Flying begin


NEW YORK, September 1

Novak Djokovic acquired his marketing campaign to win a fourth US Open, and 18th Grand Slam title total, off to a flying begin yesterday by beating Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-Four 6-1 to advance to the second spherical.

Djokovic broke Dzumhur’s serve for a seventh time to seal the win within the first evening match on Arthur Ashe Stadium courtroom, which, as a result of Covid-19, was lacking the hundreds of rowdy New York tennis followers that often flock to Queens yearly.

After a dominant begin, Djokovic struggled within the second set and misplaced his mood even after closing it out.

“I thought I started very well, a set and a break (up) then things got complicated,” a masked Djokovic stated in courtside interview. “I lost my focus, he started missing less and he put some good variety in the game… it was anybody’s game midway through the second set.”

In the top, Dzumhur had no reply to the world No. 1’s blistering serve and stout defence.

‘Awkward’

Serbian Djokovic stated the behaviour of some members of his assist employees throughout his victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Dzumhur had left him feeling a “bit strange” because of the friendship between the 2 gamers. “Sometimes you don’t want your box to clap when your opponent makes a mistake. Damir is a very good friend and it was a little bit awkward,” Djokovic stated.

‘Feel fine’

Djokovic, who received his fourth title of the 12 months on the Western & Southern Open on Saturday, has improved to 24-Zero within the season. Djokovic’s well being had been a query coming into the match after he wanted therapy on his neck final week however he stated he had recovered. “I feel fine, to be honest I did struggle a bit in the semis and final back-to-back but I had 48 hours to recover,” stated Djokovic.

— Reuters


Day 1 HIGHLIGHTS

Coco KNOCKED OUT

Coco Gauff, 16, was eradicated within the opening spherical of a Grand Slam for the primary time in her profession as Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova beat her 6-Three 5-7 6-4.

ZVEREV serves it sizzling

Fifth seed Alexander Zverev (in pic) acquired by a tough first-round encounter in opposition to 2017 finalist Kevin Anderson, successful 7-6(2) 5-7 6-Three 7-5. Anderson fired 20 aces to Zverev’s 18 however the South African, who returned after a sequence of accidents, was no match for the German’s groundstrokes.

Pliskova wins

Top seed Karolina Pliskova beat Anhelina Kalinina 6-Four 6-Zero to maneuver into Round 2.

Other outcomes

Men’s singles

Stefanos Tsitsipas bt Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2 6-1 6-1; Steve Johnson bt John Isner 6-7(5) 6-Three 6-7(5) 6-Three 7-6(3); David Goffin bt Reilly Opelka 7-6(2) 3-6 6-1 6-4; Denis Shapovalov bt Sebastian Korda 6-Four 4-6 6-Three 6-2; Cameron Norrie bt Diego Schwartzman 3-6 4-6 6-2 6-1 7-5

Women’s singles

Petra Martic bt Tereza Martincova 5-7 6-2 6-4; Anett Kontaveit bt Danielle Collins 5-7 6-2 6-2; Petra Kvitova bt Irina-Camelia Begu 6-Three 6-2; Angelique Kerber bt Ajla Tomljanovic 6-Four 6-4


Osaka allays damage fears

Japan’s Naomi Osaka confirmed no indicators of discomfort from the damage that compelled her to overlook a closing on Saturday however the former US Open champion needed to dig deep to beat compatriot Misaki Doi 6-2 5-7 6-2 in her opener. A left hamstring damage had compelled Osaka to withdraw from the Western & Southern Open closing. “The leg felt relatively good. It was still a little bit sore … But then during the match, it slowly got a little bit worse. For the most part I’m managing,” Osaka stated.

Racial injustice

Osaka (in pic) says she needs to unfold consciousness about racial injustice after the 22-year-old walked onto courtroom with a masks bearing the identify of Breonna Taylor. Osaka, who moved to the US as a three-year-old, has seven separate masks along with her and hopes to put on a unique one at every stage on her path to the ultimate. The masks she wore was devoted to Taylor, a Black lady killed by law enforcement officials who burst into her condo in March. Reuters



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