US Open: Novak Djokovic smashes his racket as he battles past Marton Fucsovics in gruelling New York heat

NOVAK DJOKOVIC made a winning return to the US Open after fighting through extreme heat, nausea and even a smashed racket.

The two-time champion missed last year's tournament with an elbow injury but beat Marton Ducsovics in straight sets on Arthur Ashe Stadium, with his anger getting the better of him at one stage.

 Novak Djokovic smashed his racket in frustration during his US Open win

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Novak Djokovic smashed his racket in frustration during his US Open win
 Novak Djokovic's racket took the brunt of his rage in searing New York heat

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Novak Djokovic's racket took the brunt of his rage in searing New York heat

Djokovic eventually won 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-0 in a match lasting three hours played in temperatures reaching 40 Celsius.

Despite his rage-induced outburst earlier in the day, the Serb was delighted to take a break towards the end of the match.

He said: “I want to thank the US Open for allowing us to have a ten-minute break at the third set.

"We both needed it but the rule is we can’t speak to our team members in the locker room.

 Novak Djokovic came through a tricky first-round match in New York

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Novak Djokovic came through a tricky first-round match in New York
 Novak Djokovic suffered with the heat in New York with temperatures touching 40 Celsius

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Novak Djokovic suffered with the heat in New York with temperatures touching 40 Celsius

“My physio was a couple of feet away and we were winking at each other and giving each other signs! It’s funny but Marton and I were in ice baths next to each other.

“It was a wonderful feeling to battle with a guy for two-and-a-half hours and the match isn’t over and you’re sitting naked.

“We obviously both struggled for two-and-a-half to three sets. Towards the end of the third we started playing better, at least from my side.

“A lot of players struggled and you have to deal with it. I’ll take the win and I want to thank everyone for their support and patience."

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 The Serb is looking for his third US Open title having last won in 2015

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The Serb is looking for his third US Open title having last won in 2015
 Novak Djokovic celebrates during his four-set win on Tuesday

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Novak Djokovic celebrates during his four-set win on Tuesday

Players scrambled for relief from the heat and some retired from their matches when they couldn't find any in red-hot New York.

The No6 seed Djokovic headed to a fourth set with Ducsovics after the players took a break following the third.

Djokovic, who lost the 2016 final to Stan Wawrinka, could face a quarter-final against No 2 seed Roger Federer.

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NOVAK DJOKOVIC made a winning return to the US Open after fighting through extreme heat, nausea and even a smashed racket.