Novak Djokovic survived moments in loss of concentration to beat American Tennys Sandgren 6-1 6-3 6-7 6-2 at the ongoing US Open Thursday night and set up a Third Round clash with 26th seed Richard Gasquet of France.
According to Sky Sports, Djokovic, who was also pushed to four sets in punishing daytime temperatures above 90 Fahrenheit (32C) in the first round, was far more comfortable in the evening at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, breaking early and running away with the opening set in 31 minutes.
“I thought I played really well in the first two sets and then I lost it mentally,” The Current Wimbledon champion said courtside.
“I lost my composure and concentration but I got it back in the fourth.”
Djokovic also spoke about the noise from the crowd both between and during points but said it had not been a factor in him losing concentration.
“I was just referring to the atmosphere that the night session at the US Open has,” the sixth seed told reporters.
“I’ve played many times here. It has no connection to my loss of concentration. It was just me, being me sometimes, the other me that my first me doesn’t like.
“You just have to accept it. You can’t expect that 23,000 people are quiet. Wimbledon is all white, it’s tradition. You can’t hear a sound when you play a point. Here it’s different. That’s why these majors are unique in their own way.