Flat Djokovic Wins In 4 At US Open; Nadal, Cilic Strong; Murray, Del Potro Open Play Tuesday
by Staff | August 30th, 2016, 12:47 am

Playing his first match in three weeks, Novak Djokovic labored through a lethargic 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 win over Jerzy Janowicz in the first round of the US Open Monday night.

“Each day presents us some kind of challenges that we need to overcome, accept and overcome,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy today playing against Jerzy for the first time. He’s a very, you know, potent player, powerful serve, big forehands. Unpredictable really.”

The 2-time champion never really found top flight in the match., though he never really had to either. The concern going in was the left wrist which kept him out of the Cincinnati event, but it was the right elbow and arm that needed treatment after just five games.

“It was just prevention. It’s all good,” Djokovic said of the medical attention.

And later in the match the Serb was routinely hitting first serves under 100mph.

“It’s getting better and better each day,” Djokovic said about his healthy. “I’m glad that I’m experiencing that. So hopefully as the tournament progresses, I’ll reach my peak.

Djokovic improves to 20-1 at night at the event and he wins his 8th straight at the US Open.

Janowicz had several break chances but couldn’t make it much of a content despite Djokovic sub-par play.

Earlier in the heat of the day, Rafael Nadal blew out Denis Istomin 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.

“Was a good start for me obviously winning here in straight sets,” Nadal said.

“My serve worked well almost all the time. I am hitting very well the backhand, but it’s true that the forehand I need time. I need confidence and I need to keep practicing the forehand.”

As for drama, it was the Americans, specifically the young teens. 18-year-olds Taylor Fritz and Fraces Tiafoe both went the distance but fell short against their elder countrymen.

John Isner came from two sets down to deny Tiafoe 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, 7-6(3) in 3 hours, 28 minutes. The young Tiafoe served the for the match at 5-4 in the fifth but was unable to close the door on the new Grandstand court.

“I think in that instance I actually probably played the best return game I played all match,” Isner said of the break back. “He played very well, I thought, and he earned everything up to that point for sure. I just tried to stick with it. Was able to get back into that set at 5-4.”

Isner collects his second career 5th set tiebreak win and second 0-2 comeback.

“I know how talented he is,” Isner said. “At such a young age, he seems to be the type of kid that can rise up to the big occasion, big moment, and great atmosphere. He played I thought very well. I was struggling matching his intensity. In the early goings of the match he was all over me and was the better player hands down.

“I can’t say enough about Frances. I’ve always liked him. Always. He’s a great guy. He has a fantastic future.”

Later, Jack Sock was similarly pushed by Fritz, blowing a 4-0 fifth set lead before winning 7-6, 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 6-4.

“Taylor turned pro last year, and he’s top 60 now for a reason,” said Sock. “He’s an incredible young player, and he has a bright future in front of him. But I was able to scrap out a few points in the end.”

Among other results, Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils both rolled while former semifinalist Richard Gasquet fell to Brit Kyle Edmund. Milos Raonic and former champion Marin Cilic also cruised.

On tap Tuesday, the red hot Andy Murray opens play against Lukas Rosol. Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori and Juan Martin del Potro are in action.

Arthur Ashe Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Simona Halep (ROU)[5]
Not Before: 1:00 PM
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)[3]
Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Venus Williams (USA)[6]

Arthur Ashe Stadium 7:00 PM Start
Serena Williams (USA)[1] vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS)
Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Andy Murray (GBR)[2]

Louis Armstrong Stadium 11:00 AM Start
Denisa Allertova (CZE) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[29]
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs. Sam Querrey (USA)[29]
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)[4] vs. Jessica Pegula (USA)

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31 Comments for Flat Djokovic Wins In 4 At US Open; Nadal, Cilic Strong; Murray, Del Potro Open Play Tuesday

Anki Says:

Novak is going out before the QF stage if he keeps playing like this. The injury is troubling him obviously and what was the average serve speed. He got away with it in the end. Also, I felt he doesn’t enjoy tennis anymore. No emotions, horrible attitude on court. He looks very thin and exhausted. Really miss the edgy Novak of the old.

Ronn Says:

Hate to say it, but Djoko looks miserable out there. And he can’t win if he can’t serve more than 90 mph. He’ll be out by the 3rd round again if he keeps playing like this…

Ronn Says:

You’re right, Anki. Djoko looks frail and almost sickly out there. What the heck is wrong with him? No way he gets far in his present condition and he’ll be out by the 3rd round if he doesn’t show A LOT of improvement…

Ronn Says:

And you’re also right about Djoko’s attitude, Anki. He looks like he doesn’t even want to be on the court and he’s only going through the motions. There’s no fire in him. I might not like Federer very much and he has choked a lot over the last few years but he always has that fire and desire to win in him which is commendable.

AndyMira Says:

Good luck to Andy..although Rosol is a tough opponent..i still think Andy will win in straight sets..Can’t wait to see how the NEW ANDY will handle his ‘old flame’..C’MON ANDEE!!

