Novak Djokovic avoids the crowd in a ‘not ideal’ start to his US Open bid.
Novak Djokovic’s typical post-match celebration in honor of the audience was missing as he began his quest for history at the US Open with a first-round victory.
Novak Djokovic started his quest for history at the US Open by defeating qualifier Holger Rune in four sets. With a win at Flushing Meadows, the world No. 1 can become the first man to win a record 21st Major and the first since 1969 to complete the Calender Grand Slam. While his 145th-ranked opponent created some concern by taking the second set on a tie-break, Djokovic was truly taxed by the New York crowd, which he described as “not ideal.”
Djokovic’s campaign got off to a shaky start as 18-year-old Rune came back from a break down in the second set to win a tie-break.
Before that, the world No. 1 got out to a strong start, leading 6-1, and was never in doubt after dropping set two, winning 6-1 6-7(5) 6-2 6-1 while the world No. 145 squeezed on the other end of the court.
The night-session audience on Arthur Ashe caused Djokovic the greatest trouble, as they could be heard cheering for the underdog, despite the young Dane proving himself on the big stage against the top seed.
Following his victory, the Serb avoided the throng, failing to complete his typical post-winning celebration of sharing his heart with all four corners of the audience.
It was his first match in front of the US Open crowd since losing in the round of 16 to Stan Wawrinka in 2019 due to a shoulder ailment.
Djokovic, who has previously faced hostile crowds, admitted that he mistookly believed he was being booed by fans screaming “Ruuuune.”
“To be honest, I had no idea what they were chanting. In his post-match press conference, the three-time US Open champion said, “I believed they were booing.”
“I don’t know, it wasn’t the best environment for me… But I’d been in similar situations before, so I understood how to deal with it.”
Despite the fact that he was still able to win convincingly after dropping the second set, the Serb said that he would love to have the support of the crowd.
He went on to say, “It’s the world’s largest stadium.” Brinkwire Summary News