Djokovic Dominates In US Open Return, Back To No. 1, Rune Out; Alcaraz, Medvedev Tues.

by Staff | August 29th, 2023, 12:46 am

In his first US Open match in two years, Novak Djokovic dominated in his return with a win over Alexandre Muller 6-0, 6-2, 6-3.

After starting just after 11pm. Djokovic won the first two sets in about an hour and then put away the Frenchman on a cool night in New York. The win also assured Djokovic the No. 1 ranking at the end of the tournament — Carlos Alcaraz is defending his title points.

Stefanos Tsitsipas also had an easy night blowing past Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. It was the Greek’s first win over the Canadian in three tries. Tsitsipas broke Raonic five times.

“It was fun to play high quality tennis against a champion like Milos,” Tsitsipas told the crowd. “He’s dealing with a comeback and I knew he had nothing to lose. I had to bring my A game from the very first point. I made it physical and it worked.”

2022 finalist Casper Ruud toughed out American qualifier Emilio Nava 7-6(7-5), 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-5).

Holger Rune was the big casualty on the day. The No. 4 seed fell to Roberto Carballes Baena 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

The Spaniard earned his first career Top 10 win after losing his first 13. Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Rune last won a match at Wimbledon.

“Disappointing day today,” Rune said. “I had, as you know, a setback after the tournaments in Toronto and Cincy, where I had to retire. Not the best preparation I had.

“Not satisfied with the result obviously, but also with my tennis. There is only one way, and it’s to work.

Former champion Dominic Thiem enjoyed his first Grand Slam win in years defeating the 25th-seeded Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Thiem, who won the US Open in 2020, didn’t have a hard court win all year and had lost his last seven in Slams.

“It was a very good match, basically from the first moment,” Thiem said. “It’s a pretty special victory, because it’s the first since two-and-a-half years at Grand Slams.

“It’s great. Especially here at the US Open with all the past and all the memories I have here.”

Americans had a decent day with 9th-seeded Taylor Fritz defeating countryman Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-1, 6-2. 2022 semifinalist Frances Tiafoe sent off Learner Tien 6-2, 7-5, 6-1. No. 14 seed Tommy Paul handled Stefano Travaglia 6-2, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. As many predicted, Mackenzie McDonald upset No. 15 Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6(7-5), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. No. 28 Christopher Eubanks moved past Soonwoo Kwon 6-3, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4. But Marton Fucsovics upended the No. 31 seed Sebastian Korda 7-6(7-4), 4-6, 7-6(7-1), 4-6, 6-4.

French qualifier Titouan Droguet upset 18th-seeded Lorenzo Musetti in five sets 6-3, 0-6, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 6-2.

Francisco Cerundolo, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Laslo Djere all advanced.

Tomorrow on Tuesday, two former men’s champions are on Ashe. No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz clashes with Dominik Koepfer and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev faces Attila Balazs, both in first-time meetings.

No. 6 Jannik Sinner collides with German Yannick Hanfmann, No. 8 Andrey Rublev faces Emil Ruusuvuori, former semifinalist Karen Khachanov faces Michael Mmoh and No. 12 Alexander Zverev faces Aleksandar Vukic.

Also, Gael Monfils faces Taro Daniel, Yoshihito Nishioka meets Stan Wawrinka and Corentin Moutet tests Andy Murray plus John Isner clashes with Facundo Diaz Acosta in his final tournament.

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23 Comments for Djokovic Dominates In US Open Return, Back To No. 1, Rune Out; Alcaraz, Medvedev Tues.

zed Says:

Jimmy Connors: “I hope Novak Djokovic plays and can play until he is 40”

How many titles, weeks at number one, Slams, Masters would Novak have if he does what Jimmy hopes for?

What do you think Giles or are you feeling sad today? How’s your Mum by the way?

chrisford1 Says:

Something hilarious about Novak now achieving the #1 ATP ranking. I mean we should congratulate him, but it’s the 10th time! Routine. Ho hum….390? Whatever……”Maybe a cake if I hit 400 weeks?”

And there is something Monty Python hilarious about dour Giles. Miserable man who lives in a miserable town, watches miserably bad TV, and selects a sport not to be entertained by – but to be miserable about.

Nice #1 stat, but Djokovic is playing top tennis, feels he has lots of gas left in the tank, is energized he may have a good shot at another Slam. Probably won’t think about #1 all that much unless he has a shot at year end #1.

Andy Roddick, doing commentary back in Cincinnati said he couldn’t begin to say how impressed he was that Novak battled back. At age 36 returning from losing and the brutal heat to be Carlo’s equal, then just better, in that match. Roddick was honestly in awe. “That man is a specimen”.

