Re: AO R2 - Djokovic def. Chardy: 7-5, 6-1, 6-3
As the cliche goes, Chardy's belief deserted him after the first set, but those initial twelve games were played in a very competitive spirit. Djokovic roared in Chardy's face when he'd secured the 7-5, knowing he'd dodged a bullet, and even though the Frenchman fell off in the next two sets Djokovic was pretty exceptional. His anticipation was something special, and the problems he seemed to be having with the racket early on soon dissipated in a blaze of almost perfect baseline tennis, taking him to 7-5 6-1 5-1. A little concentration lapse from Djoko ensured the match went on longer than it should have, but this was a good test for him that he passed with flying colours. He looked every bit the title contender some of us knew he would be before the tournament started. All he needed was a bit of a recharge in the off-season; his problems in the later stages of 2008 have, I suspect, overly influenced the bookies' longer odds on him.