AndyMira Says:

I think it is unfair to criticize novak in a time like this..he’s been superhuman for the last two years..two years guys!It was an amazing feat..two years with high quality tennis that made your breath hitch in your throat..It’s time to let him be a normal human being like everyone else who’s experienced injuries and pain and disappointment..It’s unfair to ask him to be a superhuman forever..

Humble Rafa Says:

The Arrogant One’s fans are all in despair, as you might expect. One such emailed to tell me that the Arrogant One will be favorite if he was playing this week given the Egg Lover’s problems. Being the gentleman that I am, I agreed with him knowing he is so full of it.


RZ Says:

The Jerzy of 2-3 years ago might have been able to take advantage of Novak’s form yesterday, but there was no way he was winning after being out of it for so long.

jane Says:

wow, people just chomping at the bit.

RZ Says:

After the first day, I am atop the racket bracket leader board in a tie with Jalep and Yakovjack. It won’t last for me probably…Interestingly, my second entry which is based purely on the rankings is not doing so well.

Giles Says:

What’s all the fuss about, eh? People think his shoulder is injured, oops sorry no not his shoulder, his wrist, oops sorry not his wrist his toes. Geez! When he lifts the trophy his fans and others will be praising him for is resilience and telling us how he won while ” injured”! Give me a break purleeeeesse!!
Faker is the name! 😱

chrisford1 Says:

Part of the discussion about Djokovic is if his extreme diet is catching up with him. A Bon Apetit article starts with his ad for Jacob’s Creek but he elaboated much more on his diet with the reporter, confirming he has been pure Vegan for about a year. Detailing what his favorite foods are now.


I bring this up because he seems to have more going on than a bad left wrist. He is gaunt, thinner than he has ever been, sickly looking. In yesterdays match , his 1st serve was down 40kph from what he was averaging, forehand speed dropped 15kph.

Funny stuff in the article about his oyhood restaurant days “we (he and brother Marco) broke lots of plates and glasses”, and eating leftover pizza and end of serving life desserts as his main diet fare. (And looking pretty healthy back then)

elina Says:

Nadal’s post match presser last night:

“But for me personally, Olympics is the closest thing to a Grand Slam.”

Preach it Rafa (I believe he plays tennis. Professionally at that from what I’ve heard. But what does he know. He dosn’t even post on a tennis forum. LMAO.)

Humble Rafa Says:

What is going on with UK? Another British soul not named Mr. Lady Forehand is about to win the first round. Did these second tier Brits not get the memo that they are not supposed to win matches in the main draw without permission from Her Royal Highness?

Humble Rafa Says:

I was expecting Tallner and good sport Tifoe (aka TinFoil) to kiss but that didn’t happen. Still a good embrace for grown men, I have to say.

RZ Says:

@Humble Rafa – It looks like Her Royal Highness did indeed give the British men permission to win matches. After Davis Cup victory, HRH wants more tennis glory.

J-Kath Says:

Nole: win well tomorrow.

J-Kath Says:

Humble Rafa:

You have been drinking tonight? Tut, tut…you’ll be slurring your words if you’re not careful. Recommend a long, long ice bath. Please, No need to send a picture.

Wog Boy Says:

If Nole is vegan for year that will be another record set by him, first vegan that won not just one GS, but three.

On another note, Tipsy has shown the door to Querrey.

AndyMira Says:

Andy is in hurry atm… brilliat so far..amazing winners..defense is incredible as usual..be able to neutralize Rosol’s big serves and made his own 7 aces in 9 games compared to BIG SERVE Rosol just 1..Keep it up Andy!

Daniel Says:

Great straight sets win by DelPO.

Murray impressive so far, Rosol was spanking some balls and even so Murray returned with interest.

AndyMira Says:

Great great win by Andy..everything was delightful to see..hope he will continue this brilliant perfomance till next monday..

PS..M..you must be a happiest Aunty today if you have a chance to look at Andy’s superb perfomance today..DON’T PASS OUT PLEASE!!

Ronn Says:

Not so hard to look good against Rosol. Rosol is only dangerous on grass. On hard he’s nothing…

AndyMira Says:

@Ronn…I knew you would said that!Ha ha ha ha…

Margot Says:

Posted this twice twice AM, cos it’s so good….so very good….;)
Who cares what CC thinks?

danica Says:

Wog Boy,

Recently, both Troicki and Tipsarevic beat Sam. Tipsarevic who is coming back after 2528357 months of absence. I like Sam but, even the blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

danica Says:

Andy was good last night but not great. He can perform way better. There were some tight moments, Rosol played nice shots, but Andy always found answers. All in all, a solid win and a good start.

Van Persie Says:


“If Nole is vegan for year that will be another record set by him, first vegan that won not just one GS, but three.”

I like your comment.:) I did not see the things from that perspective. Nole completed Non calendar year grand slam being a vegan, which is amazing :)

Van Persie Says:

One of the greatest mathematicians of all times was also vegan. Talking about Ramanujan :)

Ronn Says:

Mira, shhh…you know too much and you’re taking away my mojo. What will the other posters think? Lol…

AndyMira Says:

@Ronn…Okey dokey Boss!

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