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Tennis-Holder Djokovic safely into U.S. Open second round

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Novak Djokovic began his U.S. Open title defense in style with a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in first-round action on Monday.

By Frank Pingue

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic began his U.S. Open title defense in style with a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena in first-round action on Monday.

The top-seeded Serbian, who has claimed four of the last five Grand Slam titles, took some time to settle in to his first career meeting with Carballes Baena but after a tight first set was off to the races.

Djokovic got an early break to go ahead 2-0 in the second set and never looked back as the three-times champion used a mix of deft volleys, solid movement and great instincts to secure the win.

Up next for Djokovic will be either American Sam Querrey or Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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