Djokovic Begins Calendar Slam Quest

September 1, 2021 Djokovic Begins Calendar Slam Quest

By: Jeff Yoder

1-Seeds Novak Djokovic & Ashleigh Barty Victorious in Beginning of U.S. Open Pursuit

Day 2 of the U.S. Open brought the opening-round matches for each of the No. 1 seeds, but a pair of early tests didn’t stop Novak Djokovic and Ashleigh Barty from cruising. Djokovic dropped his second set before smashing his opponent in sets three and four, and he’s well on his way to a fourth slam title in 2021. Barty went to a tiebreaker in her second, but it was still a straight-set victory in Round 1. You can see all of Tuesday’s U.S. Open highlights below.


Men’s Singles Highlights

(1) N. Djokovic def. H. Rune (6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1)

(4) A. Zverev def. S. Querrey (6-4, 7-5, 6-2)

(6) M. Berrettini def. J. Chardy (7-6, 7-6, 6-3)

(7) D. Shapovalov def. F. Delbonis (6-2, 6-2, 6-3)

M. Cressy def. (9) P. Carreno (5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6)

(10) H. Hurkacz def. E. Gerasimov (6-3, 6-4, 6-3)


Women’s Singles Highlights

(1) A. Barty def. V. Zvonareva (6-1, 7-6)

(4) K. Pliskova def. C. McNally (6-3, 6-4)

(6) B. Andreescu def. V. Golubic (7-5, 4-6, 7-5)

(7) I. Swiatek def. J. Loeb (6-3, 6-4)

(10) P. Kvitova def. P. Hercog (6-1, 6-2)

(11) B. Bencic def. A. Rus (6-4, 6-4)


Wednesday’s schedule features Naomi Osaka, Coco Gauff and Sloane Stephens. You can see the full schedule of today’s matches here.


Additional Storylines

ESPN: Despite Struggle, Novak Djokovic Keeps Cool Under Pressure in Round 1

USOpen: Bianca Andreescu Remains Undefeated at New York City in Her Career

Yahoo! SportsAmerican Qualifier Maxime Cressy Upsets Pablo Carreno Busta in 5-Set Thriller


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