MASON – The last time Cincinnati saw World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the 32-year-old Serbian was lifting the Rookwood Cup this time last year, celebrating his first career title at the Western & Southern Open to become the first player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events, an accomplishment dubbed the “career Golden Masters.”
Tuesday evening, as the sun was making its slow decline in the western sky, Djokovic began his title defense on Center Court against 6-foot-6 American Sam Querrey with a 7-5, 6-1 win to secure the first spot in the third round.
Defending Western & Southern Open champion Novak Djokovic squared off against American Sam Querrey on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. (Photo: The Enquirer/Sam Greene)
It was Djokovic’s first competitive singles match since he claimed his 16th Grand Slam title last month at Wimbledon in an epic five-set match against Roger Federer, the same man he beat in last year’s W&S Open final.
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Querrey was attacking Djokovic’s serve in the second set but the Serbian didn’t flinch, opting instead to showcase why he’s the top player in the world by saving four break points in the second set.
While he was saving break points on his own serve, Djokovic, arguably the greatest’s returner of serve of all time, took two break points off Querrey’s serve en route to five straight points to close the door on the second set and the match.
Djokovic will face the winner of John Isner and Pablo Carreno Busta in the third round.
Source:: Daily Times