Novak Djokovic overcame Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-0 in the You.S. Open first game on Tuesday in punishing heat that prompted officials to see or watch a heat rule regarding men’s singles matches the very first time.
The players took a 10-minute separate between the third and fourth sets to assist them cope with temperatures climbing preceding 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 levels Celsius).
The pair, who were not allowed to speak with their coaches during the crack, spent the downtime side-by-side, “undressed in the ice baths,” Djokovic said in a post-match broadcast interview.
“It was actually quite a magnificent feeling, I have to admit,” he added.
After claiming the main set, a visibly drained Djokovic smashed his racket as Fucsovics led 3-2 in the second. Among the action, both players covered themselves in ice shower towels and at one point Djokovic sat shirtless in his seat.
“I was obviously wanting and praying that I’ll get to feel better as the suit progresses,” Djokovic told reporters once the match.
“Obviously I noticed better, especially after that 10-minute separate. For the first three establishes, it was a survival mode for both of us.”
The Serb came roaring back in the third set, clawing his strategy from 3-1 down before capturing Fucsovics in the fourth.
“I had to be capable of dig myself out of the hassle,” Djokovic said.
“I think that was the turning point. 4-3 in the third when he was serving, I been able to play a good game.”
Djokovic appeared to be back at the U.S. Open for the first time since 2016 soon after claiming his fourth Wimbledon identify this year and completing some sort of sweep of Masters collection events.