New York — Novak Djokovic missed an overhead, staring at a part of the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium. After the next game, Djokovic stared in that direction again. Later, he told the referee that someone made noise in the middle of scoring, which was considered a taboo in tennis.
Well, this almost provided some intrigue and interest for Djokovic in the second round of the US Open, because after about 15 minutes on Thursday, the final result seemed quite obvious. Or even before he and his 121st-ranked opponent set foot on the court on a cool, breezy night.
Of course, this made Djokovic happy, because he took another step towards completing the first men’s tennis grand slam in the calendar year since 1969, and won the 21st Grand Slam championship, surpassing him and The common achievement of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. In the 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Talon Grikespur, Djokovic was not excited because of some interference during the game.
“I am on the court with the right intensity and the right attention. In my opinion, this is definitely a better performance than a few days ago,” said No. 1 Djokovic, referring to Tuesday. At that time, he lost a set and was taken aback when he heard what he thought was a boo but it was actually a boo. “Ruuuuune!” The last name chanted as his 18-year-old enemy Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune.
The most important thing is: Djokovic’s record this week in Flushing Meadows is 2-0, this year’s record in the Grand Slam tournament is 23-0, and there are five victories between him and history.
“I have the motivation to do well as always,” said Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, who will face Kei Nishikori, a finalist of the 2014 US Open. “I work hard every day to do my best. Let us see what happens.”
This is only Grikespool’s fourth Grand Slam game. Grikespool is a 25-year-old Dutchman who often appears in the lower-level ATP Challenger Tour. And he has never really had a chance against Djokovic, who scored a 3-1 lead and is on the road.
Djokovic ruled every statistical category. He served well and hit 13 aces. He occasionally serves and volleys. His return was enough to win half of Grikespool’s serve. He dominated the baseline communication.
Perhaps this is why ESPN’s TV broadcast was cut off in the third set.
Earlier Thursday, the only problem with No. 1 Ash Barty and other top women was the delay in trying to reach Flushing Meadows after the remnants of Hurricane Ida swept across the northeastern United States the previous night.
Batty, two-time Grand Slam champion, including Wimbledon champion in July, three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Korbel, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, Wimbledon double champion Pete La Kvitova and other seeded women, including Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova) Maria Sakari, No. 23 Jessica Pegula, and No. 28 Arnett Kontavite advanced to the third round by winning two sets in the afternoon game.
In the evening, the 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andrescu defeated Lauren Davis 6-4, 6-4 to improve her championship record to 9-0.
Men’s champions include Summer Olympic gold medalist and 2020 U.S. Open runner-up Alexander Zverev, 2021 Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini, No. 17 Gail Monfils and the U.S. 22 No. seed Riley Opelka
As the sun came out and there was no cloud, the second round of the outfield match was postponed from 11 a.m. to noon so that the U.S. Tennis Association had time to clean up fallen branches and other scattered debris and ensure everything was normal and ready to participate in the last game of the year The fourth day of the Grand Slam tournament.
After everything is ready, it’s just a traffic delay caused by the player’s traffic navigation due to road closures and vehicles being abandoned overnight; the journey from Manhattan to Queens usually takes 30-45 minutes, and for some people it takes 1 1/2 Hours or more.
“We must conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the venue and ensure that the stadium is playable and that the Hawkeye (electronic circuit call) is functioning properly,” said USTA spokesperson Chris Widmaier.
He said that although the forecast said there would be heavy rain on Wednesday night, the New York police did not advise the US Tourism Administration to cancel the evening meeting in its twice daily briefing.
Eventually, the Office of the National Weather Service in New York declared a flash flood emergency in the area, and the subway station and tracks were flooded, so that the Metropolitan Transportation Administration suspended all services and New York City A travel ban will be imposed on all non-emergency vehicles until 5 AM on Thursday.
“Trying to understand what happened at the scene is incredible. I know there have been many flash floods and many people are in trouble,” Batty said. “I hope that many people at the scene can go home safely. New Yorkers can generally go home because this is a pretty violent storm. It did cause some damage. Obviously, today’s start time is late, I think, obviously it is. Because the site is damaged.”
“It took us a while to get in this morning, but we allowed that time,” she added, “anticipating more problems than just normal commuting.”
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