US Open Day 3 Takeaways: Novak in straights, and a dose of Wozniacki magic

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Novak Djokovic still dominates

Novak Djokovic had a smooth sailin’ day at the US Open. He raced through his second-round match against No 76 ranked Bernabe Zapata Miralles, dropping only six games like they were hot potatoes. The Serbian maestro is on a mission to collect Grand Slam titles like they’re trading cards, eyeing that 24th title with a grin. In this latest episode of Djokovic’s tennis domination, he took down Zapata Miralles 6-4, 6-1, 6-1.

Initially, Djokovic had a little hiccup, saving two break points in his opening service game. Then, he smoothly dialed into the game and coasted from there. He was in control, and there was no holding him back. In the second set, he went turbo mode, winning five straight games, leaving Zapata Miralles wondering if he had wandered into a Djokovic training session.

Oh, and set three? It was basically déjà vu. Both players held serve initially, but then Djokovic hit the afterburners, claiming five unanswered. Zapata Miralles tried to fight, earning a few break points, but it didn’t matter. Djokovic was in the zone, and his tennis vortex was not escaping.

Djokovic moves forward with the swagger of a rockstar, set to face fellow Serbian Laslo Djere in the third round.

Laslo’s been making some waves! He took down American Brandon Nakashima  7-5, 6-4, 6-4 before defeating Hugo Gaston 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. That said, the US Open stage is  Novak’s playground, and he’s painting it with victory strokes. He’s like the Energizer Bunny in his quest for US Open glory. He keeps going until it’s Game set, Djokovic!