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Djokovic questions Open clock on way to 24-0

By The Assam Tribune

NEW YORK, Sept 1: Novak Djokovic admittedly got a bit distracted. He was unaware of the US Open rule about time allowed between points. He barked in the direction of his entourage among the only people in the Arthur Ashe Stadium seats. In the end, though, he did what he always does in 2020: win.

�I lost my focus,� Djokovic said afterward.

�Kind of got stressed out a couple of times. Screamed.�

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic began his bid for Grand Slam title No. 18 on Monday night by extending his season start to 24-0 with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur at Flushing Meadows.

�Do I want to keep the streak going? Of course, I do. Am I thinking about it as a priority No. 1 every single day? No,� said Djokovic, who opened 2011 with a 41-0 mark.

�It�s there, and of course it�s an additional motivation for me. It actually fuels me to play even stronger, play even better, I think, bring the right intensity every match.� During a pre-match TV interview, Dzumhur said about Djokovic: �Hopefully, he is not 100 per cent.� That was probably a reference to the way Djokovic dealt with neck and stomach issues during last week�s run to the Western & Southern Open title on the same hard courts being used for the US Open. Djokovic played a three-set semifinal on Friday, then a three-set final on Saturday.

But the 48 hours before facing Dzumhur, who has been ranked as high as 23rd and now is 109th, apparently were enough for a full physical recovery.

�I felt good on the court today,� said Djokovic, who trails only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, in the men�s Grand Slam trophy standings.

Neither of those rivals is entered in the US Open, only part of the reason Djokovic is an overwhelming favourite to win what would be his sixth title in a span of eight major tournaments. � AP

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Djokovic questions Open clock on way to 24-0

NEW YORK, Sept 1: Novak Djokovic admittedly got a bit distracted. He was unaware of the US Open rule about time allowed between points. He barked in the direction of his entourage among the only people in the Arthur Ashe Stadium seats. In the end, though, he did what he always does in 2020: win.

�I lost my focus,� Djokovic said afterward.

�Kind of got stressed out a couple of times. Screamed.�

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic began his bid for Grand Slam title No. 18 on Monday night by extending his season start to 24-0 with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur at Flushing Meadows.

�Do I want to keep the streak going? Of course, I do. Am I thinking about it as a priority No. 1 every single day? No,� said Djokovic, who opened 2011 with a 41-0 mark.

�It�s there, and of course it�s an additional motivation for me. It actually fuels me to play even stronger, play even better, I think, bring the right intensity every match.� During a pre-match TV interview, Dzumhur said about Djokovic: �Hopefully, he is not 100 per cent.� That was probably a reference to the way Djokovic dealt with neck and stomach issues during last week�s run to the Western & Southern Open title on the same hard courts being used for the US Open. Djokovic played a three-set semifinal on Friday, then a three-set final on Saturday.

But the 48 hours before facing Dzumhur, who has been ranked as high as 23rd and now is 109th, apparently were enough for a full physical recovery.

�I felt good on the court today,� said Djokovic, who trails only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, in the men�s Grand Slam trophy standings.

Neither of those rivals is entered in the US Open, only part of the reason Djokovic is an overwhelming favourite to win what would be his sixth title in a span of eight major tournaments. � AP

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