Djokovic at US Open in quarterfinals

Top favorite Novak Djokovic has reached the quarterfinals for the 13th time at the US Open and now faces his toughest task to date against American local hero Taylor Fritz. The 36-year-old Grand Slam record winner from Serbia defeated the Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo in the round of 16 late Sunday evening (local time) 6: 2, 7: 5, 6: 4. Djokovic had significantly less trouble in 2:26 hours than in the previous five-set win over his compatriot Laslo Djere.

Before Fritz, the US pros Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton also made it into the top eight. “Three Americans in the quarterfinals, that’s great for American tennis. Everyone has a strong serve, they’re aggressive,” said Djokovic, praising his next opponent Fritz. “He plays great tennis, especially at home. Obviously the matches are getting harder and harder. I’m ready.”

Djokovic has never lost in seven duels with Fritz. At the Grand Slam tournament in New York, however, the 25-year-old is currently playing well and is the only quarter-finalist who has not yet dropped a set. Fritz also remained flawless against the qualifier Dominic Stricker from Switzerland with 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4, 6: 4.

For the first time since 2005, the USA have three quarterfinalists

“Novak is Novak. It’s difficult,” said the ninth in the world rankings. “There’s nobody who has a record like that against me, so I hope to beat him one day. The US Open quarterfinals would be a pretty good time.”

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Should Djokovic progress on the way to the 24th Grand Slam title he is aiming for, an American would also be waiting in the semifinals. In the US duel, Tiafoe and Shelton face each other. For the first time since 2005, the host of the US Open has three quarter-finalists. The American men have been waiting for a home triumph since Andy Roddick 20 years ago.


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