Tennis: Holder Djokovic safely into US Open second round

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, dances for fans after beating Roberto Carballes Baena, of Spain, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament on Aug 26, 2019, in New York.
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, dances for fans after beating Roberto Carballes Baena, of Spain, during the first round of the US Open tennis tournament on Aug 26, 2019, in New York.PHOTO: AP

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Novak Djokovic began his US Open title defense in style with a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in first-round action on Monday (Aug 26).

The top-seeded Serbian, who has claimed four of the last five Grand Slam titles, took some time to settle in to his first career meeting with Carballes Baena but after a tight first set was off to the races.

Djokovic got an early break to go ahead 2-0 in the second set and never looked back as the three-times champion used a mix of deft volleys, solid movement and great instincts to secure the win.

Up next for Djokovic will be either American Sam Querrey or Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.