Djokovic and Ivanovic open 2011 on a high
Novak Djokovic kick-started his 2011 campaign with victory at the Hopman Cup as Serbia cruised to victory over Kazakhstan.
Djokovic and partner Ana Ivanovic justified their status as top seeds in the mixed team event to seal a convincing 3-0 victory in Perth.
Djokovic overcame a shaky start to beat Andrey Golubev 4-6 6-3 6-1 and give Serbia an unassailable 2-0 lead.
The world No. 3 started slowly and found himself a set down against the big-hitting Golubev, but an early break put Djokovic in control of the second set, and he swiftly wrapped up the victory, dropping a single game in the final set.
Ivanovic had earlier given Serbia the lead with a 7-6(6) 6-1 win over Yaroslava Shvedova. The former world No. 1 also struggled to make her mark in the early stages, but after edging the opening set on a tiebreak, cruised through the second set to wrap up the victory.
The Serbian pair, who are childhood friends, completed the whitewash with a 7-6 6-4 win over the Kazakh duo.
British pair Andy Murray and Laura Robson begin their campaign on Monday against Italy's Francesca Schiavone and Potito Starace.