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Patna : World No 1 & top seed Novak Djokovic, 34, Serbia, beat qualifier Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune, 18, Denmark, in four-sets to reach second round of US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year, on September 1, 2021, early morning. Djokovic beat World No 145 Rune 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in first round on Arthur Ashe Stadium, USA.

Djokovic hammered 17 Aces during the match to just 1 by Rune. The Serbia won 8 break points in the match to 2 by Rune. But, the World No 1 also committed 7 double faults to 4 by the Dane, who won the lone tiebreak. Djokovic also won 7 games in a row during the match to 3 by the Dane. The Serbian won 70 service points to 52 by Rune.  Djokovic, in all, won 111 points during the match to 79 points by the Dane. Rune, nevertheless, put up a great fight. Djokovic will face World No 121 Tallon Griekspoor, 25, Netherlands, in 2nd round.

World No 20 Gael Monfils, 34, France, beat World No 62 Federico Coria, 29, Argentina, in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in first round. Monfils won 6 break points during the match to 2 by the Argentine. The Frenchman fired 8 Aces during the match to 2 bt Coria. The Arentine committed 6 double faults in the match to 3 by 17th seed Monfils