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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 January 2008, 02:22 GMT
Djokovic v Becker as it happened
Australian Open, Melbourne

Men's first-round result


6-0 6-2 7-6 (7-5)


By Chris Bevan

0220: That was relatively straightforward for Djokovic wasn't it? The sort of first-round performance against a dangerous outsider that we wanted Andy Murray to produce a few hours ago...and didn't get. Thanks for keeping me company - Ms Caroline Cheese will be with you later this morning to watch Roger Federer begin the defence of his men's title. I'd get some shut-eye before then if I were you.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 7-6 (7-5) Becker
Djokovic finds himself 0-3 down in the tie-break and with work to do. Two poor service points by Becker help his cause and, before you know it we are on match-point, which the Serb duly converts to seal his progress. Job done.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 6-6 Becker
Becker is not done yet either. A solid service game, wrapped up with a neat putaway from a tight angle, means we are into a tie-break.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 6-5 Becker
Djokovic seems a bit impatient to close this one out, while Benny is trying to dig in. The German is not getting close to another break though so he will again have to serve to stay in this match.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 5-5 Becker
Djokovic scents victory and ups the ante a little - but loses a little bit of control at the same time. Becker is in a bit of trouble at 15-30 but that big serve comes to his rescue again and we are not quite done yet.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 5-4 Becker
Both players are struggling in the sun and trying to find as much shade as possible at the Rod Laver Arena between games - there isn't a lot though. Becker has half a chance for a crucial break on a second serve at 30-30 and attacks with relish but Djoko survives to hold with relative ease and he is now one game away from the second round.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 4-4 Becker
This is better from Becker but so much of his game relies on his big first serve it's untrue. Lucky for him then that he serves immaculately to hold with ease.

"I was recently in Morocco watching Hicham Arazi easing past an unknown. I offered to take over from said unknown and crushed the legendary former world number 22."
Anon on text 81111

"It's good to see Becker making a fight of this third set but Djokovic looks the real deal - a great mover with very few weaknesses."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey in Melbourne

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 4-3 Becker
You sense Djoko is not exactly playing at 100% but you can't blame him really because the temperature is rising at the Rod Laver Arena - that sun looks a scorcher. After a bit of a fight by Benny, Djoko holds out again.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 3-3 Becker
A service break now could be fatal for Benny and his first serve promptly disappears from view. He battles back though and saves a break point to stay in this match by the skin of his teeth.

"Oh well that's easy. I'm Anna Chakvetadze's brother. Also, if you get bored Chris, why were you playing at Highbury and what single word sums up the pain of a double leg break?"
James, from Southampton on text 81111

James, I was playing in a game for journalists just before the ground was knocked down and that one word would be "AAAAAAAAAAGH". I will go down in history as the last player to break his leg at Highbury though. Not a claim to fame I ever thought I would have, but something to tell the grandchildren.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 3-2 Becker
Djoko is firing on all cylinders now, while poor old Benny is starting to look a bit tired. If he's not careful he could be on a plane back to Germany very soon for a long rest.

"I have to agree with Jon, Novak is in menancing form. It seems as though Benny has been taking long ball lessons from Sam Allardyce."
Tim, from Birmingham on text 81111

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 2-2 Becker
Benny was a break up in this third set but, erm, he isn't any more. A sweet forehand down the line puts Djokovic 0-40 up and a double-fault means we are all square again.

"Becker has woken up just a little but Djokovic still looks utterly at ease. He is full of authority on court and taking the majority of the points - this is how we wanted Andy Murray to play."
BBC Sport's Chris Bailey in Melbourne

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 1-2 Becker
Some errors are starting to creep into Djokovic's game. Let's put them down to carelessness right now but he still has to fight for this game. Benny sees a break-point go begging and Djoko can afford a smile as he holds out.

"I once saw former Wimbledon finalist Mal Washington on a bus in Peru wearing a trilby hat. I also did not, but is that obscure enough to get on?"
Anon on text 81111

That's more like it. Although it would obviously be far better if it had actually happened.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 0-2 Becker
A strange game, this one. Benny cannot get his first serve in for toffee to begin with but he finally gets his act together, converting an overhead at full stretch to hold serve.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 0-1 Becker
If Djokovic is allowed one off-game match then this is certainly it. Some wayward shots sees Benny break him to love but I'd be surprised if this is the start of a comeback. I could be wrong though.

Djokovic 6-0 6-2 Becker
Becker just isn't consistent enough, I'm afraid. He's got power but not enough accuracy and Djokovic knows he can rely on unforced errors without trying to win points for himself. Having said that, a superb return gives the Serb the second set and we have not even been playing for an hour at the Rod Laver Arena an

"Djokovic is going to romp this one. It's another day at the office. You can't beat him for substance."
Jon on text 81111

Djokovic 6-0 5-2 Becker
A slight loss of concentration from Djokovic but an ace puts him back on track and Benny sends a forehand long to leave him on the brink in the second set.

