Novak Djokovic wasted little time in securing his place in the second round of the 2021 Australian Open.
Chardy was little match for the reigning champion, who is aiming to win his ninth title at Melbourne Park – his favourite Grand Slam.
The result ensured that Djokovic now has 14 wins in a row against Chardy – and 33 sets in succession.
The Serb did not even give away a single break opportunity all match as he cruised through in alarmingly confident fashion.
Remarkably, Djokovic only committed 11 unforced errors with 41 winners as he clinched the win in just one hour and 31 minutes.
“There’s an ongoing love affair with me and this court,” he said in his on-court interview.
“I’ve been lucky to have so much success on this court and hopefully it will continue for many years.”
“It makes my heart full to see so many people in the stadium. This is the most people I’ve seen on a tennis court in 12 months. Thank you.”