Novak Djokovic easily advanced to the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Saturday, beating Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-3 and 6-3 in his first consecutive set win since the tournament began.
The Serb, the sixth seed, had needed four-set matches to dispatch his two previous rivals and had to fight particularly with Hungarian Marton Fucsovics on a stifling day earlier in the week.
However, the Wimbledon champions got off to a brilliant start under the spotlight at Arthur Ashe Stadium against the 26th seed and sealed a comfortable win in two hours and 11 minutes.
He won 75 percent of his first serve, fired 32 winning shots and saved each of the five break points he faced as Gasquet’s game collapsed under the weight of his 47 unforced errors.
His victory became the 13th time he has beaten Gasquet in 14 games. Djokovic has won the last 11 games they’ve played in.
“It was a fantastic game from start to finish,” said the Serbian, 13 Grand Slam champions, including two US Opens, in an interview on the track.
In the next round, he will face Portugal’s Joao Sousa, who has been in the qualifiers since the qualifiers.
“He’s a fighter,” said Djokovic. “He doesn’t give you the win, you have to earn it (…), I’m glad I didn’t spend so much time on the track tonight.