US Open 2021 – Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune LIVE: World No.1 Djokovic survives second set scare, beats Holger Rune 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

US Open 2021 - Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune LIVE: World No.1 Djokovic survives second set scare, beats Holger Rune 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
US Open 2021 - Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune LIVE: World No.1 Djokovic survives second set scare, beats Holger Rune 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

US Open 2021 – Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune LIVE: World No.1 Djokovic survives second set scare, beats Holger Rune 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 – World No.1 Novak Djokovic started off his bid to lift a Career Slam when he clinched a four-set win over teenager Holger Rune on Wednesday. Rune put up a tough fight for the 34-year-old veteran but had to eventually succumb to defeat, struggling with an injury issue as well. While the result was as convincing as Djokovic would have liked, the Serbian ace keeps his challenge for a 21st Grand Slam alive.

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Djokovic started off in fine fashion, dominating the proceedings by clinching the first set with relative ease. However, Holger ranked 145th in the world however should hiss mettle and clinched the second set via a tiebreaker, to put Djokovic under pressure. The 18-year-old then went on a slide following an injury, and Djokovic made the most of it, clinch a regulation win. Djokovic acknowledged Rune’s efforts and said, “It wasn’t the best of my performances. But at the same time, he played well in the second set when it mattered.”

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic vs Holger Rune Live – 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

@7:03 AM: Done and dusted! Novak Djokovic seals progression after a hard-fought win over rookie Holger Rune to advance to round 2. 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1

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H. Rune
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7(7)
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1

@7:01 AM: Rune delays Djokovic’s celebration, claims game six, avoids a bagel.

@7:00 AM: The World No.1 is now in a hurry, claims game five with unerring ease.

@6:58 AM: Djokovic is now two games away from victory as he brushes aside Rune in game 4. The Dane did well to force a deuce, but the World No.1’s superior quality and fitness ensured the win.

@6:53 AM: Djokovic races to a 3-0 lead, as Rune struggles to put up response after his injury.

@6:50 AM: Djokovic makes light work of his opponent, clinches the first two games of fourth set.

@6:42 AM: Novak Djokovic clinches the third set in som style, as Rune hobbles on. The World No.1 is one set away from victory.

 

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N. Djokovic
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6(5)
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H. Rune
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7(7)
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@6:37 AM: The World No.1 ruthlessly cashes on a visibly struggling 18-year-old, clinches game 7 to lead 5-2.

@6:35 AM: The 18-year-old fights through pain and ends Djokovic’s dominating sequence. Breaks back to clinch his second game of the set. Djokovic leads 4-2.

@6:32 AM: Rune’s troubles continue as he calls up his trainer for consultation. Appears to have had cramps on his left leg. No medical timeout.

@6:29 AM: The World No.1 gets going, convincingly clinching his third consecutive game to lead 4-1 in the third set.

@6:26 AM: Novak Djokovic clinches back to back games, takes 3-1 lead

@6:23 AM: Novak Djokovic aces his service game, takes 2-1 lead having won eight of nine points on his serve.

@6:21 AM: Holger Rune is putting up an impressive fight, snatches game 2 to level at 1-1.

@6:18 AM: Novak Djokovic produces a no-nonsense first game, takes a 1-0 lead in the decisive third set.

@6:13 AM: Holger Rune is pumped up as he clinches a dramatic second set; wins tiebreaker 7-5. Djokovic 6-1, 6-7 Rune

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N. Djokovic
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6 (5)
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H. Rune
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7 (7)
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@6:08 AM: Djokovic bounces back to get a mini-break, but trails 4-2 in the tie-breaker.

@6:05 AM: Holger Rune starts off the tiebreaker with a signature overhand, and races to a 3-0 lead.

@6:02 AM: Holger Rune gets his lead up to 6-5, but Djokovic upped his service game to force a second-set tiebreaker. Djokovic 6-1, 6-6 Rune

@5:55 AM: Holger Rune gets the crowd in his corner, leads 5-4 in second set.
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N. Djokovic
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H. Rune
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Novak Djokovic is all set to begin his historic journey in the US Open 2021. He will face off Holger Rune of Denmark in his opening round. The Spaniard will be looking to start off his campaign with an easy straight sets win. He is chasing multiple records in the ongoing US Open. The 34-year-old can pip Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal by winning the 21st Grand Slam. He could also become the first player to win a calendar grand slam in the 21st century by clinching the US Open 2021 title.

On the other hand, Holger Rune is heading into the match with straight wins in Qualifers of the US Open. The 24-seed could win a set against the tennis superstar owing to Djokovic’s slow start at Grand Slams. In fact, it has become a pattern for the World No.1 to start off slow before launching himself in the seventh gear.

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  • Djokovic is coming on the back of straight losses in Olympic games. But he has won 8 out of his last 10 matches.
  • The Serbian has won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
  • He is yet to lose a single hardcourt match in 2021.
  • Holger Rune, who is making his Grand Slam debut, needs to play out of his skins to beat Novak Djokovic.

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