Roger Federer and Serena Williams warned over Australian Open conditions by Novak Djokovic

Roger Federer and Serena Williams are set to compete in Australian Open conditions which players do not enjoy – according to world No 2 Novak Djokovic.

Wind has caused havoc to servers in a blustery Melbourne on day three as the second round of matches got underway.

Djokovic showed no signs of the conditions affecting him as he breezed past Tatsuma Ito in the afternoon session.

Rod Laver Arena is much more sheltered than the outside courts but the gust was still evident.

Williams is due on centre court at 7pm (8am GMT) for her clash with Tamnara Zidansek and Federer follows when he takes on Filip Krajinovic.

However, Djokovic has warned that no players like playing with such a big variable.

“I was like, ‘Yes, it’s going to be a windy day’,” Djokovic joked. “I love the wind (laughter). I’m being sarcastic now, of course.

“I don’t think players enjoy these kind of conditions, to be honest. It is what it is. You have to accept them and embrace the fact that you’re going to – I guess you’re going to be challenged on different levels, not just by your opponent, but also the conditions.

“That’s okay. I accepted it. I came into the match and played extremely well at the beginning. Got 5-Love lead up after 15 minutes. I’m just overall pleased with the performance.

Djokovic dropped just seven games in a hugely dominant win over Ito as the pair spent one hour and 35 minutes on court.

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The Japanese star struggled to win many points on the 16-time Grand Slam winner’s serve.

“First match-up against Ito. I haven’t actually seen him play too many times before,” Djokovic explained.

“I did my homework with the team, analysed a little bit his game, kind of prepared for something that he’s going to bring on the court.

“I think in the second set we went toe-to-toe till 4-All when I made that crucial break. My serve was working extremely well in the first round and the second round.

“That’s something I worked on in the off-season. That’s one of the priorities I guess of the training sessions, trying to get that I think advantage of winning a lot of easy points on the first serve.

“It has been paying off so far I think in ATP Cup and here, two matches.”

Next up for Djokovic is a third-round tie with another Japanese star Yoshihito Nishioka on Friday.

“He’s one of the quickest players we have on the tour and doesn’t make too many mistakes,” Djokovic said.

“He has a really efficient backhand. He can step in. He can defend well from forehand. He likes to spin the ball to the opponent’s backhand side.

“We’ll see. Obviously I have to be I guess dictating the play, a bit more aggressive. Hopefully I’ll be serving well. That’s going to definitely help.”

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