Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB) def Roberto Carballes Baena -76- (ESP)
Match recap from Arthur Ashe Stadium narrator Andy Taylor...
Unfamiliar opponent. Novak delivered a measured first set against 26-year-old Roberto Carballes Baena on Monday, finally breaking the Quito champ on his 6th opportunity. The defending US Open champion allowed the Spaniard only a single game in the second, then secured yet another Round-1 US Open victory in just under 2-hours.
Since reaching his first Grand Slam Final at the 2007 US Open against Roger Federer, Novak has reached the Semifinals, Final or won the title in every Open since. Absent in 2017, he’s reached the Final in four consecutive appearances, earning his second US Open in 2015 and third last September. New York dominance.
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Round-1 Biography |  Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB)
Few have been more dominant on this court than the defending US Open Champion. In 2007, he reached his first Grand Slam Final right here in Arthur Ashe Stadium. 12-years-later, he has reached the US Open Final 8-times, capturing the title in 2011, 2015 and 2018. With his 5th Wimbledon victory last month, he is now a 16-time Major Champion, owns the Career Grand Slam, and is one of only 3 men who’s held all four Major titles at the same time. He also STANDS ALONE in the record books as the only player ever to win all 9 ATP Masters-1000 Tournaments – and the only player ever to capture 7 Australian Open titles. From Serbia, please welcome 3-time US Open Champion and the #1 Player in the World, Novak Djokovic.
▲ R1: def Roberto Carballes Baena -76- (ESP)
Round-1 Biography | Roberto Carballes Baena -76- (ESP)
Last year, he won his first Grand Slam main-draw Singles match right here at the US Open. He also captured his first ATP Tour-level Singles title last year – where as a qualifier ranked outside the top-100 – he won six consecutive matches in Quito – defeating World #21 Albert Ramos Vinolas in the Final. With the victory, he climbed to a career-high ranking of World #72 and became the youngest Spaniard to win a title since Rafael Nadal in 2011. In 2019, he’s earned 2 of his 7 career ATP Challenger Tour Singles titles, and reached Round-2 at Roland Garros for the first time. Making his Arthur Ashe Stadium debut – From Spain, please welcome Roberto Carballes Baena.
Head to Head
This was the first meeting between these two players.