Day 1 of the US Open has been concluded and there were two seeded casualties including 13th seeded Gasquet and 28th seeded Klizan. Gasquet lost to the Brit Edmund and Klizan lost to Youzhny in two surprisingly straightforward matches.
Nadal hasd a straight-set victory over Istomin and is looking pretty good I suppose. His draw is favorable until the quarterfinals and he now plays Seppi. Djokovic also won but needed four sets to defeat Janowicz 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.
Djokovic got lucky in the first set when he was break point down and his backhand clipped the net and dropped over for a winner. He then made the best of his good fortune to break Janowicz in the next game and won the opening set.
At this point, it was getting too late for me and I went to sleep. I caught the highlights today and saw that Djokovic showed some rust as expected but did very well to win the third and fourth sets in convincing fashion.
Janowicz is a dangerous player who hits big and plays with a lot of confidence so I think Djokovic did very well. In the second set, he had chances to break at 4-4 and 5-5 but wasn’t as clinical as usual due to the rust.
He was very clinical in the third and fourth sets however and at times looked like he was toying almost. Janowicz is a player who likes to intimidate and that was probably just Djokovic’s way of repaying the mind games.
He had a kind of casual/nonchalant demeanor which couldn’t have been very enjoyable to Janowicz but he got what he deserved. Djokovic now plays Vesely who needed five sets to get past Myneni.
Djokovic lost to Vesely in Monte Carlo when he was burned out and some revenge would be in order here. I think the Janowicz match would have helped Djokovic a lot as far as shaking off the rust goes and he will feel confident after those last two sets.
As for the injury, he says it is getting better every day so hopefully, that just continues to be the case.
- Elsewhere in the Draw
Isner almost lost to Tiafoe but Tiafoe choked when serving for the match at 5-3 in the fifth set and the rest was history as Isner won the final set tiebreak. Sock also needed five set to defeat his fellow American opponent, Fritz.
Finally, Cilic had an easy straight-set victory over Dutra Silva and he continues to be a big threat to top players. I can see him and Djokovic facing off in an interesting quarterfinal but we will see how it pans out.
Then there has already been some results today as Wawrinka defeated a potentially dangerous Verdasco in straight sets. Not a bad start for the third seed. There was also an upset when Tipsarevic defeated Querrey after coming back from a long injury layoff.
Nishikori dropped a set to Becker but is also safely into the second round. Dimitrov continued his good form of late when he defeated Cervantes in straight sets. Del Potro is about to start his first round match against Schwartzman so I’m off to catch some of that.
- The Djoker
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