Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia made quick work of his opponent in the round of 64 on Thursday at the U.S. Open in New York.
Djokovic, also the top-ranked player in the world, beat Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-3, 6-2. The match lasted 1 hour, 39 minutes, a contrast to Djokovic’s first match, when the 20-time major champion needed four sets to put away a qualifier.
Among areas of Djokovic’s dominance, he broke Griekspoor six times in 10 chances, while Griekspoor won one of four break points. Djokovic also dominated in aces (13-5) and winners (33-20).
“Great performance. Definitely better than the first-round match,” Djokovic said. “Obviously I’m very pleased with the way I came out on the court. I served very well, I found the rhythm on the serve. It was important I came up with the goods.”
The win sets up a match with Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who needed just under four hours to defeat American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-3. Nishikori has reached as high as fourth in the world rankings previously.
“Obviously I love the challenge,” Nishikori said of facing Djokovic. “Now he’s one of the best on the tennis tour. It’s not someone I love to play all the time, because obviously he’s the toughest opponent, one or two. I’d rather have someone ranked lower. But I always love the challenge.”
No. 4 Alexander Zverev of Germany had an even easier time of it, losing only four games in downing Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-1, 6-0, 6-3. The match lasted only 74 minutes.
At one point, Zverev won 13 straight games. He also kept up his roll of excellence on first-serve points, losing just eight total in his first two matches and not letting either of his opponents reach break point against him.
“My serve is kind of the key to my game,” Zverev said. “When it’s working, I’m playing great. When it’s not, I’m losing matches like I did at Wimbledon. … It’s no secret that my serve is probably the most important shot in my game, and I’m happy with how it’s working. … The matches are not going to get easier, and I will need that to be my weapon.”
Zverev’s next opponent will be American Jack Sock. The wild-card entrant needed five sets and more than 3 1/2 hours to defeat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan, the 31st seed, 7-6 (3), 6-7 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Also losing was 10th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (6) to Italy’s Andreas Seppi, who is ranked 89th in the world.
Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, the sixth seed, needed four sets to turn back Corentin Moutet of France 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Berrettini finished with 17 aces to four for Moutet, who is ranked 88th in the world. The battle lasted 3:21.
The 21st seed, Russia’s Aslan Karatsev, spotted Australia’s Jordan Thompson a two-set lead before roaring back for a 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9), 6-1 win. Karatsev fought off two match points in the fourth-set tiebreaker.
Other seeded players to post wins were No. 13 Jannik Sinner of Italy, who needed four sets to knock off Zachary Svajda of the U.S.; No. 17 Gael Monfils of France, a four-set victor over American Steve Johnson, and No. 22 Reilly Opelka of the U.S., who defeated Lorenzo Musetti of Italy in three hard-fought sets.
In a match of Americans, wild-card entrant Jenson Brooksby knocked off Taylor Fritz 6-7 (7), 7-6 (10), 7-5, 6-2.
Seventh-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada defeated Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 7-6 (7), 6-3, 6-0 in the final match of the night.
–Field Level Media
More in Sports
Salvador Perez set a major league record for homers in a season by a...
ESPN will debut “NBA Today,” an hour-long panel show, on Oct. 18 — the...
Florida State will be hoping to avoid its worst start in nearly five decades...
Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin said Monday that his leave of absence from the...
Brian White leveled the match in the 40th minute for his fifth goal of...
Colton Herta reached victory lane for the second time this season, beating out IndyCar...
Andbox has added to its Valorant roster by signing 20-year-old Aleksandar “aleksandar” Hinojosa to...
Anthony Smith defeated Ryan Spann by submission in the first round of their light...
Max Homa shot a 7-under-par 65 — his second 65 in as many days...
Fifth-seeded Italian Lorenzo Sonego needed just 73 minutes to record a 6-3, 6-2 victory...