With Novak Djokovic gaining more media attention for his off court exploits with regards to the creation of the Professional Tennis Players Association, the top seed will be happy to get back on court for his second round clash at the US Open on Wednesday. He will play Kyle Edmund for a spot in the third round, where Jan Lennard Struff or Michael Mmoh await.
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Djokovic extended his 2020 winning streak to 24 matches with a straight sets win over Damir Dzumhur, beating the Bosnian 6-1 6-4 6-1 in just under two hours. “I did struggle a bit [with] the semi-finals and final back to back [last week], but I had 48 hours. Not so much [time], but still enough time to recover. I felt good on the court today.” he said afterwards. “The good thing about a Slam is that you only play every two days, so you have at least one day of rest and recovery. I’m going to try to use that as much as I can and gather all my energy and strength for the next one.”
Edmund navigated a tricky opener against Alexander Bublik, beating the Kazakh in four sets. After a disappointing 2019, there were signs of a bounce back year for him before lockdowns – making two quarter finals and winning the ATP New York title. He will have been disappointed to lose his opener at the Western & Southern Open but made up for it with his win here.
“He has a really good serve and forehand, two really big weapons. I had some really good matches against him in the past, tough four-setter at Wimbledon a few years ago. He doesn’t feel so much pressure playing on a big court. He actually likes the challenge.” Djokovic said of his opponent. He is 5-1 against the Brit, winning all four of their hard court matches including one at this tournament in 2016. A fully fit Djokovic remains the player to beat on hard courts and he shouldn’t find it difficult to nullify the threat of Edmund in this one.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets