Novak Djokovic was in perfect stride during his opening match at the US Open Monday. The best player in the world took out Joao Souza in straight sets winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 at Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center in New York.
The 27-year-old Brazilian earned the draw to face the number one player in the world that became their first meeting against one another. Though he faced no chance to defeating Djokovic, his efforts would be nonetheless shown on center stage. While the best player in the world is not seeking a calendar Grand Slam, he began his quest to capture his second title in New York since 2011. Since then he has come close on two occasions just losing out before taking an exit in the semifinals last year.
His victories at the Australian Open and Wimbledon have him with the best chance of gaining his third major of 2015. The 28 year old who looked to start a new winning streak since losing to Roger Federer in Cincinnati would have more than enough success in front of him to end the major with a new streak towards a second US Open title.
After getting into a 1-1 tie with Souza, Djokovic continued to rev up his game and blast away at his unranked opponent. The games began to fly by with the Serb taking each in stride. By the time five games were in the books, Djokovic found himself with a three game lead over the Brazilian. Souza showed some power on his serve but it was never enough to gain his early luck in the set.
Djokovic continued his path to victory in the first set taking another break from Souza to play for the opening set. With the Serb on service he wasted no time blasting the ball across court ending the set in 23 minutes with a love service.
Souza knew that more would need to be done in order to compete against Djokovic. He made a statement taking the first game of the second set but as soon as he got off the opening serve, Djokovic took off with the lead once more. The Serb opened the gap quickly leading 3-1 on the Brazilian with no intentions of giving it up. Three more victories for Djokovic helped him seal another set to his name sitting on another five game winning streak in the match.
He would make it six winning in the third set before Souza brought that to an end. After another tie after the second game, Djokovic was back at it taking each game in stride to the finish. Whether he found himself behind or ahead, the Serb always finished with the victory. The pattern had him leading 4-1 over Souza with two games from a match win. He snatched them up with a triple break and love service to end the 71-minute match.
In what turned out to be a quick victory, Djokovic gets two days to rest before he is back on court where he will face the winner between Vasek Pospisil and Andreas Haider-Maurer Wednesday.