• Djokovic destroys Lorenzi in New York opener

    8/29/12 3:15 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Djokovic destroys Lorenzi in New York opener Novak Djokovic made a strong statement in his opening-round match, defeating Italy's Paolo Lorenzi.

    The rest of men's field should be on notice after Novak Djokovic completely dismantled Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-0, 6-1. The Serb played near flawless tennis in the brief 73-minute match. The one glitch was a break of serve that Lorenzi captured in the first set, which was one of two he won in the entire match.

    Djokovic won 79 points to Lorenzi's 35 and the Serb hit 32 winners to just 12 unforced errors.

    The world No. 2 could be on his way to multiple Grand Slam titles this year. Djokovic captured the first Slam of the year at the Australian Open, but came up short at the French Open and Wimbledon. He'll be looking for redemption in New York.

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Djokovic looks in top form.He's ready for the tough matches coming up later.Paolo is better on clay where he has more time.The speed of this court was too much for him.

stratocast51 , 8/29/12 3:39 AM

Lorenzi has never played a good match against Djokoivc...still, Nole was superb tonight...can't take that away from him no matter how ill-prepared his opponent was.

cherylmurray , 8/29/12 3:50 AM

it was the first GAME

RickyDimon , 8/29/12 4:10 AM

I wouldn't decide that Nole is in great form based on a win against Lorenzi. I want to see another one or two matches before I am ready to decide that he can win this thing.

Nativenewyorker , 8/29/12 5:01 AM

yeah, this was a non-match. says nothing about Djokovic. Correct NNY.

and yes, Cheryl, the rest of the field should be on notice: Djokovic lost two games to PAOLO LORENZI! That suggests he could get upset early.

RickyDimon , 8/29/12 5:05 AM

It appears that Lorenzi was too awed playing on Ashe. He's never played on Ashe and it can be very overwhelming for a lot of the lower ranked players. Tsonga was talking to the TC commentators and he mentioned that he likes to play on the Grandstand and/or smaller courts coz he likes the closeness of the crowd.

This was a batting practise match for the djoker. How could anyone say that Fed's got the easier draw? The only competition Djokovic has is Ferrer and DelPotro, and who knows how JDMP's wrist wil hold up.

scoretracker , 8/29/12 7:28 AM

delpo's wrist is a non-factor.

rfzr , 8/29/12 7:37 AM

@Ricky 5.05am

deuce , 8/29/12 11:08 AM

NNY, I was about to say the same: no matter how much I like Nole, this match is not an indicator of his form. Nole destroyed him at AO in the same manner. I think it was 6:0, 6:0, 3:0 before Lorenzi got on board. So, yes, good practice for Nole, I am happy he is in second round , but lets see how he plays later facing tougher opposition.

Ricky, you're funny ;)))

danica , 8/29/12 8:09 PM


Yes, it was good practice for him and now it's on to the second round.

Oh and yes, Ricky's funny! :)

Nativenewyorker , 8/29/12 9:02 PM

Current ATP-rankings

1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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