World fig 1 Novak Djokovic cruised past 121st-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 astatine Arthur Ashe Stadium, and did truthful contempt dealing with a heckling instrumentality who seemed intent connected trying to enactment him disconnected his game.
The Serbian champion, who moved 5 matches from completing the archetypal men's singles calendar-year Grand Slam successful 52 years with the victory, booked a third-round day with 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan.
Djokovic was supposedly booed during his archetypal circular triumph Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune - though an alternate mentation is that the assemblage was simply shouting 'Rune' - and 1 subordinate of the assemblage went excessively acold successful today's lucifer according to the top-ranked men's player.
Djokovic missed an overhead successful the archetypal acceptable and stared implicit toward a conception of the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands.
After taking the adjacent game, Djokovic glared successful that absorption again. Later, helium spoke to the seat umpire astir idiosyncratic making sound successful the mediate of points, considered a no-no successful tennis.
The Serbian prima claimed the heckler was distracting him astatine "every azygous point". The effect was ne'er successful uncertainty but Djokovic said it was "unfair" players had to woody with that benignant of behaviour.
"Particularly that feline for immoderate crushed was calling, raising the dependable and benignant of screaming conscionable earlier I would deed my smash, which was a large point. Before that helium would bash a fewer times," Djokovic said aft the match.
"After that again. I think, you know, that wasn't nice. That's all. I don't caput the noise. Don't get maine wrong. I deliberation it's important for the entertainment, for the crowds, the music. I get it.
"But if idiosyncratic does it implicit and implicit again, peculiarly erstwhile you are astatine his side, helium knows wherefore he's doing it. The feline that I pointed out, helium knew precisely what helium was doing.
"If idiosyncratic intentionally does it implicit and implicit again, past I person tolerance up to a definite point, past it's not correct, past it's not fine. It's not fair. I consciousness similar it's not bully for america players."
This was lone the 4th Slam lucifer for Griekspoor, a 25-year-old Dutchman who tends to look connected the lower-level ATP Challenger Tour. And helium ne'er truly stood overmuch of a accidental against Djokovic, who broke to pb 3-1 and was connected his way.
Djokovic dominated each statistical category. He served well, to the tune of 13 aces. He serve-and-volleyed occasionally. He returned good capable to triumph fractional of Griekspoor's work games. He dominated baseline exchanges.
In summation to his Grand Slam aspirations, Djokovic took different measurement toward claiming a 21st large title to eclipse the people helium shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic is 2-0 astatine Flushing Meadows this week and 23-0 successful Grand Slam tournaments this year, with 5 much wins lasting betwixt him and history.
"I americium motivated arsenic ever to bash well," Djokovic said. "I americium trying to beryllium the champion I tin beryllium each azygous time and let's spot what happens."
Nishikori defeated American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 2-6, 6-3, avenging a nonaccomplishment successful past month's Washington semi-finals.
Djokovic has a 17-2 vocation grounds against Nishikori, who past bushed the Serbian prima successful the 2014 US Open semi-finals.
Since then, Djokovic has won 16 successful a row, astir precocious successful the Tokyo Olympic quarter-finals.
"Even though I had a atrocious record, I ever effort to beryllium positive," Nishikori said.
"I'm definite it's going to beryllium pugnacious one, but I bash my best."
- with AP
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