Novak Djokovic was a player on a mission in 2011, losing only two matches before the US Open and seeking the season’s tenth title in New York! Novak sailed into the third round following a 6-0, 6-0, 6-2 victory over Carlos Berlocq in an hour and 30 minutes.
The Serb grabbed the opening 14 games and moved closer to a potential triple bagel, a rare feat in tennis. However, the Serb slowed down a bit on his serve and got broken twice. Novak claimed 82 points and left Carlos on 41, taking 67% of the return points and turning them into ten breaks from 20 chances.
Berlocq fought well in the third set and broke Djokovic twice to avoid a complete disaster and give the crowd something to cheer about. Novak broke in the encounter’s second game, hit a service winner in the next one and moved 4-0 ahead with a volley winner after 12 minutes!
Carlos sprayed a backhand mistake in the sixth game to fall 6-0 behind in 20 minutes.
Novak Djokovic won the opening 14 games against Carlos Berlocq at the 2011 US Open.
Novak broke in the second set’s second game with a volley winner and forged a 3-0 lead with a service winner a few minutes later.
Djokovic seized the fourth break chance in the fourth game and delivered a double bagel with his sixth consecutive break in game six for 6-0, 6-0 in 49 minutes! The Serb fended off a break chance at the beginning of the third set and produced a break in game two following an incredible exchange at the net and a smash winner.
Novak took the opening 14 games for a 6-0, 6-0, 2-0 advantage before easing his pace. Berlocq grabbed two breaks to get his name to the scoreboard and avoid a tripel bagel. However, the Argentine failed to make a hold and fell 4-2 behind.
Djokovic grabbed the seventh game with an ace and sealed the deal on the third match point in the next one thanks to his tenth consecutive break of serve! “First two sets were ideal; I could not play them better. I got many balls back and closed the points when I had to.
I served well and hit many winners. Return was also on a very high level, and I felt fantastic on the court. It’s always enjoyable when you compete at this level. I tried to focus on every game, not thinking about the end and a possible triple bagel.
The crowd got involved in the third set, which was great; we needed them in a one-sided match like this. Carlos started playing better, hitting some winners and deep shots. The crowd felt it was the right time to get involved.
I know Carlos off the court; he is a great guy. I had an answer for his every shot today, and I felt a bit for him, especially in the third set when he tried hard to get back. I have to give him credit for his fighting spirit.
This is the tournament where I want to perform at my best, and I’m not underestimating any opponent. I’m trying to get the job done as soon as possible and preserve energy,” Novak Djokovic said.