US Open: Novak Djokovic overcomes match point wobble to beat Tennys Sandgren and progress to third round

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC eased into round three but then launched an angry attack – on himself.

The Serbian was furious after failing to take a match point in the third set which allowed gutsy American Tennys Sandgren to pull one back.

Novak Djokovic was frustrated at not making his match point count after the third set against Tennys Sandgren
Novak Djokovic was frustrated at not making his match point count after the third set against Tennys Sandgren
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Djokovic flings his racket in the air in frustration against Sandgren
Djokovic flings his racket in the air in frustration against Sandgren
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It didn’t matter too much as the two time US Open champ upped his game in the fourth to set up a Saturday meeting with Frenchman Richard Gasquet thanks to a 6-1 6-3 6-7 6-2 win.

Djokovic, 31, is eyeing up a 14th slam title and arrived in New York as Wimbledon champ following a run at SW19 which saw Sandgren thrashed out of sight on the way.

But after almost falling foul of the steamy conditions in his opener before being forced to spend extra time on court by the American world No61, the super Serb hasn’t had it all his own way.

He moaned: “I just lost it mentally, I got p****ed off at something, myself , my game. I am not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure.”


Tennessee ace and appropriately named Tennys Sandgren won just the single set against Novak Djokovic in front of an American crowd
Tennessee ace and appropriately named Tennys Sandgren won just the single set against Novak Djokovic in front of an American crowd
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Djokovic makes a backhand return against Sandgren in the second round on Arthur Ashe
Djokovic makes a backhand return against Sandgren in the second round on Arthur Ashe
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Arthur Ashe Stadium was packed to watch the Serbian superstar in action as he goes for his 14th Grand Slam title
Arthur Ashe Stadium was packed to watch the Serbian superstar in action as he goes for his 14th Grand Slam title
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He took just 32 minutes to win the first set and didn’t take long to secure the second either.

The game was almost up only for Sandgren, who was praised by Djokovic afterwards for his fighting spirit, to save a match point and then bag the tie-break , much to the delight of the home fans.

An angry Djokovic, however, is a dangerous beast and just 33 minutes later, the 13 time slam winner was through.

He added: “I’m not happy with the way I lost my composure in the third set. I was getting stressed out. Credit to him but it’s not the first time I have done it.

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There was disappointment for Caroline Wozniacki as she lost to Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 6-2
There was disappointment for Caroline Wozniacki as she lost to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 6-2
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Lesia Tsurenko knocked out the Danish No2 seed in straight sets
Lesia Tsurenko knocked out the Danish No2 seed in straight sets
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The 22 seed Maria Sharapova beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania
The 22 seed Maria Sharapova beat Sorana Cirstea of Romania
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“That how you learn and even with all my experience, I still make mistakes.”

Meanwhile, it was a nightmare in New York for Aussie Open champ and No2 seed Caroline Wozniacki who was dumped out in straight sets in the second round by world No36 Lesia Tsurenko.

It was the Ukranian’s first ever win against a top five player — and a huge disappointment for the Danish star.

Maria Sharapova had a better day at the office though as the Russian, 31, beat Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 7-5 despite 10 double faults.