By Richard Pagliaro | Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Defending champion Novak Djokovic fired 15 aces stopping Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-1, to cruise to his eighth straight win in Cincinnati.

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Novak Djokovic sure knows how to enliven the neighborhood.

The world No. 1 prepared for his return racing around the suburban Cincinnati community where he rents a home.

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Shedding opening-game rust, the reigning Cincinnati champion ran Sam Querrey right out of the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 7-5, 6-1, scoring his eighth straight win.

Djokovic saved three of four break points and banged his 15th ace to seal a 78-minute victory in style.

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Novak is BACK 👌

Defending champ@DjokerNole pushes past Sam Querrey 7-5 6-1 to book his spot in round 3 at #CincyTennis

August 13, 2019

It was the 32-year-old Serbian’s first match since he fought off two championship points out-dueling 20-time Grand Slam king Roger Federer in the longest Wimbledon final in history to capture his 16th career Grand Slam.

Last August, Djokovic defeated seven-time Cincinnati champion Federer in straight sets to collect his first Western & Southern Open championship and make history as the first man to collect all nine Masters 1000 titles.

Rust was evident at the outset today as Djokovic coughed up three double faults then couldn’t control a net-cord shot dropping serve in the opening game.

Wild card Querrey stunned Djokovic 7-6(6), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5), in their last meeting at the 2016 Wimbledon and knows the importance of holding serve against the game’s premier returner.

Through his two opening service games, Querrey was effective controlling the court with his forehand but he sprayed a forehand in the sixth game as Djokovic broke back.

Serving to force a tie break at 5-6, Querrey surprised the top seed coming in then caressed a challenging backhand half-volley to deny set point.

On the next point, the 6’6″ American again moved forward only this time he couldn’t control the volley.

The elastic Djokovic is so skilled redirecting deep returns off heavy serves and he did it again coaxing a Querrey error to take the opening set with a shout and a clenched fist.

Shaky starts to both sets marked Djokovic’s return from a month off. Querrey hit a fine backhand pass down the line that helped him earned double break point to start …read more

Source:: Daily Times


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