Djokovic cruises amid tough conditions

Updated: January 17, 2012, 8:37 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic won three of the four majors last year, five Masters titles and went 70-6. It was one of the best seasons in tennis history, and those who say it's the best shouldn't be considered loopy. The Roger-Rafa duopoly turned into the Djokovic monopoly.

But in his first official match of 2012 at the Australian Open, Djokovic faced a significant, familiar obstacle: the heat.

Three years ago at this same venue, Djokovic wilted against Andy Roddick in ...

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