Novak Djokovic took a set to get unwound before unleashing on Kyle Edmund for a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win into the third round of the US Open on Wednesday.
The world No. 1 Serb ran his record over the Brit to 6-1 as he bids for the title at a locked-down tournament venue in New York with no fans present.
The top seed polished his 2020 record to 25-0 after titles at the Australian Open and Dubai before the virus shutdown of tennis which lasted for five months.
Edmund, watched by Andy Murray, stole the 71-minute opening set with an ace, but was unable to continue the momentum as Djokovic eased into his deadly rhythm.
Djokovic will play in the third round for a second week in a row against German Jan-Lennard Struff.
“It was very humid on court for us, but that’s Grand Slam best of five sets,” Djokovic said. It’s a grind but I’m happy with the win.
“We do miss the fans, we miss their energy and noise. That’s how I like to play
“I had a good match with Struff last week but conditions are different with the roof closed, there is no breeze to bother the server.
“I like my chances over five sets.”
Fifth seed Alexander Zverev was untroubled by American Brandon Nakashima 7-5, 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-1 while Belgian David Goffin beat South African Lloyd Harris 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.