Title favourite Novak Djokovic also reached the third round at his fifteenth participation in the US Open. The title favourite had a difficult set with the Brit Kyle Edmund, but did not get into trouble after that (6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2)
Djokovic managed to win all his matches so far this calendar year. And given the many absences in New York, the world’s number one will have the perfect opportunity to continue that series for a while. His next opponent is the German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Theoretically, Djokovic can only meet a player from the top ten for the first time in the quarterfinals with seventh-placed David Goffin (ATP-10). The Belgian struggled past the South African Lloyd Harris (7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4).
Zverev also wins
Alexander Zverev had a little more trouble to get on in New York. The German had a hard time for two sets with Brandon Nakashima, but after that trick, the resistance of the American was broken: 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-1.
The 19-year-old Nakashima (ATP-233), last year’s junior semifinalist, was not broken until 5-5 in the first set. In the tiebreak of the second he quickly made it 5-0 and hit his fifth setpoint. After that Zverev (ATP-7) had little more to fear from the young talent.
Where many top players are absent in New York because of the corona crisis, in Paris of the best ten men in the world only Roger Federer is missing due to a knee injury.
From 27 September onwards, the Coupe des Mousquetaires will be played in the French capital on the gravel of Roland Garros, more than four months after the original date.