Novak Djokovic vs. Joao Sousa: Score and Recap from 2013 US Open

Ethan GrantAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2013

Sep 1, 2013; New York, NY, USA;  Novak Djokovic (SRB) returns a shot against Joao Sousa (POR) on day seven of the 2013 US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Novak Djokovic made short work of third-round opponent Joao Sousa at the 2013 U.S. Open on Sunday night, cruising to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 victory in a match that lasted just under an hour and 45 minutes.

Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline Twitter account had a post as the outcome became final:

The No. 1 seed in the tournament will now face the winner of Tim Smyczek and Marcel Granollers in the fourth round. 

From start to finish, Djokovic pummeled his opponent into submission. 

Winning 79 percent (30-of-38) of his first-serve points and recording 34 winners, Djokovic was on point in all facets of the match. Additionally, the Djoker won 73 percent (22-of-30) of his chances at the net, rounding out what was a dominating performance. 

Early in the match, it looked as if a triple bagel might be in order. 

As noted by TennisNow's Twitter account, the final shot of the first set was an exclamation point on a 6-0 frame:

Live Tennis on Twitter was quick to alert tennis fans everywhere that a rare finish might be in order:

In case you need to be reminded of Djoker's greatness or missed the first set entirely, U.S. Open's Twitter account posted these highlights for viewing pleasure:

Unfortunately for proponents of three 6-0 sets, Djokovic was unable to keep Sousa's scorecard empty. The Portuguese player was making his first appearance past the second round in a major championship on Sunday, but he managed to win four games over the final two sets to avoid complete humiliation. 

At the end of the day, Djokovic was just too much for Sousa to handle. 

The quick outcome allows the No. 1 player on the ATP Tour to maintain some of his stamina heading into the fourth round and beyond, a crucial component with defending champion Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych looming as potential opponents in the semifinal. 

Djokovic has now won all three of his matches at the final Grand Slam of the year in straight-set fashion. Aside from the first set against Benjamin Becker, he has also limited opponents to winning two games or less in every set. 

A lot can happen between now and the men's final on Sept. 9, but Djokovic is in rare form. Regardless of opponent, he won't go quietly in the night in pursuit of his seventh Grand Slam title. 


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