It was once again all too easy for world number one Novak Djokovic on day three of the US Open as the Serbian overcame a slow start to oust Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer out of the competition and book his spot in the third round.
The first set went with serve to 5-4 before Djokovic got his first break point of the match to take the set. There was no way back for Haider-Maurer from there was Djokovic upped his game and ran out a comfortable winner with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.
It was also an easy day for defending champion Marin Cilic – who returned to the Arthur Ashe stadium for the first time since winning the title last year – as the Croatian saw off Russian Evgeny Donskoy in a comfortable with a 6-2 6-3 7-5 straight sets win.
Eight seed Rafael Nadal was made to work for his place in the next round after Diego Sebastian Schwartzman gave the Spaniard a tough match but the experience of Nadal was enough to see him through with a 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 7-5 victory over the Argentine.
Tenth seed Milos Raonic overcame a back problem to beat Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/1), while Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga encountered no problems in his 6-3 6-4 6-3 straight sets victory over Marcel Granollers of Spain.
Seventh seed David Ferrer survived against Serbian Filip Krajinovic in a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 7-6 (7/4) win, while compatriot Feliciano Lopez overcame American Mardy Fish 2-6 6-3 1-6 7-5 6-3 in a five-set thriller to book his spot in the next round.
17th seed Grigor Dimitrov was the biggest casualty of the day in the men’s action, as the Bulgarian made another early grand slam exit after he was beaten 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 2-6 4-6 6-4 by Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.
In women’s action, Serena Williams survived an early scare as the American kept up hopes of a calendar grand slam alive with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory over Kiki Bertens of The Netherlands.
The reigning US Open Champion will now face fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round on Friday, after the 30-year-old saw off Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets 6-2 6-1.
Serena will be joined in the third round by sister Venus, who needed three sets to see of the challenge of compatriot Irina Falconi 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-2, while another American Madison Keys is through after a comfortable 6-1 6-2 win over Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic.
However, there was no be no success for Lauren Davis as Russian Ekaterina Makarova denied the American a place in the next round after an easy 6-1 6-2 win for the 13th seed.
25th seed Eugenie Bouchard also had to dig deep to beat Polona Hercog of Slovenia as the Canadian emerged victorious 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-3, while Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska saw off compatriot Magda Linette in a 6-3 6-2 win to ease into the third round.