Novak Djokovic cruises in Australian opener

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic said he wasn't going to look too far forward in 2016.

Coming off one of the most spectacular seasons in history, his ability to compartmentalize is perhaps as important as his world-class groundstrokes.

The world No. 1 by a wide margin, Djokovic was focused from the opening point in a deliberate 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 first-round win over Hyeon Chung on Monday at the Australian Open. Djokovic, who is hoping to build on his Open era record of five Aussie titles, has now won 33 of his past 34 matches in Australia

Last season's championship was the beginning of what ended as one of the great single-season efforts in ATP history. Djokovic went 82-6 with three major titles to bring his total to 10. He became only the third player since 1968 to reach all four Grand Slam finals in one year. His only blemish came against Stan Wawrinka in the French Open final.

"This court [Rod Laver Arena] is my most successful in my career," Djokovic said in his on-court interview. "I've had many memorable moments. It's great to be back. I played against a player I never played before, but he's 19 and one of the rising stars. He's tall and solid game from baseline. He needs more experience but has the game to be at top."

A 1-to-6.5 favorite heading into this year's Australian Open, according to Tabbet, Djokovic quickly stretched his lead after a competitive first set. In the second frame, Djokovic won 12 of his 13 first serves, while Chung, one of five teenagers in the draw, began to press and misfire.

Djokovic ended the third set nearly as swiftly, with a 119 mph serve down the T to send the Serb into the second round against either Quentin Halys or Ivan Dodig.

Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori also won in straight sets. Nishikori had one of the more intriguing first-round matchups but broke Philipp Kohlschreiber four times in the 1 hour, 55 minute encounter. With temperatures soaring into the mid-90s, Nishikori was happy to get off the court in relatively short time.

"It was hot, but luckily I got finished," Nishikori said. "It's very dry here, so actually didn't sweat very much."

Djokovic began this season where he left off a year ago. In Doha, the Serb soared to the title, the 60th of his career, which included a thorough 6-1, 6-2 beatdown of rival Rafael Nadal in the final.

After beating Chung, the world No. 1 said life on the tennis court has been nothing but uphill since the birth of his son 15 months ago. Then he delivered this message to his wife, Jelena Ristic:

"Darling, I guess we need to make more babies."