By Chris Oddo | Thursday, August 28, 2014
Novak Djokovic was ruthless in dispatching Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets on Day 4.
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Novak Djokovic took another step towards his fifth consecutive US Open final on Day 4 of the US Open with a stingy straight-sets beatdown of Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu.
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Djokovic’s 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 razing sets up a third-round encounter with Sam Querrey.
“I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible,” Djokovic told reporters. “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. Second match even better than the first one."
Djokovic cracked 13 aces and hammered 33 winners against only 16 unforced errors to claim his sixth victory in seven career meetings against Mathieu.
Despite windy conditions, Djokovic was able to put together his cleanest, most comprehensive performance of the summer, something that will undoubtedly help his confidence as he moves into the later stages of his bid for a second US Open title.
“Under the circumstances I think I came up with a very good performance,” he said. “Stayed mentally tough and not allowed myself to get frustrated because of the wind and conditions that were obviously very tough for both of us.”
After the match Djokovic had some fun dancing to a song by pop artist Iggy Azalea during his post-match interview with Brad Gilbert.
Mathieu has now dropped his last 20 against the top ten.
Djokovic improved his record to 47-8 at the US Open.
The Serb is currently in his 109th week at No. 1, which ties him with Bjorn Borg for 7th most all-time.