It was not a perfect start to his chase for the Grand Slam, however Novak Djokovic left unscathed on Tuesday night and reached the 2nd round of the United States Open.
After a second-set misstep, the World No. 1 beat #NextGenATP star Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune 6-1, 6-7( 5 ), 6-2, 6-1 in two hours and 15 minutes in front of a raucous Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. The Danish teen struggled with cramps in the last 2 sets.
” Its hard to speak about [the] Because he barely moved, 4th and third sets. [From] my side, I started fantastic. Played a truly, really good very first set. After that, I do not understand, I was 4-3 serving in the second set. Everything was working well, however then I just lost the first serve,” Djokovic stated. “Credit to him for fighting. He had the crowd behind him. It was difficult to play in my very first match, although I had tonnes of experience playing on this court, for him it was the very first one.
You still are feeling a little bit rusty at the start. Undoubtedly Im pleased with the method I ended up the match.
Djokovic is now six match wins from becoming the very first male because Rod Laver in 1969 to claim all four significant titles in one season. The three-time United States Open champion will next deal with Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor.
Getting in the match, 18-year-old Rune told ATPTour.com that, “I have a lot of belief in myself despite the fact that Im up against the World No. 1.” The Danish teen revealed it by playing courageously in the second set and taking a tense tie-break, throughout which he rallied the New York fans on his side.
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Everything was working well, but then I just lost the very first serve,” Djokovic stated. Rune was visited by the trainer on several celebrations in the final 2 sets to receive treatment on his upper legs for evident cramping. Djokovic took advantage by striking 55 winners to simply 30 unforced mistakes.
He didnt desire to stop,” Djokovic stated. In spite of the defeat, Rune will never ever forget the match.
But ultimately, he was not able to sustain his aggressive play enough time to problem the top seed further. Rune was gone to by the fitness instructor on multiple events in the last 2 sets to get treatment on his upper legs for evident cramping. Djokovic took advantage by hitting 55 winners to just 30 unforced errors.
” Unfortunately, my fitness let me down. I began cramping already in the start of the third set. From there on, it was difficult,” Rune said. “I knew if I [wanted] to win, I really needed to combat for every point. With my body at this moment, it was impossible.”
After match point the 20-time major winner, who can pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most Slam titles with a prize at the end of this fortnight, had a lengthy exchange with Rune at the net to give him encouragement.
” I simply informed him that he managed himself very well. He didnt wish to stop,” Djokovic stated. “I believed he was going to stop [at] the end of the third. He simply kept going with self-respect, completed off the match. He deserved certainly my regard, the regard of a lot of people. Hes still really, really young, 18 years of ages. Hes got a lot of time ahead of him. Im sure were going to see a lot of him in the future.”
In spite of the defeat, Rune will never forget the match. The crowd even shouted “Rune!” in support of the teen.
” I never felt anything like this. It was [an] incredible feeling staying there. I tried to provide the crowd something, battle for every point, be pumped and whatever,” Rune said. “The crowd was incredible. I couldnt have actually requested for more. I never attempted anything like this. It was a pretty sick feeling.”
Djokovics next opponent, Griekspoor, fought previous big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff 2-6, 7-6( 3 ), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after three hours and 38 minutes.
Did You Know?Djokovic is now 16-0 in first-round matches at the US Open. The Serbian has actually not lost in the opening round at a significant since the 2006 Australian Open, when he was No. 76 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.