NEW YORK (AP) — Leave it to Novak Djokovic to engage in some sort of good-natured post-match goofiness on court at the U.S. Open.
Djokovic has entertained spectators in the past with his impersonations of fellow players.
This time, after a second-round victory that ended shortly before midnight under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium, he danced a towel-waving jig with a man brought out of the stands as music blared on the arena’s speakers.
Novak Djokovic simply does not lose second-round Grand Slam matches.
The No. 1-seeded Serb took a bit of time to get going Wednesday night at the U.S. Open, splitting the opening eight games, before reeling off 14 of the remaining 17 in a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over 52nd-ranked Andreas Haider-Maurer of Austria.
"From the 4-all moment," Djokovic said, "I played really well."
Now there’s an understatement.
It was Djokovic’s 29th consecutive victory in the second round at a major, a streak that dates to 2008. He owns nine Grand Slam titles, including at the 2011 U.S. Open.
Next for Djokovic is a match against Andreas Seppi of Italy.
have won five titles at Flushing Meadows and 16 Grand Slam championships overall.
Second-seeded Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo also lost in the first round Wednesday.
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