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Second-seeded Novak Djokovic capped an almost perfect season last year by claiming the US Open title. He looked absolutely flawless in 2011 and records kept tumbling and we like others felt that the surging Serbian would continue in the same manner for the next two seasons at least. But, melodrama and sport are like two sides of a coin and obviously one of the most enticing aspects of tennis is – uncertainly related to it. Defending champion Djokovic will take on World No. 112 Rogerio Dutra Silva in his second-round encounter.
The Serbian could not defend his Wimbledon title and we could see that latent agony burning him from inside. As asserted by Djokovic during a press conference, he wants to move ahead and prove his critics wrong who have termed him as “One-Season Wonder,” by winning the US Open. Last season clearly belonged to this surging Serb, as Nole claimed 10 titles including three Grand Slams. Djokovic won the 2011 US Open after making an incredible comeback against Roger Federer in the semis. This season has been a mixed one for him. The Serb managed to defend his Rogers Cup title at Montreal but that win could be called as a half-victory – as it came in the absence of Federer, Nadal and Murray. We know Djokovic likes to play on hard-court and his swiftness on court further makes him a potent warrior on this surface. He will be looking forward to defend his title at Flushing Meadows. If the Serb manages to keep a check on recurring errors in long rallies against the top players then it would be very difficult for others to stop him.
Djokovic’s opponent Rogerio Dutra Silva managed to qualify for the US Open this year. The Brazilian has not played much on tour this season and has a poor 4-4 win-loss record. This will be a first meeting between these two and Djokovic is expected to cruise in this battle.
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