US Open

Djokovic unchained in US Open stroll

2015-09-03 07:14
Novak Djokovic (AFP)

New York - Novak Djokovic strolled into the US Open third round on Wednesday with a 90-minute demolition of Andreas Haider-Maurer that even had Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx on his feet.

The world number one and 2011 champion, who is bidding to reach the final for the sixth time, eased to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win over the 52nd-ranked Austrian.

It was the second match in succession that Djokovic had not faced a break point.

Serb top seed Djokovic, already with the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles under his belt this year, goes on to face Italian veteran Andreas Seppi for a place in the last-16.

Djokovic holds a 10-0 career lead over Seppi, the 25th seed.

His performance brought enthusiastic applause from Hollywood A-lister Foxx, the star of "Ray" and "Django Unchained," who was sitting just behind Djokovic's coach Boris Becker in the players box on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Such was the ease of his night's work that Djokovic marked his victory by dancing on court with a burly fan who presented the player with a matching 'I Love NY' T-shirt

"It took a while to get on court. It's not easy to start a match at 22:00," said Djokovic.

"I have never played Andreas on a hard court before so it took a while to get used to his positioning.

"He has a big serve and it was tough at the start to get into the rallies."

The humid conditions persuaded Djokovic to bring a box of sawdust onto court to dry his hands at changeovers.

"You need to be prepared," he said. "Also, luckily, I have enough shirts."

Haider-Maurer, meanwhile, walked away with almost $70 000 in prize money which will go a long way to footing the bill for his wedding, scheduled for September 12.

US Open results on Wednesday, the third day of the 2015 tournament at Flushing Meadows (x denotes seeded player):


2nd rd

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2

Andreas Seppi (ITA x25) bt Teimuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x23) bt Pablo Carreo-Busta (ESP) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4

David Goffin (BEL x14) bt Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 5-7, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Milos Raonic (CAN x10) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 6-2, 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/1)

Feliciano Lopez (ESP x18) bt Mardy Fish (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3

Fabio Fognini (ITA x32) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP x8) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 7-5

Benot Paire (FRA) bt Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Tommy Robredo (ESP x26) bt Samuel Groth (AUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x19) bt Marcel Granollers (ESP) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) bt Illya Marchenko (UKR) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 6-4

Marin Cilic (CRO x9) bt Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) 6-2, 6-3, 7-5

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x17) 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 2-6, 4-6, 6-4

Jeremy Chardy (FRA x27) bt Martin Klizan (SVK) 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (7/1)

David Ferrer (ESP x7) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 7-5, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4)


2nd rd

Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Kiki Bertens (NED) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) bt Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 6-2, 6-1

Madison Keys (USA x19) bt Tereza Smitkov (CZE) 6-1, 6-2

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x15) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-3, 6-2

Belinda Bencic (SUI x12) bt Misaki Doi (JPN) 5-7, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3

Venus Williams (USA x23) bt Irina Falconi (USA) 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-2

Anett Kontaveit (EST) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x31) 7-5, 6-4

Madison Brengle (USA) bt Anna Tatishvili (USA) 6-3, 6-2

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) bt Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-4, 6-4

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) bt Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 7-5, 6-1

Elina Svitolina (UKR x17) bt Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-3, 6-4

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x13) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 6-1, 6-2

Roberta Vinci (ITA) bt Denisa Allertov (CZE) 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Mariana Duque (COL) bt Ocane Dodin (FRA) 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

Eugnie Bouchard (CAN x25) bt Polona Hercog (SLO) 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 6-3

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) bt Jessica Pegula (USA) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

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