Novak completed his second straight match without facing a break point and defeated Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in 1 hour and 17 minutes to advance to the fourth round for the sixth straight year.
Novak said: “Obviously, the serve is something I’ve wanted to improve the last 15 months or so,”. “I wanted to get more free points on the first serve. Today, it was working very well.”
Djokovic finished with 13 aces with a top service speed of 128 mph. He said he’s not so used to early wake-up calls at the season’s last major, where he has made the final the last two years and is more used to playing in prime time. To make sure he wouldn’t be late for the third-round match, he shaved the night before and had a bit of stubble jutting from his chin by the early afternoon.
“I’m not always the morning person, to be honest,” Djokovic said. “You try to go to bed early and try to wake up early and get your body moving obviously. I wanted to start very sharp from the first point, and I’ve done that.”
Novak will face Stanislas Wawrinka on Tuesday.
Highlights from USOPEN.org here