Published: Thu, August 29, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

US Open 2019: Serena Williams survives scare against Caty McNally

US Open 2019: Serena Williams survives scare against Caty McNally

"I don't really talk about what I've been working on so much".

Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Carballes Baena that took 27 games to decide. "I always said her ball somehow lands in my strike zone".

The 22-year-old showed little sign of nerves in Monday's first round match, coming out swinging to win the opening set against the five-time champion before exiting 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.

Making a Grand Slam main draw debut against Roger Federer at a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium would have been overwhelming for many players but unheralded Indian Sumit Nagal handled the occasion like a seasoned veteran, earning a string of new admirers at the U.S. Open.

One of the best things that we like about sports is that it's unpredictable. I was just trying to let Serena come through a bit. Never easy to come out and play your best.

Rather than trying to mimic the powerful style of play that Williams used to revolutionise women's tennis and collect 23 Grand Slam titles, 17-year-old McNally instead prefers to model her game after Swiss great Federer.

"It's not the first time I'm facing this kind of adversity or challenge".

After losing the first set, Williams took a 5-2 lead in the second set before McNally staved off four set points to make it 5-3.

"Somehow I managed to find my way back", Djokovic said. "One point here or there, she could have won at least another game".

"I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit", Djokovic said.

Five-time US Open victor Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month's epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end.

Novak Djokovic says he will undergo treatment with medical experts in the hope of being fit in time for his US Open third-round match on Friday after problems with his shoulder against Juan Ignacio Londero.

Next up for Federer is No. 25 seed Lucas Pouille of France or Daniel Evans of Britain.

While many would not have expected such a sight, Nagal further shocked the crowd when he broke Federer for the second time and served out the set after being down 0-30.

He began serving well, if not his best, and dictated the play with his strong returns, killing points at will at the net. And second-seeded Ash Barty barely avoided getting pushed to a third set and got past Lauren Davis of the United States 6-2, 7-6 (2) to reach the third round.

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