World No. 1 Novak Djokovic overtook Brandon Kyle Edmund 6-4 (-5-5) -3-3 (7-)) on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in 2020 and advance to the third round of the US Open.
Edmund was bathed in sweat on a hot and humid day at Flushing Meadows when the cool and collected Djokovic was determined to win his 18th Grand Slam title and lift his 2020 match record to 25-2.
This is the second best start of any season since Serb went 41-0 in 2011.
Athletes two other members of the Big Three – Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal – were absent from the tournament, so Djokovic was too fond of picking up the trophy and began to show why the Serbs were slow.
Edmund took a hard opening set to throw the timebreak opening-5.
It knocked Djokovic all the way to the Australian Open and he never surrendered to another 4th-ranked Briton.
“I want to wish my daughter Tara a happy birthday. She is three years old today so she gave me a lot of strength and energy. I love you dear,” said Djokovic, the father of two.
Stefanos Sisypus overcame a service-voicing storm from Maxim Cressi before beating American Wildcard -6–6 (-2-2) -3-3 6-4 to reach the third round.
In a slow-paced competition of short, sharp points, fourth-seeded Sitsipas had to fight at a set point against French-born Cressi, who beat 21 SKs and relentlessly pushed.
Fascinated by his original draw debut in the Grand Slam, Cressi dragged Greek into the final set but fatigue broke out in the ninth game, sealing Sitsipas’ hard-fought victory.
Sisypus will next play Croatia’s Borna Karik to secure a place in the next 16.
No-5-seed (10-6) -3-3 win-1 Alexander Zaverev, the German No. 5 seed, faced an exciting challenge from American wildcard Brandon Nakashima to claim victory.
Xavier did not take part in a solid all-round display, but the teenager Nakashima was his four-setter, ranked 223rd in the world and coached by 196 former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash.
“My second serve was a bit shaky but I didn’t break down,” Zaverev said.
“My back is also shaky. I need to practice some more. ”
Young gunman Dennis Shapovalov twice forced to come back from behind to beat Kwan Sun-U-6–7 (-5-5) -4-4 6–4-6-2 to advance to the third round of the US Open for the fourth time this year.
The twelfth seed had all sorts of problems against uninterrupted South Korea and lost the first set of the quarter and went 4-2 in third place.
Belgium’s Sean David Goffin was also ahead in Bel-6 (6–6) 4–6 -4-1 6-4 against Lloyd Harris of South Africa.