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Djokovic Storms Into US Open Third Round

New York, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic lost 11 of his service points against Paul-Henri Mathieu on Thursday.

Top seed Novak Djokovic recorded a devastating performance of power tennis to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday for a spot in the US Open third round. 

The 2011 champion lost just five of his first service points, hit 13 aces and converted seven of his 12 break points for victory in 87 minutes on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Mathieu hit nine double faults in the windy conditions and failed to break a 20-match losing streak against Top 10 opponents. 

"I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible," said Djokovic. "I don't feel like I need to play long matches to get into the groove. I feel that I'm hitting the ball very well. [The] second match [was] even better than the first one. Under the circumstances, I think I came up with a very good performance. [I] stayed mentally tough and [I did] not allow myself to get frustrated because of the wind and conditions that were obviously very tough for both of us."

The 27-year-old Djokovic is attempting to reach his sixth US Open final – and fifth straight title match at Flushing Meadows. He leads his next opponent, Sam Querrey, 7-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.

Looking ahead to the clash, World No. 1 Djokovic said, "Sam is playing in front of his crowd. I'm sure that he's going to have some good support. But on the other hand, if we get to play on center court maybe [in a] night session, that's where my experience kicks in. If he serves well he's very dangerous. I saw a little bit of his match today and he played great. He's in good form, good shape, and has nothing to lose. It's going to be a tough one."

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