TOP seed, Novak Djokovic is up and running on Monday at the US Open, starting his title defence in ideal fashion by leading Spaniard, Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4, 6-1.
With Carballes Baena serving at 4-5, the Serbian struck first by hitting a backhand volley winner to set up a pair of set points. Djokovic converted his first chance to score the first break of the match. He finished the set with 11 winners and nine unforced errors.
The second set was one-way traffic for Djokovic, with the World No. 1 breaking Carballes Baena twice to take a commanding lead. He’s been especially efficient at net, winning 18 of his 20 trips forward.
Should Djokovic prevail, he’ll meet American, Sam Querrey or Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero in the next round.
American, Denis Kudla moved into the second round with a 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, who was competing in his final Grand Slam. The former World No. 8 and two-time US Open quarter-finalist announced last week that he will retire at the end of the season.
Next up for Kudla is another Serbian in No. 27 seed, Dusan Lajovic, who eased past Belgian, Steve Darcis 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Lajovic racked up 14 break points and won six of them to advance in one hour and 41 minutes.
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