New York, August 29
Novak Djokovic saved his unbeaten streak in 2020 alive as he survived a horrible begin to defeat Milos Raonic 1-6 6-Three 6-Four within the remaining of the Western & Southern Open on Saturday.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off Raonic’s mighty serve to increase his 2020 successful run to 23-0, clinching his 80th profession title and equalling Rafael Nadal’s file of 35 Masters 1000 wins.
Battling by way of a neck harm, Djokovic struggled early within the match as he produced 4 double faults within the first set. Raonic took benefit of the world primary’s misfiring serve to shut out the set in simply 30 minutes.
“Was a bit slow at the beginning, but I thought I did well, considering the form that Milos is in,” the 33-year-old Serbian informed reporters.
“He’s serving rockets on the court, and it’s really hard to return. You need all the freshness mentally and all the focus that you can possibly have.” Djokovic, who had overwhelmed the 29-year-old Canadian in all 10 of their earlier match-ups, got here roaring again, unleashing his highly effective forehand and successful 4 straight video games within the remaining set.
The match, a remaining tune-up forward of the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday, was staged in entrance of empty stands at Flushing Meadows as a substitute of its normal venue in Mason close to Cincinnati, Ohio. The match fashioned a part of a safe bubble that was created because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Djokovic faces Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday within the first spherical of the Grand Slam, which is being staged with none followers in attendance this 12 months because of the coronavirus outbreak.
“There is a certain tension,” mentioned Djokovic, who was closely criticised earlier this 12 months after he and three different gamers contracted COVID-19 throughout an exhibition occasion he had organised within the Balkan area.
“Everyone is obviously being careful, but at the same time everyone needs to pay attention and follow the protocols and restrictions that are in place.” Reuters