Djokovic clicks into gear, races to third round

Thu Sep 3, 2015 1:17am EDT
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic took a while to warm up against Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer but shifted into gear to close out the first set and then raced to a 6-4 6-1 6-2 win that closed Wednesday's play of the U.S. Open.

World number one Djokovic, who lost only three games in his opening-round victory, led 5-4 in an indifferent first set that went with serve before suddenly snapping into focus to break the Austrian to love.

Flicking winners off his forehand and burying backhands deep into corners, the Serb dropped only three more games as he sailed to victory and a place in the third round.

The reigning Australian and Wimbledon champion registered 27 winners and did not face a single break point in his demolition of 28-year-old Haider-Maurer, a winner of nine career Challenger titles but none on the ATP World Tour.

Djokovic gave Haider-Maurer credit for bringing a blistering first serve.

"I think he had an average serve of 130 miles per hour, so he came out firing from that shot in his game," said the top seed.

"All in all, it was good to not stay too long on the court and get the job done in three sets," added Djokovic, who had enough energy left to dance on court with an entertainer who amps up the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium during changeovers.

Djokovic is trying to claim his third grand slam singles title of the year and the 28-year-old Serb could not be blamed for thinking he is due for another U.S. title to add to his 2011 trophy.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after his second round win over Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 2, 2015.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif