Djokovic advances in the quest for Grand Slam

 Djokovic advances in the quest for Grand Slam

Djokovic advances in the quest for Grand Slam sweep

Djokovic advances in the quest for Grand Slam sweep. A STOIC Novak Djokovic faced early resistance in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night—both from his lean and green opponent and the rowdy fans in attendance—but the World No.1 eventually cleared all hurdles and sped past a cramping Holger Rune, 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, to move six victories from a perfect Grand Slam season.

It was inspired tennis that the 18-year-old Dane produced in the second set, and it earned Rune the support of the crowd, who regularly chanted his surname, stretching the syllable wide enough to make it sound like a bona fide Bronx cheer.

Djokovic advances in the quest

 A STOIC Novak Djokovic faced early resistance in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday nigh
A STOIC Novak Djokovic faced early

“I didn’t know what they were chanting honestly. I thought they were booing,” Djokovic would tell the media after the match, adding: “But I’ve been in these particular atmospheres before, so I knew how to handle it.”

The crowd reached its apex in the second set when Djokovic, now 16-0 in first-round matches at the US Open, momentarily lost the plot while serving at 6-1, 4-3.

Moments later the 20-time Slam champion dropped a second-set tiebreak, allowing Rune to draw level at a set apiece.

“Just tried to feel the ball out there,” said Djokovic after the match.

“It wasn’t the best of my performances but at the same time he played well in the second set when it mattered and I didn’t serve well in the decisive moments of the second set. It was just staying in the moment and rectifying the errors that I had.”

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Nonplussed, Djokovic set about his business and kept his cards close to his vest as Rune started to suffer physically in the third set, apparently suffering from cramps that would not relinquish their grip on his body.

The Serb raced through the third set, his expression never changing, and waltzed similarly through the fourth as Rune’s torment finally eased when the last ball was struck.

Djokovic advances in the quest

Djokovic moves one victory closer to becoming the first male player to win the Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, and sets a second-round clash with Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor.
Djokovic advances in the quest for Grand Slam

Djokovic moves one victory closer to becoming the first male player to win the Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, and sets a second-round clash with Dutch qualifier Tallon Griekspoor.

The Serb, a three-time champion at the US Open, improves to 76-12 lifetime in Flushing Meadows and snaps the 13-match winning streak of the rising Rune in the process.

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