Tennis

Novak Djokovic meets Rafael Nadal

Scoring a bagel takes work, and it requires a top performance on serve and return. A 6-0 set boosts a player and gives him the confidence to continue at the same pace or seal the deal in style. Bagel is especially welcome at Majors when you need to conserve energy and endure challenging best-of-five duels.

Five players top the list of bagels at the Majors when we talk about the Open era. Andre Agassi leads the field with 50, followed by Roger Federer, four behind him. Rafael Nadal had 44 ahead of the Australian Open and he was joined in Melbourne after Novak Djokovic’s two 6-0 sets.

Two great rivals are now tied and Novak should have more chances to challenge Federer and Agassi in the coming years. Novak’s 16th and 17th Australian Open bagels came against Roberto Carballes Baena and Enzo Couacaud in the opening two rounds.

Djokovic was not at his best due to a hamstring injury, but still did enough to collect two perfect sets.

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal even stand at 44 bagels at Majors.

Novak started his 18th Australian Open campaign with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 win over Carballes Baena.

The Serb fired 41 winners and 21 unforced errors, served a pair of breaks in the first two sets and saved the best for the third. Carballes Baena had no more left in the tank in the third set when he could not maintain his level and experienced a bagel.

Novak turned the third set into a one-man affair, taking 24 of 28 points and sailing across the finish line. Djokovic’s 17th Australian Open bagel came in a 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-0 triumph over qualifier Enzo Couacaud. Novak dominated the sets he won and had a chance to avoid the fourth after wasting break chances in the second set.

The Frenchman took advantage of the Serb’s leg problems and claimed it in the tie break to extend the match. Novak started from scratch and grabbed the third set 6-2 to regain the momentum. With a boost, Djokovic converted the fourth break chance in the second game of the fourth set to move ahead.

Novak saved the only break chance in the next and drew Enzo’s backhand error in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. The Serbian hit two double faults in game five and still held at deuce for 5-0. Novak slotted a drop-shot winner in the sixth game for two match points and slammed a backhand down the line winner on the first to seal the deal and emerge on top.

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