Mon. Jul 22nd, 2024

Novak Djokovic eased previous Bernabe Zapata Miralles to succeed in the third spherical of the US Open as Dominic Stricker secured the most important win of his profession in opposition to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Second seed Djokovic made it safely by means of after demolishing Spain’s Miralles on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Serbian, chasing a historic twenty fourth Grand Slam title, dropped simply six video games in a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory.

Extra accustomed to the intense lights of the New York night time session, the 36-year-old as an alternative absorbed the muggy afternoon warmth, firing off 35 winners whereas overcoming early inaccuracy on his first serve to finally break his opponent down.

Djokovic is already assured of retaking the world No 1 spot when the rankings are up to date after the match after profitable his opening match.

He’ll tackle fellow Serb Laslo Djere on Friday after the world No 38 made fast work of Frenchman Hugo Gaston 6-1 6-2 6-3 to advance.

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Djokovic stated he’s ‘nonetheless shifting properly for an previous man’ following his victory in opposition to Bernabe Zapata Miralles

Throughout his on-court interview, Djokovic was requested who would win a match between himself of current day and himself of 10 years in the past.

He stated: “Simple, no issues, straight units win for the 36-year-old!

“I do not need to play myself. I do not, however I do. Each single match I play myself probably the most in my thoughts. If I win this battle I win on the court docket.”

He continued by explaining what he has realized over the past decade.

“I need to say expertise, understanding, what must be performed in essential moments, preserving vitality and specializing in current second,” he stated. “I am nonetheless shifting properly for an previous fella!”

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Take a look at Djokovic’s high photographs from his win…

Henman: Djokovic’s effectivity a joke

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After beating Bernabe Zapata Miralles in straight units to succeed in the US Open third spherical, Tim Henman believes Novak Djokovic has an aura meaning quite a lot of gamers are crushed earlier than they step on the court docket to face him.

Sky Sports activities Tennis’ Tim Henman analysed Djokovic’s dominant efficiency in opposition to Zapata Miralles.

“I do not need to say the vast majority of gamers are crushed earlier than they exit on court docket, however they most likely are.

“You exit and attempt to take these dangers, however while you get into these baseline exchanges along with his motion, it is only a joke how environment friendly he’s.”

Tsitsipas shocked by Stricker

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Highlights of Stefanos Tsitsipas’ shock second-round exit to Dominic Stricker

Stricker, the 21-year-old qualifier from Switzerland, ranked 128 on the earth, shocked two-time Grand Slam finalist Tsitsipas with 7-5 6-7 (2-7) 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 victory.

Stricker is a former French Open junior champion who just lately admitted his coach had instructed him to chop down on chocolate and cookies but it surely was Tsitsipas who was left feeling bitter after a four-hour slog on the Grandstand Courtroom.

“You understand, I got here out as we speak fairly properly as we speak and felt good from the primary set,” stated Stricker.

“Over 4 hours it was a troublesome battle and I am simply tremendous comfortable proper now. I will get pleasure from the remainder of the day and get better tomorrow.

“It is such an awesome day for me and such an awesome win. It offers me loads of confidence. I consider so much in me now.”

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Watch the second Stricker knocked Tsitsipas out of the US Open

Remarkably, Stricker may have been on the airplane again to Bern final week having confronted a match level within the second spherical of qualifying.

He has now achieved his greatest consequence at a Grand Slam, having bettered his run to the second spherical at Wimbledon earlier this summer time.

Tsitsipas served for the match at 5-3 within the fourth set, and the Greek stated: “That hasn’t occurred to me earlier than. It is the primary time for me.

“Often I am a lot harder mentally, and I’ve proven it by coming again. Regardless that generally I get damaged serving for the match, as an example, I nonetheless discover methods within the tie-break or maybe within the fifth set. Immediately was not the case.”

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Following an early exit for Tsitsipas, Martina Navratilova feels the Greek must work on his backhand if he is to realize his true potential

The US Open on Sky Sports activities: How and the place to observe

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Watch the US Open reside and unique on Sky Sports activities up till September 10. All courts might be accessible to observe for the primary time

The US Open is again on Sky Sports activities with the promise to present followers reside protection of the Grand Slam like by no means earlier than.

Sky welcomes tennis again to its channels, including to the present sports activities portfolio and reaffirming the broadcaster as the house of reside sport within the UK & Eire.

Sky Sports activities’ new combined actuality studio options a number of customized constructed LED screens, built-in mild ‘sabres’, and an open cover roof, making the area alive with color and vitality to replicate the vibrancy of the final Grand Slam of the yr.

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Relive Andy Murray’s rollercoaster profession on the US Open, which noticed him declare his maiden main title in 2012

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From Novak Djokovic to Iga Swiatek- it’s time to meet the US Open champion contenders!

With built-in AR capabilities, a flexible LED flooring, and a ‘fourth wall’, the viewer might be transported to the Arthur Ashe Stadium in a 360-degree immersive setting. Our tennis specialists will take the viewer into the eyes of the gamers for skilled Hawkeye evaluation and perception because the match progresses.

The expertise concerned permits us so as to add a complete new dimension and can carry clients nearer to the motion.

Highlights of matches might be accessible throughout Sky Sports activities TV and our social media platforms.

Video highlights may even be accessible of the Sky Sports activities web site and app, the place there may even be a day by day reside textual content commentary on the Sky Sports activities web site and app, in addition to reside scores, stories, evaluation and options.

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