World no.1 and top seed Novak Djokovic needed just 71 minutes to routinely beat Joao Souza of Brazil 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in their first-round match at the US Open 2015 on Monday.
Djokovic won 92% of his first serve points and was 10/14 when approaching the net. The 28-year-old Serbian star broke twice in the first and third sets, and three times in the second, recording his 57th victory of the season. He did not face a single break point.
“With a dominant win like the one today, it adds to your confidence, your self-belief,” the 2011 champion said. “I lost three games in the entire match against a player I never faced before. It can always be tricky because you’re approaching the match without really knowing how he’s going to react. The experience of playing many times in Arthur Ashe Stadium helped me to step it up and execute my game plan and be aggressive. I think I did great from the first to last point. Everything worked well. I couldn’t ask for a better opening of this year’s US Open. Hopefully I can continue in that rhythm.”
Match statistics: aces (8-3), double faults (0-2), winners (24-10), unforced errors (7-27), total points won (77-32).
Novak will play against world no.52 Andreas Haider-Maurer (1-0 H2H) on Wednesday about 22:00 local time (Thursday, 04:00 CET). The Austrian beat no.42-ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil in five sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1).
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