World No. 1 Novak Djokovic played his second round match on Day 3 of the US Open in New York, defeating Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer in straight sets.
The top-seeded Serb demolished Haider-Maurer, finishing 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. At his opening-round match against Brazilian Joao Souza, Djokovic lost only 3 games in the entire match, winning it 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.
He has won the U.S. Open title once before in 2011 and has been runner-up 4 times. Most recently in 2013, he would eventually lose the title to Rafael Nadal. He also reached the finals in 2012, losing to third seed Andy Murray, 2010 (again, losing to Nadal) and 2007, where he lost to arch-rival Roger Federer.
Djokovic did not face a single break point. Leading the first set 5-4, Djokovic took the next game after regaining his focus, losing only 3 more games in the remainder of the match as he registered a staggering 27 winners.
28-year-old Haider-Maurer is the winner of 7 Challenger events and has reached a career-high ranking of 47 in April of this year. He is currently ranked 52, and has not progressed beyond the 2nd round of any Grand Slam event in his career so far.
The Serbian will now face Italian Andreas Seppi in his third round match at the Open. 25th ranked Seppi is fresh off a victory against Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili, winning their match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1. Seppi previously beat American Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-0, 7-5 in his first round match at the Open.
Following his routing victory over Haider-Maurer, Djokovic got involved in an enthusiastic celebration with a spectator who waved his towel in the air, dancing with this year’s Wimbledon champ.
It seems that Djokovic is a fan of dancing celebrations. At the Wimbledon Champions’ Dinner earlier this year, Djokovic danced with women’s champion and World No. 1 Serena Williams to the Bee Gees hit Saturday Night Fever.