WORLD No1 Novak Djokovic says he does not feel “in the zone” just yet, despite a straightforward 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 triumph over German Florian Mayer.
The 2011 champion was dominant for the most part yesterday, but thinks his best tennis is still to come.
“Being in the zone means that you have focused all your abilities – mental, emotional, physical – and you’re determined to play your best on the court,” he said. “It’s not easy to get in that special place. Hopefully I can elevate my game as the tournament goes on.”
While Juan Martin del Potro and Tommy Haas also progressed in straight sets, not all the male seeds had things their own way.
Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, seeded 16, threw away at two-set led against world No50 Ivan Dodig, before retiring while trailing 2-1 in the decider, blaming a bought of flu. And No21 seed Sam Querrey lost in five sets to Bernard Tomic.
In the women’s draw, No1 seed Serena Williams sailed through against Mandy Minella, while Sam Stosur, Na Li and 42-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm also progressed.