Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Djokovic wins first-round at U.S. Open

Djokovic wins first-round at U.S. Open

Novak Djokovic defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in the opening round at the U.S. Open.

Djokovic is the overwhelming favorite to win his fourth men’s championship and he cruised in his first-round matchup at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic pounded his chest and raised his racket in the air, keeping his celebratory routine intact even without fans in the stadium.

Djokovic is 24-0 in 2020 and has won 18 of his last 19 matches overall in Grand Slam tournaments.

In the secon roun he will face Kyle Edmund.

“[Kyle] does have a really good serve and forehand, two really big weapons,” said Djokovic. “I had some really good matches against him in the past. [At] Wimbledon, [we played a] tough four-setter a few years ago. He doesn't feel so much pressure, I think, playing on the big court.

“He actually likes the challenge. I have a lot of respect for him. He's a really hard worker, [he] puts a lot of hours on and off the court into perfecting his game… He does have the game and the potential to be in the Top 20 without a doubt, where I expect him to be soon. So it's going to be a tough one. I'm sure he has not so much to lose in that match.”