This is it for John Isner and Jack Sock. Two fine American players. Retiring. Sock was and is a real talent. Never had the singles success he was hyped for (The Great American Male Tennis Hope), but Hall of Fame stuff in doubles. Off to try a new sport, Barty style. In his case pickleball.
Can’t say I will miss Isner playing – ahhh! he was a boring servebot. But a famously nice guy and tough player.
Both in Top 10. Best wishes, guys!
Might be the end for Murray, too. You never know.

zed Says:


I visited the UK with my family in 2012 and (being a tourist) enjoyed the sights of London, the Cotswalds, towns like Bath (which is stunningly beautiful) and passed through other places on our way to visit Stonehenge, Bleinheim Castle, and probably other places I can’t remember at the moment.

I didn’t get to see any other cities such as Manchester, Liverpool etc and look forward to future visits. In fact I’m hoping I can get a look at Wales, Scotland, Ireland etc when I return.

As an outsider my impression of the UK was that if you’ve got money it’s a good place but if you don’t it could be quite miserable.

Which town does Giles live in? You said “miserable town” so I’m curious which one as I’m sure there are plenty of them in the UK.

You know, if Novak and family had accepted the UK government’s offer all those years ago, Novak would have represented the UK and the media (instead of attacking him every chance they had) would have worshipped him and written all the glowing stories about him that they wrote about Roger and Rafa.

And if the media did that then the mindless morons would have been programmed to love Novak instead of the reverse. People like Giles would have posters of Novak on their wall because, of course, they are incapable of thinking for themselves.

It never ceases to amaze me how brainwashed the public is on everything, not an original thought in their heads.

zed Says:

Nole in another nail biter.

I was reading online comments and the haters were overjoyed when he was two sets down LOL.

It must be so tiring being a Novak hater.

And the best part is that there’s so much more ahead :)

Wog Boy Says:

It’s interesting that, as much as Serbian players are really good friends privately, with huge respect for Nole, they regularly play above their best against Nole in order to beat him. On the other hand, if you look at Spaniards they do exactly opposite when they play Rafa.

I still remember Troicki playing Nole at USO over 10 years ago, it was extremely tight match, Viktor was 2:1 and hitting winners left and right, I have never seen him playing that level before nor after that USO.
Tipsarevic beat Nole at WTF in London too.

I am glad for Djere since he is such nice young man.

It’s different feeling watching Nole from Belgrade where I am atm….and having a great time 😁

zed Says:

WB, that is an interesting observation that I have not heard before.

Do you think we will see a any more Rafa matches to test the idea even more? I’m starting to think he is pulling Roger’s trick of not retiring (because retiring means the sponsorships stop) but instead saying “injured” to a avoid embarassing losses whilst at the same time collecting sponsorship money as an “active” player.

All of that runs out as each sponsor realises they are not going to get anything for their money any longer.

Hope you are enjoying Belgrade and perhaps other places in Europe as well.

Hey maybe you can go the UK and visit Giles?

Wog Boy Says:

Hi Zed,

Rafa promised us farewell tour, all what we can do is to wait and see, as for embracing losses, he had quite a few of them starting with Wimbledon last year … but he was “injured” starting with Wimbledon, no?
The only problem is that his fans already jumped the wagon, now they are another Spaniard player “fans”…

The only part of UK I have on my bucket list is Scotland, not really interested in visiting England and I have been in Wales, loved the place and people, the only thing I didn’t like about Welsh people is they are too left for my liking, but as I learned when I arrived in Australia, you don’t talk politics and religion while in pub so I didn’t do it in Wales while drinking with Welsh people.

Of course, Ireland is always on my bucket list, been twice and loved everything about Ireland, particularly Jameson and beer, but Ireland is not UK, and I look at Ireland as a whole…

I do enjoy Belgrade, at the end of the day it’s my city, though I don’t enjoy what I see on the ground, the ruling sect divided people that much that they pitched brother against brother, father against son, it’s worse than during communism.
Belgrade is my base but I am travelling extensively around, next week I’ll be in Vienna from where I’ll be visiting Bratislava, Prague, Saltzburg (probably spelled it wrong) and enjoying Austrian countryside… long way to go until my return to Sydney.

Bugger, I almost forgot Gisele, yes, I would like to meet her…and buy her a drink and meal…

Giles Says:

Hey Bog Boy Careful what you wish for! I have very expensive tastes so buying me a meal and drinks might cost you a week’s salary.

Wog Boy Says:

That’s ok Gisele, every pleasure has a price, I am quite happy to pay that price to meet you and spend some quality time with you. That would be top notch pleasure, worth every cent.

skeezer Says:

Meanwhile, Carlos dominates. To the Qtrs…

zed Says:

I would love to see Giles and WB get together for a few pints and good meal.

I expect that by the end of it they would have settled differences, agreed to disagree, and would have mutual respect from that point on.

I’ve had the great pleasure of having a few drinks with WB, he is what we call in Australia “A Top Bloke”.

Giles you would not regret it if you met up with the man.

