When Novak Djokovic missed a triple bagel: 'I felt a bit for my rival'



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When Novak Djokovic missed a triple bagel: 'I felt a bit for my rival'

Novak Djokovic was a player on a mission in 2011, losing only two matches before the US Open and seeking the tenth title of the season 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 to move closer to a potential triple bagel but 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!

In the sixth game, Carlos sprayed a backhand mistake to lose it 6-0 in 20 minutes.

Novak Djokovic won the opening 14 games against Carlos Berlocq at the 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.

In game four, Djokovic seized the fourth break chance and delivered a double bagel with his sixth consecutive break in game six for 6-0, 6-0 in 49 minutes. At the beginning of the third set, the Serb fended off a break chance and produced a break in game two following an incredible exchange at the net and a smash winner.

Taking the opening 14 games, Novak slowed down a bit at 6-0, 6-0, 2-0 and got broken twice in a row. Still, Carlos failed to hold serve 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 back many balls and closed the points when I needed to. I served well and hit many winners. Return was also on a very high level. I felt fantastic on the court, and 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, and it 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 the 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 for the upcoming encounters," Novak Djokovic said.