"Would you be impressed if I told you Boris Becker is my uncle? He's not, as it happens, but I was just wondering."
James, from Southampton on text 81111

Nice try James but a Becker namecheck (or even unclecheck) is a probably a bit too mainstream to impress me. If you were related to an obscure tour player, then that would be a different story.

Djokovic 6-0 4-2 Becker
Djokovic is known for his raking forehand and he shows why to put Benny's serve in trouble again. After all his hard work, the German is broken again and he has a lot of work to do to salvage this second set.

"I slept this afternoon from 5 to 11. Going to work and revise all through the night whilst watching the tennis and sleep in the intervals between lectures and seminars. That should work all right..."
Dan, from Exeter on text 81111

An interesting approach. Are you going to try to live in the twilight zone for the entire fortnight Dan?

Djokovic 6-0 3-2 Becker
The word on these new blue courts is that they are faster with new balls - the surface then slows them down because it gradually fluffs them up. Not that you would notice with the way these service games are going - Djokovic holds again without too many problems.

Is there anyone out there? Are you watching tennis? Let me know by texting 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

Djokovic 6-0 2-2 Becker
The Becker serve is back in the groove and he is certainly in this second set. Djokovic doesn't even see a couple of those bad boys fly past him, let alone reach them, and we are all square in this second set again.

Djokovic 6-0 2-1 Becker
Not that Djokovic is wobbling though. Some mighty serving from the Serb puts Benny back in his place.

Djokovic 6-0 1-1 Becker
Benny, who is definitely no relation to Boris by the way, gets his serve up and running at last and gets his reward with his first game. A raised hand shows he is pleased to be off the mark in this match, and so I am I for that matter.

Djokovic 6-0 1-0 Becker
So will the second set be any better for Benny? The answer, sadly, is no. He does get Djokovic scurrying around the court for the first time but the end result is still the same - the Serb holds out for his seventh-successive game.

Djokovic 6-0 Becker
Djokovic calls his trainer in for attention on his knee - not sure how he has aggravated that, he has not exactly had his work cut out so far. Maybe a glimmer of hope for Benny?

Well, he wins a couple of points, but that's not enough to stop Djokovic in this mood. That's the first set done and dusted in just 22 minutes.

A quick update from elsewhere at Melbourne Park. Women's sixth seed Anna Chakvetadze is into the second round in double-quick time after Germany's Andrea Petkovic retires with a knee injury sustained in the very first game of their match. Hardly worth the air fare Down Under that...

Djokovic 5-0 Becker
This is getting a bit embarrassing for old Benny. Djokovic holds to love and he is probably making plans for the rest of his afternoon - a film perhaps, or maybe a bite to eat?

Djokovic 4-0 Becker
Benny just hasn't turned up yet - the German is broken to love again and he has only won three points so far in this match.

For those fashion fans amongst you, Benny is wearing his baseball cap backwards. Some of my colleagues love to describe this look as being 'like an early 90s eastern European rap star', while I prefer 'like a tennis player'...he will need his hat today too, it is getting hot on the Rod Laver Arena.

Djokovic 3-0 Becker
This is impressive stuff by the Serb. His second serve is giving Benny enough problems but his first serve is unreturnable. far.

Djokovic 2-0 Becker
That Becker serve doesn't look as big as it was billed and Djokivic takes full advantage, showing off his two-handed backhand for the first time and breaking extremely comfortably to love.

Becker, by the way, is known to his friends as Benny - so that's what we'll be calling him too.

Djokovic 1-0 Becker
Solid enough start by Djokovic - his serve is a little stodgy but his forehand is up to speed already and he holds comfortably.

0018: Away we go. Djokovic to serve first.

0017: As for Becker, well, apart from a famous tennis surname, the German has a huge serve. It's actually enormous. He hasn't won anything but he did end Andre Agassi's career when he beat him at the 2006 US Open.

So are you a tennis junkie, living your life by Melbourne time for the next two weeks? Let me know by texting 81111 with the word TENNIS before your comment.

0015: So what's the crack with Dokovic then? Well, he's seven days younger than Andy Murray and has achieved a lot more than our man with the mullet in his short career so far. A spectacular 2007 saw him reach the US Open final and the semi-finals at Roland Garros and Wimbledon - he's got Roger Federer's number too so expect him to make a mark in Australia.

0012: It's a scorching day in Melbourne, apparently. A lot warmer than Shepherd's Bush anyway. The players are out on court and knocking up - both are wearing blue so they will blend in nicely with the courts. I'll book my opticians appointment now.

0000: Morning all. So, no Brits left in the Australian Open singles then? Oh dear. Let's not worry about that now though - there is still plenty of top tennis action coming up for your delectation, with third seed Novak Dokovic beginning his campaign against Benjamin Becker.

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