US Open: Novak Djokovic Through To Quarterfinals


Novak Djokovic enjoyed a smooth passage into the US Open quarter-finals as he won in straight sets to end Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo’s surprise run. Second seed Djokovic continued his bid for a record-equaling 24th major title with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 win in New York.

“I did well in the important moments and I’m pleased to get through in three sets,” said three-time winner Djokovic. “I knew Borna has a big game and is a big-shot player. One of the keys to the match was to reduce his serve and stop the aces,” he added. “I tried to manage my energy and focus on accuracy with my serve. The matches are obviously going to get tougher but I’m ready.”

Djokovic reached a 57th major quarter-final, leaving him one adrift of Roger Federer’s record in the Open era; with a routine victory over 105th-ranked Gojo. The manner of the win was the polar opposite to the fightback from two sets down, which he had to perform against fellow Serb Laslo Djere in the previous round.

Djokovic did not concede a break point to US Open debutant Gojo in the opening set, but lost his serve for 2-0 in the second by planting a volley into the net. However, 25-year-old Gojo was unable to consolidate. The big-serving Croat hit five double faults as he handed over the game without making Djokovic apply any real pressure. The 36-year-old Serb will play ninth seed Taylor Fritz, who is one of three American men in the quarter-finals.




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