Okiegal Says:

@Giles…….How does it feel to be obsessed over???

Wog Boy Says:


I finally had a chance yesterday to do what I wanted to do for long time, to bow down to the ashes of arguably the greatest mind of mankind, to the ashes of Nikola Tesla housed in Nikola Tesla museum in Belgrade.

Did you know that after his dead FBI sealed his residence and took two truckloads of his science work and returned them to legal inheritor (Serbia) only when his nephew took US government to court and even then it’s believed that they returned only 60% of his works and possessions since nobody knew what he had, he was reclusive towards the end of his life, like most geniuses are.

zed Says:

Okiegal, I’ll eventually be visting the States again and I’ll making a beeline for Oklahoma, first round is on me :)

Wog Boy Says:

Don’t forget to bring Akubra hat and R.M.Williams boots, that’s Oklahoma…

Wog Boy Says:

…and Driza-Bone raincoat to complete Oklahoma dressing code…

zed Says:

Hey WB, in Salzburg make sure you do the Salt Mine tour if you have not done it before. It is awesome. There is an underground lake which you will be boated over and you get to go deep down the mine on various slides and trolley vehicles like the salt miners of previous centuries did.

If your wife is like mine then she’ll probably enjoy the Sound of Music tour which is pretty good too. I think it’s a good movie but my wife loves the movie and has seen it many many times.

Salzburg was the richest city on Earth when salt was the only way to preserve food, the name literally means Salt Castle (some say ‘burg’ used to mean ‘mountain’ in the old German but I don’t know for sure).

Of course Mozart is everywhere in Salzburg, they are very proud he was born there, so you’ll see a lot of him around the city.

Wog Boy Says:

Thanks for the tip Zed, I’ll check what is included in the tour, btw, I prefer Wagner (Вагнер) to Mozart …

Wog Boy Says:

As for “burg” Zed, it’s definitely not mountain, another “burg” that I have pleasure to visit and explore, and will be going back, comes to my mind, St Petersburg, there are no mountains there.

chrisford1 Says:

All off topic from tennis. For WB and Zed.

Close words. Burg is town, city. Berg is mountain.


Burgherr (burger) is town master, mayor.
Iceberg is self-explanatory.

In “It’s a small world” a family member who was studying law in DC got a part time job at the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) in the mid-70s. Part of his work was just grunt labor and he spent several weeks transferring official documents from the TVA and papers sent to TVA from the Atomic Energy Commission (in the same building) to the certified courier (my uncle) to the Yugoslavia Embassy.

Tesla’s papers. The reason was that after Tesla died, many of his papers (the ones that dealt with electricity, his original patent applications, etc. went to the only Federal Energy Authority at the time – the TVA. They were in sealed pouches so he never saw them…still…

Of course, being as Yugoslavia was a dirty commie country, the FBI monitored embassies of all dirty commie countries back them. And went into the TVA to investigate my uncle for suspicious activities given his repeat visits. They weren’t militarized fascists waving M-4s in peoples faces back then, just two agents “looking for him”. Boss told them what he was doing, they said they would investigate further and left. My uncle had several paranoid months…because, well, the FBI really had said they were looking for him.

I personally think John Von Neumann was smarter, but on that level of smarts, I think the masses are too stupid to know who was a bigger genius than the other geniuses. And in what fields of genius??

zed Says:

Chrisford1, thanks for clearing up the Berg v Burg thing. So the spelling of Salzburg would literally mean Salt Town which makes sense.

With regard to which genius is greater than any other genius, I don’t think I have the tools to measure and compare such things. Even if such tools existed, 99.99% of the population would not understand their use.

I had not heard of John Von Neumann before you mentioned him, I had to look him up. Yet another incredible mind, how did I not hear of this man before?

One thing that happens as you grow older and learn more is that you are continually humbled as you grow more and more aware of how little you know and understand.

When confronted with information on the capabilities of people like Von Neumann, Tesla, Newton, Ramanujan etc you come to realise the enormous gulf between the average ordinary mind (such as mine) and these beyond-exceptional minds.

skeezer Says:

Tesla makes a great car…
Alcarez is through over depleted Z, looking good. Djoker got the cup cake draw, Hardly anyone was in the top 10 on his side of the draw. Shoo in for finals. Oh well, for Carlos, iron sharpens iron.

Okiegal Says:

Sasha had the long 5 setter and then tonight a tough 3 setter. Definitely was spent before tonight’s match. I’m gonna say his ankle took lots of abuse in this slam. I hope he’s healthy after these last two weeks. The Sinner match was a stunner. It reminded me of the Rafa/Novak final at the AO. Two exhausted players.

Anxious for the semis! Novak in the final for sure, but the jury is still out on the Carlos/Meddy match! I hope it’s a thriller!

@Chis Ford…..Internet censor?? I’m at a loss. Did I stir up something by mentioning the OKC bombing?? Help me out here….

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