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Serena Willliams and Novak Djokovic make it look easy in Australian Open first-round victories

Serena Willliams and Novak Djokovic make it look easy in Australian Open first-round victories

Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic opened their title defenses with straight-set wins at the Australian Open in back-to-back matches on Rod Laver Arena.

The dominant players in tennis entered the season's first major after contrasting preparations, with Williams coming off a left knee problem that limited her court time and Djokovic warming up with a run to the title at Doha, Qatar.

Williams made a bright start, in a way, holding up one finger and twirling in her neon yellow two-piece outfit to celebrate her 6-4, 7-5 over Camila Giorgi on Monday. Djokovic had a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Chung Hyeon of South Korea.

Williams and Djokovic each won three of the four major...

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