Defending champion Novak Djokovic demolished Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi in the first round of the 2012 US Open, allowing him only two games on the way to a 6-1 6-0 6-1 victory.
Lorenzi had a dream start into the match as he broke Djokovic’s serve in the opening game of the first set, but that dream was over very quickly. The Serb changed gears and stormed to take the next 12 games, giving himself a comfortable two set lead. 9 more winners and three converted break opportunities for Djokovic secured him the third set as well, setting up a second round encounter against Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, who eliminated Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in a five setter 4-6 6-4 6-7 (5) 6-3 7-5.
On his way to victory, Djokovic hit 32 winners to 12 unforced errors, coverted 9 out of 13 break points and his first serve percentage was a very decent 79%.
Also through to round two is 14th seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov after a big comeback against American Jesse Levine. Dolgopolov managed to erase a two sets deficit and book a place in next round after a 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-2 6-1 victory.