Djokovic through in Mexico on return
Djokovic has not played since his shock second round exit at the Australian Open in January, and showed signs of ring-rustiness before defeating Klizan 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) before a raucous Mexican crowd.
“I wasn’t expecting an easy match, that’s for sure,” said Djokovic. “The field here is very strong and I got a collision in the first round against a guy who is well known for playing his best tennis on the big stage.
“But all in all it was a good performance to win in straight sets. A tough second set but it’s exactly what I needed at this moment to test myself and my game and I’m looking forward to the next challenge.”
The 29-year-old Serbian started slowly and was forced to save two break points in the third game of the first set before hanging on for a 2-1 lead.
He had to save a further break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead but then swiftly punished world number 62 Klizan with a break to go 4-2 up.
The contest then went with serve as Djokovic claimed the opening set.
Klizan was soon in trouble in the second set as he suffered a break in the opening game before Djokovic held for 2-0.
That proved to be the cue for a mini-collapse, however, as Djokovic was broken twice and Klizan raced into a 4-2 lead.
But the 27-year-old Slovak’s composure deserted him and Djokovic broke back and held to level at 4-4.
The set went with serve to go into a tie-break and once again Djokovic’s superior experience of pressure situations told, Klizan snatching at a forehand that went long to give his opponent match point.
Djokovic duly sealed the win with a deft lob that left Klizan scrambling to return before finishing with a volley into an open court.
Elsewhere Tuesday, another former world number one Rafael Nadal eased into the second round with a straight sets victory over Germany’s Mischa Zverev.
Nadal took 1hr 17min to advance past the world number 30 6-4, 6-3.
Australia’s Bernard Tomic wilted in the sultry conditions against American Donald Young before retiring citing the heat.
Tomic lost the first set in a tie-break 7-6 (7/5) but then retired before the second set got under way.
Tomic’s fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios survived a scare in his opening round game before defeating Israel’s Dudi Sela in three sets, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
In other matches, third seed Marin Cilic advanced to the second round with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.
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