The best tennis players in the world will be at Lindner Family Tennis Center Aug. 10-18 for the 2019 Western & Southern Open
Adam Baum, [email protected]
MASON – The last time Cincinnati saw World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, the 32-year-old Serbian was lifting the Rookwood Cup this time last year, celebrating his first career title at the Western & Southern Open to become the first player to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 events, an accomplishment dubbed the “career Golden Masters.”
Tuesday evening, as the sun was making its slow decline in the western sky, Djokovic began his title defense on Center Court against 6-foot-6 American Sam Querrey with a 7-5, 6-1 win to secure the first spot in the third round.
“It wasn’t the fact that I’m the reigning champion, it wasn’t affecting so much neither positively or negatively, or didn’t feel any added pressure or anything like that. It was just excitement to be back on the court competing, as it has been a while since the Wimbledon finals,” said Djokovic.