Djokovic wins against cramping qualifier Rune | Daily News

Djokovic wins against cramping qualifier Rune

Novak Djokovic in action
Novak Djokovic in action

Novak Djokovic began his bid for a calendar Grand Slam by eventually easing through against injured Danish qualifier Holger Rune at the US Open on Tuesday.

Djokovic won 6-1, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-1 as Rune, 18, was hampered by cramps from the third set of his Grand Slam debut.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev started his bid with a straight-set victory against American Sam Querrey.

The 24-year-old - who reached the final in 2020 - wrapped up his routine 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win in one hour and 40 minutes.

Zverev is looking to add a first Grand Slam title to the Olympic gold he won in Tokyo at the start of August.

Djokovic’s bid to become the first man to win a ‘Golden Slam’ - all four Grand Slams and the Olympic title in the same year - was ended by Zverev in the Tokyo 2020 semi-finals. But the world number one is still the heavy favourite to win at Flushing Meadows and become only the sixth player to complete a clean sweep of the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open. (BBC)


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