hours.