Favorite Novak Djokovic has reached his 13th quarter-final at the US Open and now faces his toughest task yet against American domestic champion Taylor Fritz. The Serb, the 36-year-old Grand Slam record holder, defeated Croatian qualifier Borna Jogo in the round of 16 on Sunday 6:2, 7:5, 6:4. Djokovic had far fewer problems in two hours and 26 hours than his previous five-set victory. On fellow countryman Laslo Geyer.
Before Fritz, American pros Frances Tiafoe and Ben Chilton also made it into the top eight. “Three Americans in the quarter-finals, that’s great for American tennis. Everyone has a strong serve, they are aggressive,” Djokovic said, praising his next opponent, Fritz. “He’s playing great tennis, especially on home soil. Obviously the matches are getting tougher. I’m ready”.
Djokovic never lost to Fritz
Djokovic has never lost in seven meetings with Fritz. But at the Grand Slam tournament in New York, the 25-year-old is currently performing well and is the only quarter-finalist who hasn’t dropped a set yet. Fritz also kept his composure against qualifier Dominique Stricker from Switzerland, with a score of 7: 6 (7: 2), 6: 4, 6: 4.
“Novak is Novak. It’s difficult,” said the ninth in the world rankings. “Nobody has that record against me, so hopefully one day I can beat it. The US Open quarter-finals will be a great time.”
Defending champion Swiatek was surprisingly eliminated
Defending champion Iga Swatik surprisingly failed at the US Open in the round of 16 because of her intimidating opponent. The 22-year-old Polish woman lost to Jelena Ostapenko 6:3, 3:6, 1:6 late Sunday evening (local time) and also lost the fourth duel in her career with the Latvian. With Swiatek’s exit, Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka will replace the four-time Grand Slam winner as world leader after the US Open.
“I knew I had to be aggressive, because she didn’t like it,” said Ostapenko, 26. “I’m really happy.” The former French Open winner reached the top eight at a Grand Slam tournament in New York for the first time and is now challenging US crowd favorite Coco Gauff (19). The American star ended the comeback of Danish Caroline Wozniacki (33) in the four Grand Slam tournaments, with a score of 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 1.
After winning the first set, top seed Swiatek found it increasingly difficult to deal with Ostapenko’s aggressive style. Ranking-21. She dominated the match with her powerful groundstrokes and, after leading 3:4 in the second set, won seven straight matches. Swiatek looked stumped and had to concede defeat after 1:48 hours.
Muchova: “I’m glad it’s over”
French Open finalists Karolina Muchova and Sorana Cristea reached the quarter-finals. The 27-year-old Czech defeated China’s Wang Xinyu in the round of 16 on Sunday in 2:34 hours with a time of 6:3.5:7.6:1 and now meets Cirstea. The 33-year-old Romanian defeated Swiss Olympic champion Belinda Bencic 6:3,6:3 and reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the second time since the 2009 French Open.
Muchova gave up a set for the first time in the tournament. “I’m glad it’s over. It’s very warm today,” the world number ten said at a temperature of more than 30 degrees.
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