Djokovic was dominant in his first appearance at the United Cup.

United Cup: Novak Djokovic breezes past Zhizhen Zhang in straight sets

In a dominant display, the ATP World No. 1 effortlessly defeated Zhang Zhizhen with a score of 6-3, 6-2, securing a comfortable 1-0 lead for Serbia in their group clash against China in Perth. Djokovic displayed exceptional skill and consistency in every aspect of his game.

Novak Djokovic displayed his impressive skills to an enthusiastic Perth crowd, securing a victory over Zhizhen Zhang in straight sets at RAC Arena.

Making his long-awaited return to Perth after ten years, the world No. 1 captivated the crowd with an exhilarating performance, defeating the top Chinese star 6-3, 6-2, and securing Serbia’s first win in the United Cup.

The 24-time grand slam champion showcased his expertise right from the start, delivering three consecutive aces against the world No. 58.

Zhang displayed a high level of professionalism on the court and showcased impressive power, even in the face of unprecedented challenges.

What was truly remarkable was the 27-year-old’s skill in saving a break point early on, allowing him to maintain his hold and stay in control of the first set.

Djokovic quickly gained momentum, securing two early breaks to surge ahead with a commanding 4-0 lead.

Zhang put forth a commendable effort to remain competitive in the contest, relying on his powerful service game. However, Djokovic’s superior skill was evident as he gained a match point at 5-1.

Despite Zhang’s valiant effort to save the match point, he struggled to make any headway against Djokovic’s serve.

Consequently, he could only delay the inevitable, as Djokovic concluded the match in the same manner it began—with a powerful ace—in just 72 minutes.

I had some initial difficulties. I was not in sync with the tempo and rhythm for perhaps the initial five or six games,” Djokovic admitted.

However, it is to be expected when one goes without playing an official match for more than a month. It may require some initial effort to get the engines up and running.

He was performing at a high level, with little at stake.

“The service was exceptional on my part. Whenever I found myself in a tight spot at 15-all or 30-all on my service games, I consistently delivered a strong serve.”

After breaking his serve at 3-2 in the first set, it seemed like the momentum shifted in my favour. I sensed a greater sense of fluidity as I swung through the ball.

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