Major seed Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday with a six-three six-three six-one win to advance to the fourth round of the U.S. Open.
Djokovic, a 3-occasions champion at Flushing Meadows, was by no means definitely pushed by the German, who has taken just 1 set off the Serb in their 5 occupation meetings.
The only drama came early on when Struff had break level options but could not convert towards Djokovic’s serve in the to start with game.
The gamers stayed on serve till Struff sent a forehand broad on break level to give Djokovic a five-three lead. The Serb held to really like the following game right after firing an unreturnable serve to consider the to start with set and coasted the rest of the way.
“It was a really, really superior efficiency from my side,” Djokovic stated right after recording his 600th occupation win on tough courts.
“I managed to go through his serve properly. Created 1 required break in the to start with set, I faced 1 or two break factors in the opening game.
“Definitely the trajectory of the match can go in a different way if you shed your serve towards a huge man like Struff, who serves definitely properly and has a really aggressive, highly effective game from the back of the court,” stated the Serb, who is seeking for an 18th Grand Slam title.
“But I moved properly and right after the to start with set, the 2nd and third was a definitely terrific feeling on the court.”
Djokovic and Marin Cilic, who won the U.S. Open in 2014, are the only two guys remaining in the draw who have won a Grand Slam tournament.
Djokovic will be a hefty favourite when he faces 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta on Spain in the fourth round on Sunday.
ZVEREV BEATS MANNRINO
Alexander Zverev feared his tie with Adrian Mannarino could not go ahead on Friday due to COVID-19 protocols but the German secured a six-seven(four) six-four six-two six-two win in a match delayed virtually 3 hrs due to talks concerning organizers and New York wellbeing officials.
The U.S. Open third-round clash was initially scheduled to start off at two.thirty p.m. community time on Louis Armstrong Stadium but was pushed back although the United States Tennis Association engaged in “collaborative dialogue” with wellbeing officials.
“I was advised there is really small probability that we have been going to perform,” Zverev stated courtside right after the match. “The New York State termed and stated he (Mannarino) should not perform
“So it was back and forth, back and forth … it was political, not about us gamers.”