Novak Djokovic expressed his multiple talents for the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd at the US Open on Thursday.
After the Serbian completed a simple 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 second round victory over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, the spectators would have been baying for more entertainment, which on court interviewer Brad Gilbert tried his best to provide.
Gilbert reminded the world number one of his Ice Bucket Challenge video in aid of the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclyerosis) Association, which raises awareness about the motor neurone disease, that was uploaded to the internet earlier in August.
The video in question saw the seven-time Grand Slam winner not only have a bucket of freezing cold water poured onto his head, but he also warmed up for it by dancing to rapper Vanilla Ice’s 1990 hit “Ice Ice Baby”, and he was asked to repeat the dance for the New York fans.
The 27-year-old still had some energy after winning his match in just one hour and 28 minutes, as he brought out some of his best moves as Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” was played into the stadium.
Click here to view Djokovic’s fancy dance moves.
It is not the first time he has treated the US Open crowd to his dancing talents, as he previously had a dancing competition with a fan at the same stadium in 2011.
There was a jovial vibe to the post-match interview, as the former champion at Flushing Meadows also had time to make a joke about his German coach Boris Becker.
After being informed that he had hit a total of 13 aces, Djokovic complemented his coach, saying that Becker would expect better.
He joked: "Thirteen aces he used to make in one set.
"It's not a big number for him, but big for me. Glad it was working."
On the match itself, Djokovic was happy to have a short workout on court, and he felt he improved on another convincing first round win over Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.
“I wanted to get my job done as quick as possible," said Djokovic.
"I don't feel like I need to play long matches to get into the groove. I feel that I'm hitting the ball very well. (The) second match (was) even better than the first one. Under the circumstances, I think I came up with a very good performance."
Standing between Djokovic and a place in the second week of the tournament will be American Sam Querrey, who defeated 28th seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in his second round match, and Djokovic has lost just one of their eight previous meetings, with their last being a two-set win for Djokovic in Beijing in 2013.
History of success
Djokovic is aiming to reach his fifth consecutive final at the hard court Grand Slam, and his sixth overall.
He won his only title in 2011, beating Spaniard Rafael Nadal in a four set final, though he was not able to beat the same opponent in the final last year, which was decided in the same number of sets.
While he has gone into the last Grand Slam of 2014 as Wimbledon champion, after beating Roger Federer in a five set final in July, he has been given a difficult draw, as he could face either 2012 champion Andy Murray or the talented Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in the quarter-finals.
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