US OPEN 2012
Djokovic Untroubled To Start Defence; Garcia-Lopez Fights Past Monaco
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Italian Paolo Lorenzi made a promising start against defending champion Novak Djokovic, with a break in the opening game Tuesday evening on Arthur Ashe Stadium, but quickly became the World No. 2’s first victim of the 2012 US Open.
Djokovic needed just 73 minutes to brush aside the 69th-ranked Lorenzi 6-1, 6-0, 6-1, going on a 12-game run after the first game. He converted on nine of his 13 break point chances and finished the match with 32 winners to 12 unforced errors.
"I tried to analyse my game, and my game was great from the start to the end," he said. "It's also important for me to try to be as economical with the time I spend on the court as possible, but obviously not underestimating any opponent. I played really focussed, tried to get to the net also. It was great all in all."
The 25-year-old Serbian has reached the semi-finals or better in his past five appearances at the US Open, and lifted the trophy for the first time last year with victory over Rafael Nadal in the final. He next plays Brazilian Rogerio Dutra Silva, currently No. 112 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings, who advanced with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5 win over Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.
Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez prevailed in a thriller on Grandstand Court, rallying from an 0-2 sets deficit for the first time in his career to upset 10th-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in four hours and 31 minutes.
The World No. 11, who had reached the Round of 16 last year, eased through the first two sets in 70 minutes before the 68th-ranked Garcia-Lopez began his fight back.
Monaco twice rallied from a break down in the fifth set, the second time with his opponent serving for the match at 5-3, but the Spaniard's 6-2 lead in the tie-break proved to be insurmountable. Garcia-Lopez capitalised on his second match point opportunity to defeat a Top 20 player for the first time since beating World No. 4 Andy Murray in March at the BNP Paribas Open.
He will look to advance beyond the second round for the first time at the US Open when he next faces Fabio Fognini. The Italian battled back to defeat Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov, the No. 14 seed, and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis will meet in the second round after both recorded five-set wins Tuesday night. Like Garcia-Lopez and Fognini, Dolgopolov came from two-sets down to beat American Jesse Levine 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Meanwhile, Baghdatis went the distance to beat German Matthias Bachinger 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(5).
Dolgopolov, who leads Baghdatis 3-1 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head Series, reached the fourth round last year in New York. Baghdatis has not advanced beyond the second round in his six previous tournament appearances.