Djokovic faces an American wild card in the Ashe Night match at the US Open.


New York:

Novak Djokovic on Monday took another step towards the first men’s singles calendar year grand slam in 52 years when he will face Jensen Brooksby at the US Open.

World number one Djokovic met the 99th-ranked American wildcard in the first night’s match at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the American Labor Day holiday.

The 34-year-old Serbian, who has never played 20-year-old Brooksby, is trying to win his first major men’s title since Rod Lever in 1969.

Djokovic will advance to the quarterfinals in the fourth round, winning just three more of the historic trophies.

With the US Open title, Djokovic will also claim the 21st Grand Slam crown of his career, one ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, both absent due to injury.

Djokovic will be followed at the main stadium by 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andresco, Canada’s sixth seed, who is 10-0 behind the US Open at all times since missing last year. She will meet 17th seed Maria Sakari of Greece.

The day’s session on Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev Ashe will start with 13th seed Jenk Sunner of Italy.

American Shelby Rogers, who upset world number one and Australian Wimbledon champion Ashley Barty in the third round, met 18-year-old British qualifier Emma Radukano in the fourth round match.

Fourth seed Carolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic has a grand stand afternoon match with 14th seed Anastasia Pavlochenkova of Russia.

The line-up at the Louis Armstrong Stadium began with Poland’s seventh-seeded Ega Svetic, with Switzerland’s 11th-seeded Belinda Binsk meeting with the Tokyo Olympic champion.

South African Lloyd Harris met 22nd seed Riley Opelka and German qualifier Oscar Ote met Italian sixth seed Matteo Barretini in the final Armstrong match.

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