MELBOURNE PARK, Australia – Top seed Novak Djokovic routed birthday boy Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-0, 6-1, 6-1 in an hour and 15 minutes to advance to the fourth round of the Australian Open.
“I wish him happy birthday and hopefully tonight he can enjoy it,” Djokovic said.
“Well, it felt great. Obviously I feel for my opponent, who evidently could not move on the court. He could not get over, you know, into the rally two, three strokes.
“You know, I think most of the people expected him to just retire the match and walk out of the court. But he managed to stay. So all the credit for him and happy birthday.
“Well, considering the fact that I lost two games the whole match, I think I’ve played really, really well. You know, I’m not taking his situation right now in matter. But looking just of my game was really well, really fantastic from serve, the return, all the shots, going to the net.
“I’m happy with the way my first week went here in Australia, and hopefully I can contin