New York, September 3
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brushed apart Briton Kyle Edmund 6-7(5) 6-Three 6-Four 6-2 on Wednesday after a sluggish begin to stay unbeaten in 2020 and transfer into the third spherical of the US Open.
On a scorching, humid day at Flushing Meadows, Edmund was left bathed in sweat whereas a cool and picked up Djokovic stayed on target for his 18th Grand Slam title and improved his 2020 match document to 25-0.
It stands because the second greatest begin to a season because the Serb went 41-Zero in 2011.
With the 2 different members of the game’s Big Three — Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal — absent from the event, Djokovic is heavy favorite to hoist the trophy and the Serb overcame a gradual begin to present why.
“Mentally, Kyle played a fantastic first set, did not do much wrong,” mentioned Djokovic, who celebrated his victory by transferring to the centre of the court docket and acknowledging the canned applause.
“It was anybody’s game really for a set and a half,” he said. “Winning the second set I felt extra snug.”
“Overall, it was a very good test and I am happy to get through.”
Edmund took a decent opening set, laying down an ace to clinch the tiebreak 7-5.
It was solely the sixth set Djokovic had dropped going all the way in which again to the Australian Open and he didn’t give up one other to the 44th-ranked Briton.
A serve that was misfiring within the first started to search out the mark within the second, the Serb securing the early break on an Edmund double fault on the way in which to levelling the match.
Djokovic once more seized the initiative within the second with back-to-back breaks to leap forward 4-1 however struggled to shut out the set, Edmund rallying to chop the benefit to 5-Four earlier than the three-times champion held for a 2-1 lead.
When Djokovic broke to open the fourth Edmund’s final little bit of resistance vanished and the Serb delivered an emphatic knockout punch to arrange a third-round conflict with Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.
“I played a great match against him at the Western and Southern Open but it is different conditions here,” mentioned Djokovic.
“If we are going to play on centre court, he is a big server there is not much breeze so that probably helps the server.”
“Let’s see, I like my chances best-of-five.” Reuters