Japan Open 2019: Novak Djokovic advances to second round with easy win; Japanese wild card Taro Daniel stuns Borna Coric

  • The top-ranked Serb, attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, beat Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-2

  • Japanese wild card Taro Daniel caused the biggest upset of the day by beating second-seeded Borna Coric 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5)

  • Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama, needed only 54 minutes to dismantle fourth-seeded Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2

Tokyo: Novak Djokovic made amends for his doubles exit at the Japan Open by progressing to the second round of the singles on Tuesday.

 Japan Open 2019: Novak Djokovic advances to second round with easy win; Japanese wild card Taro Daniel stuns Borna Coric

File image of Novak Djokovic. AP

The top-ranked Serb — attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time — beat Australian Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-2 and next faces local wild card entry Go Soeda.

Holding to love in four of his nine service games, Djokovic did not give any break-point opportunities to Popyrin in the match.

Djokovic, alongside Filip Krajinovic, had been knocked out of the doubles by the fourth-seeded Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares on Monday. That was Djokovic's first competitive match since retiring during his fourth-round clash with Stan Wawrinka at the US Open.

Japanese wild card Taro Daniel caused the biggest upset of the day by beating second-seeded Borna Coric 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) after a gruelling 2 hours, 39 minutes in 30-degree Celsius heat on the Colosseum show court.

Daniel is joined in the second round by compatriot Yasutaka Uchiyama, the qualifier needing only 54 minutes to dismantle fourth-seeded Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2. He next meets Radu Albot, who beat Krajinovic 6-3, 7-5.

Uchiyama's victory means four of the five Japanese main draw entries made it through to the second round.

Reilly Opelka won an all-American duel with seventh-seeded Taylor Fritz, 6-3, 6-4, to set up a second-round match against Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-0.

Updated Date: Oct 01, 2019 16:19:27 IST