A few days after his master title at the Western & Southern Open – formerly the Cincinnati tournament – Novak Djokovic extended his good form to the US Open. The Serbian won his 24th victory of the season in as many matches.
The Serbian number one of the world awarded only six games to Damir Dzumhur in his first game and finished after three sets (6-1, 6-4, 6-1) with the Bosnian. In the second round, the seventeen-time Grand Lamb winner meets the Brit Kyle Edmund.
Djokovic played strong against Dzumhur, eliminated six of the seven breakpoints he got against and hit a total of 31 winners. Only in the beginning of the second set he had to give up his service once. Dzumhur had to do that six times in total.
The Serbian, who is a huge favorite in New York due to the absence of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, had little trouble with Dzumhur, but was distracted by the service clock.
The clock that starts running for each service, with the goal to make the game go faster, starts a lot faster at the US Open than at the Western & Southern Open, which was also played last week in New York due to the corona crisis.
It’s not fair
“Why do you start the clock?” Djokovic asked umpire Damien Dumusois. “You guys do it differently here? Why? There’s no explanation? Thank you for letting us know.”
“Nobody told me this,” said Djokovic after his party. “I’m worried about the lack of communication, that really pisses me off. We play at a certain pace at the Cincinnati tournament, get used to it and two days later it’s completely different without anyone telling us. That’s not fair.”