Djokovic Dispatches Zverev To Reach French Open Semis
Novak Djokovic reaches 2019 French Open semi-final (image courtesy EPA)

Defending champion and world number one player, Novak Djokovic, and third-seeded Roger Federer have advanced to the second round of the 2019 US Open.

Djokovic defeated Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena 6/4, 6/1, 6/4 while Federer survived a scare after losing the first set 4-6 before beating India’s Sumit Nagal.

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The 32-year old Djokovic achieved victory in one hour and 52 minutes against the 22-year old world number 76.

Djokovic made 44 out of 73 first serves but won percent of deliveries. He converted four of 11 break opportunities, while he did not face a single break point.

Although both players hit 25 outright winning shots, Djokovic had a higher number of unforced errors yet tallied a total of 94 points to Baena’s 70.

Serena Williams and other women players achieved straight set victories, except for Ashleigh Barty who dropped the first set before rallying to defeat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan, 1/6; 63; 6/3 in 102 minutes. It was a different story with the men.

Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak ranked 94, achieved an upset over world number 73, Nicolas Jarry of Chile, 6/7(2); 7/6(5); &/6(6); 1/6; 6/4. Lithuania’s Ricardas Berankis defeated Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic 4/6; 7/6; 3/6(4); 7/6(4); 6/4. Jeremy Chardy of France defeated Hurkacz, 3/6; 6/3; 6/7(6); 6/1; 6/4.