World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has advanced to the next round after knocking out Damir Dzumhur in the US Open first round.
The Serb, 33, raced through the opening set before being tested in the second on his way to a 6-1 6-4 6-1 win.
The 33-year-old has the full intention to capitalize on the absence of fellow greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who will not participate in the event due to coronavirus concerns and knee injury respectively, in New York.
But that is still not going to be easy as Djokovic will still have to battle the likes of Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, who also won their openers, for an 18th Grand Slam title.
He will now face Kyle Edmund in the second round after the British number two came from behind to beat Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik.
This will be their seventh meeting and their second at Flushing Meadows, with Edmund beating Djokovic only once at the Madrid clay in 2018.
“He has a really good serve and forehand, those are two big weapons,” said Djokovic. “I’ve had some really good matches in the past against him at Wimbledon, a tough four-setter a few years ago.
“He doesn’t feel so much pressure playing on the big court, obviously it’s different circumstances here, but he actually likes the challenge.
“His results were kind of up and down a little bit but I think he does have the game and the potential to be in the top 20 without a doubt, where I expect him to be soon.
“It’s going to be a tough one, I’m sure he has not so much to lose in that match and it’s important for me to start off well.”
Djokovic has won all 24 of his matches in 2020, which include titles at the Australian Open, Dubai Tennis Championships and last week’s Western and Southern Open.