New York, September 5
Top seed Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday with a 6-Three 6-Three 6-1 win to advance to the fourth spherical of the US Open.
Djokovic, a three-times champion at Flushing Meadows, was by no means actually pushed by the German, who has taken only one set off the Serb of their 5 profession conferences.
The solely drama got here early on when Struff had break level alternatives however couldn’t convert in opposition to Djokovic’s serve within the first recreation.
The gamers stayed on serve till Struff despatched a forehand huge on break level to present Djokovic a 5-Three lead. The Serb held to like the subsequent recreation after firing an unreturnable serve to take the primary set and coasted the remainder of the way in which.
“It was a very, very good performance from my side,” Djokovic mentioned after recording his 600th profession win on laborious courts.
“I managed to learn his serve properly. Made one crucial break within the first set, I confronted one or two break factors within the opening recreation.
“Obviously the trajectory of the match can go differently if you lose your serve against a big guy like Struff, who serves really well and has a very aggressive, powerful game from the back of the court,” mentioned the Serb, who’s on the lookout for an 18th Grand Slam title.
“But I moved well and after the first set, the second and third was a really great feeling on the court.” Djokovic and Marin Cilic, who gained the U.S. Open in 2014, are the one two males remaining within the draw who’ve gained a Grand Slam event.
Djokovic shall be a heavy favorite when he faces 20th seed Pablo Carreno Busta on Spain within the fourth spherical on Sunday. Reuters