NEW YORK (AP) — Barely 40 minutes into his second-round match at the U.S. Open, top-seeded Novak Djokovic was a point from losing the opening set. A dozen minutes later, he was in control, on his way to a straight-set victory.
After taking a bit to adjust the swirling wind Friday at Flushing Meadows, 2011 champion Djokovic beat 87th-ranked Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-2.
Djokovic, a finalist in New York four of the past six years, got broken for the only time in the opening set, allowing Becker to serve for it at 5-4. Becker — best known for beating Andre Agassi at the 2006 U.S. Open in the last match of the American's career — then held two sets points.
But Becker wasted the first with a forehand into the net and the second with a backhand wide. Another missed backhand let Djokovic break, and he never let up.