Novak Djokovic did not expect Naomi Osaka to play her third-round match in Cincinnati on Court No. 10. Giving his thoughts on it, the Belgrade native said: "I saw that, too, to be honest. I was surprised, too, to be honest.
I don't know -- well, obviously in a combined event it's always tricky because someone will have to go out from the first court or first two courts. But she's No. 1. So I think she deserves to be at least on the grandstand if not center court."
On how it felt to play on Court No. 10, Osaka said: "I thought it was really nice because I could kind of feel everyone's energy. It's been a while since I have played on, like, a really close court like that. I mean, for me, I'm the type of person that will play on any court.
But I thought it was a bit funny, especially since, like, that's kind of a doubles court in a way. Because I saw there was a lot of doubles matches on there. But, I mean, I'll play on whatever court." Was it frustrating not having Hawk-Eye today? "Yeah, I mean, definitely there were a lot of questionable calls.
I asked her a question. She didn't really make sense. But moving on... But yeah, I think it went both ways because I think she also wanted to challenge a couple of times." On how it felt to hit 15 aces, Osaka concluded: "I thought my rhythm was really good.
Then I got a time violation. So I had to change my rhythm, whatever. I mean, I thought it was fine. Worked out in the end."