NEW YORK – World primary Novak Djokovic moved 5 matches from finishing the primary males’s singles calendar-year Grand Slam in 52 years by advancing to the third spherical of the US Open on Friday.
The 34-year-old Serbian cruised previous 121st-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to e book a third-round date with 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan. “I’m as motivated as ever to do properly,” Djokovic stated. “I’m not the one participant that desires to go deep within the match and put his palms on the trophy. I’m making an attempt to be my greatest on daily basis and let’s see what occurs.”
Djokovic, chasing the primary males’s singles calendar Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, stated the psychological problem was more durable than the bodily one at this stage. “In all probability it’s extra psychological and emotional, actually,” Djokovic stated. “I don’t thoughts being on the court docket a very long time. I really feel I’ve extra probabilities in a best-of-five. “It’s extra about dealing with all the pieces that’s taking place off the court docket, all of the expectations.”
Nishikori made himself an impediment in Djokovic’s path to historical past by outlasting American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, avenging a loss in final month’s Washington semi-finals.
Attendance was off as New York struggled to recuperate from a lethal storm and flash flooding. Remnants of Hurricane Ida struck Wednesday night time and killed not less than 41 individuals, triggering a uncommon state of emergency for the town, flooding subways and turning roads into rivers. Excessive water that flooded US Open plazas had drained away and wind-scattered furnishings was changed for Thursday. Swamped Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted Thursday morning apply.
Australian Barty dispatch Danish teen Clara Tauson 6-1, 7-5 and German fourth seed Zverev rip Thirty third-ranked Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3. Barty subsequent performs American Shelby Rogers as she chases a sixth trophy of the yr and first US Open quarter-finals spot. German Oscar Otte, ranked 144th, turned the fifth males’s qualifier to achieve the third spherical by defeating 92nd-ranked American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.