Novak Djokovic made it 26 wins in a row, but not before a brief moment of pause. Kyle Edmund had stayed toe-to-toe with him in the first set and took it on a tie-break – the first person to win one against him this year. However, as Djokovic started to go through the gears, Edmund found himself losing his grip on staying in contention.
“Credit to him for winning the first set. He deserved it. He was playing really well. Wasn’t easy for me. I mean, he was hitting his spots with serve, high percentage of first serves, forehand, backhand, protecting the line. In the second set things started to change a little bit, started to feel more comfortable, started to read his serve better. I thought I was serving better than I did in the first round.
“I’m actually glad I did drop a set and got tested the way I did today against Kyle. I expected it to be a tough, tough task. I’m really glad having an early kind of tough match in the tournament, because it kind of serves me better I think for the rest of the tournament.”
Naomi Osaka made up for a long battle in her first round with a far more efficient romp over Camila Giorgi for the loss of just three games, late on Arthur Ashe stadium.
Top of the list was a battle of the Caro/Karos as top seed Karolina Pliskova was dumped out of the US Open by Caroline Garcia. While chaos continues to reign around the withdrawal of Benoit Paire from the tournament, and the effect on players who had been around him, Garcia (who obviously was not at the infamous card game) calmly went about her business and demolished the Czech in the first set for a ‘baguette’ before Pliskova spun into some kind of life in the second set.
Pliskova came from 2-4 down in the second set to force a tie-break before winning five points on the bounce in the tie-break.
As reported in USOpen.org, Garcia said: “Past year was a little bit complicated. You always have ups and downs in your career and have to learn from it, and I think it is paying off. I stayed focused, I knew that she was not going to give me the match, I stayed calm and that was the most important thing.”
In the continuing fall-out regarding the withdrawal of Paire from the tournament following a positive test for coronavirus, Kristina Mladenovic had earlier voiced her frustration at the measures imposed on players who had been around him, and pulled no punches after squandering a 6-1 5-1 lead, with five match points going begging, as Varvara Gracheva rallied to dominate the Frenchwoman in the final set for a ‘bagel’.
Mladenovic: It’s definitely the most painful loss I’ve had in my career… I collapsed.
Physically & mentally I’m completely drained. It’s just worse & worse. I don’t have comments to make, I just would like to thank USTA for the unreal experience. Yeah I don’t wanna comment.
Although some French players caught up in this situation felt that things were not all bad!
I went from being unknown at slams to feeling like Roger! I have my personal car, my bodyguards. They put us in rooms that are almost like suites…
I prefer to laugh about it, I’m not going to cry. Just happy to be able to play #USOpenhttps://t.co/0Bwrs3yn4kpic.twitter.com/GVIkubCezv
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