Novak Djokovic moved through to the fourth round of the US Open with a straight forward win over France’s Julien Benneteau. Djokovic hit 41 winners and just 12 unforced errors in a dominant 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.
While the score wasn’t quite as one sided as Djokovic’s first two rounds against Paolo Lorenzi and Rogerio Dutra Silva, he was still never troubled and finally took charge in the sixth game of the set when Benneteau hit a forehand into the net on his second break point down. That would be enough for the first set which the Serb finally took with an ace down the middle.
Benneteau needed to get off to a good start in the second set but unfortunately for the Frenchman, the exact opposite happened. Down two break points after a deep Djokovic return was too good, Benneteau’s forehand broke down as he eventually sent a shot out to hand over the break. An insurance break in game seven all but guaranteed the set and much like the first, Djokovic closed out the second with back-to-back aces.
Benneteau held off the charge for a little longer in set three but it was all over when he was broken twice in succession midway through the set. Djokovic served a thirteenth ace to bring up match point, converting with a backhand down the line that Benneteau could not reach. Djokovic will take on the winner of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Stanislas Wawrinka for a spot in the quarter finals.