Melbourne - Bulgaria's world No 3 Grigor Dimitrov breezed
through his opening round in straight sets at the Australian Open on Monday.
Chasing his first Grand Slam title, he was too strong for
Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in 98 minutes on Rod
Dimitrov, in Rafael Nadal's top half of the draw, broke
Novak's service six times and only had two break points on his own serve.
It was a smooth opening performance by a man who has never
been beyond the semi-finals of a Grand Slam.
"I love playing on this court, it was tricky weather
with a lot of wind in the warm-up and I tried to be compact and focused,"
"It's always a dream of mine to win a Slam, this is the
next step, and the only thing I can do is to give 100 percent in each