US Open: Djokovic overcomes Edmund

US Open: Djokovic overcomes Edmund
Novak Djokovic returns a shot to Kyle Edmund during their second round match of the US Open.
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/3/2020 11:06:47 AM IST

 NEW YORK, Sep 3 (Agencies): World number one Novak Djokovic brushed aside Briton Kyle Edmund 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 after a sluggish start to remain unbeaten in 2020 and move into the third round of the U.S. Open.

On a hot, humid day at Flushing Meadows, Edmund was left bathed in sweat while a cool and collected Djokovic stayed on course for his 18th Grand Slam title and improved his 2020 match record to 25-0.

It stands as the second best start to a season since the Serb went 41-0 in 2011.

With the two other members of the sport’s Big Three - Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal - absent from the tournament, Djokovic is heavy favourite to hoist the trophy and the Serb overcame a slow start to show why.

“Mentally, Kyle played a fantastic first set, did not do much wrong,” said Djokovic. 

“It was anybody’s game really for a set and a half. Winning the second set I felt more comfortable. Overall, it was a very good test and I am happy to get through.”

Edmund took a tight opening set, laying down an ace to clinch the tiebreak 7-5.

It was only the sixth set Djokovic had dropped going all the way back to the Australian Open and he did not surrender another to the 44th-ranked Briton.

A serve that was misfiring in the first began to find the mark in the second, the Serb securing the early break on an Edmund double fault on the way to levelling the match.

Djokovic again seized the initiative in the second with back-to-back breaks to jump ahead 4-1 but struggled to close out the set, Edmund rallying to cut the advantage to 5-4 before the three-times champion held for a 2-1 lead.

When Djokovic broke to open the fourth Edmund’s last bit of resistance vanished and the Serb delivered an emphatic knockout punch to set up a third-round clash with Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

Top seed Pliskova crashes out
Czech top seed Karolina Pliskova crashed out of the US Open in the second round while Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Pliskova’s compatriot Petra Kvitova advanced. The 2016 runner up fell to France’s Caroline Garcia 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) in a match that lasted one hour and 33 minutes.
Garcia, ranked 50 on the WTA standings, will next face 28th seed Jennifer Brady, who beat CiCi Bellis 6-1, 6-2 in just 51 minutes. Against Pliskova, she produced 30 winners and just 17 unforced errors with the latter cutting a frustrated figure throughout the match and in the media interactions afterwards on Wednesday.
“In the second set I had a set point. That was definitely one ball I could make. I had a second serve on my forehand,” world no.3 Pliskova said.
Meanwhile, 2018 champion and fourth seed Osaka made light work of Italy’s Camila Giorgi, winning her second round fixture 6-1, 6-2. Giorgi made 24 unforced errors during the match. 
Kvitova managed a hard-fought two-set win over Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova with the final score standing 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. German 17th seed beat compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).


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