On Sunday, Novak Djokovic defeated Croatia’s Borna Gojo in straight sets to go to the US Open quarterfinals.
On the Arthur Ashe Stadium court, the 23-time Grand Slam singles champion defeated world No.105 Gojo 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in 2hr 26min.
Djokovic will now meet American ninth seed Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals on Tuesday as he seeks a record-extending 24th Grand Slam championship.
The 36-year-old Serbian great had a fright in the third round on Friday, having to come back from a two-set deficit to defeat compatriot Laslo Djere in five sets.
However, there appeared to be no prospect of Gojo causing Djokovic similar problems on Sunday, with the Croatian garnering just one break point during the match.
Djokovic produced only 12 unforced errors in the match, compared to Gojo’s 40, and broke his opponent five times on his way to a straightforward victory.
“I knew Borna had a big game…”He’s a big shot player with a big serve and forehand, big weapons, and moves pretty well for a big guy,” Djokovic said after reaching his 13th US Open quarter-final.
“The key to the game was to try to neutralise his serve.” “I was just relieved to get through in straight sets.”
Meanwhile, Djokovic is looking forward to facing Fritz in the final eight on Tuesday.
Fritz is one of three American men in the quarterfinals, joining Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton, marking the first time three Americans have reached the last eight at the US Open since 2005.
“That’s amazing for the USTA and the US Open,” remarked Djokovic. “All of the guys — Fritz, Shelton, and Tiafoe — they all have big serves.”
“(Fritz) has been playing some terrific tennis, particularly on home soil here in the States,” Djokovic noted, having won all seven of his prior meetings with Fritz.
“Obviously, the matches are going to get tougher from here on out,” he added. “It’s going to be great.”