On a brutally hot day, No. 3 Novak Djokovic defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3 3-6 2-6 7-5 6-3 in the first round.

The match finished in just under four hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The match took place during the mid-afternoon hours when the heat was at its peak. Djokovic looked sluggish at times, but had enough in the tank to pull out the win.

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Djokovic was in good spirits after the match as he was asked how it felt to experience the early-evening shadows on the court.

"It was like a sleeping-with-my-girlfriend kind of feeling," said Djokovic.