Sat. Sep 30th, 2023

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic recovered from two units all the way down to defeat fellow Serb Laslo Djere and attain the fourth spherical of the US Open in a late-night thriller on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djere, the world No 38, took benefit of a gradual begin from Djokovic to win the primary two units earlier than Djokovic mounted a trademark comeback to win 4-6 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-3 in a match that completed at 1.30am native time.

Djokovic moved to 38-11 in five-set matches because the 36-year-old discovered a strategy to battle again from a two-set deficit for the eighth time in his profession and solely the second time on the US Open when he famously fought again to defeat Roger Federer 12 years in the past.

The 36-year-old Djokovic, who’s searching for a twenty fourth Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court docket’s report, will subsequent tackle Croatian Borna Gojo.

“It was one of many hardest matches that I’ve performed right here in a few years and large, big credit score to Laslo for enjoying a few of the greatest tennis that I’ve ever seen him play,” stated Djokovic, who superior by way of to the fourth spherical in New York for the fifteenth time in his profession.

“I did just a little pep speak within the mirror. I form of laughed at myself as a result of I used to be so agitated and aggravated with the sport however I needed to drive myself to carry my spirits. I’ve achieved it a number of occasions in my profession earlier than and it labored, a number of occasions it did not, however tonight it did and I am grateful.”

Dealing with one of many biggest gamers of all-time beneath the intense lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, a fearless Djere made a surprising begin to transfer right into a two-set lead that left the group in a state of shock.

Djokovic was not with out his alternatives, however didn’t capitalise on his possibilities till backed right into a nook.

With the group nonetheless buzzing, Djokovic got here out for the third set with an urgency and vitality lacking within the opening two units to chop the deficit and with cracks in Djere’s sport beginning to seem, Djokovic continued to dial up the strain.

Shifting in for the kill Djokovic swept the subsequent six video games to take the fourth set and the decisive fifth that he would by no means give up.

“As soon as I bought the break within the third I assumed ‘OK, I’ve a shot, I’ve an opportunity,” stated Djokovic. “I’d as nicely go after it.

“I began to play a bit extra aggressive, began to learn his video games barely greater than I had within the first two units and it labored nicely.

“However belief me, it was nerve wracking all the way in which until the final shot,” he added.

Taylor Fritz spoiled Jakub Mensik’s 18th birthday celebrations with a crushing victory in entrance of his house trustworthy

Taylor Fritz performed the last word celebration pooper and gave Czech qualifier Jakub Mensik simply three video games in a 6-1 6-2 6-0 victory on his 18th birthday.

Extremely, Fritz has dropped simply 13 video games in his three matches in New York up to now. He’ll face 21-year-old Swiss sensation Dominic Stricker in spherical 4.

“I felt good. I form of had a transparent plan of what I wished to do, how I wished to play him,” stated Fritz, 25.

“I returned nicely. I used to be transferring rather well. Yep, I simply performed a strong match.”

Homecourt benefit

With Taylor Fritz now by way of, that is the primary time 4 Individuals have reached the final 16 of the lads’s singles on the US Open since 2011. With Michael Mmoh nonetheless to play, 5 or extra haven’t reached the final 16 since 1995 (8).

The USA are ready for a primary house males’s champion since Andy Roddick 20 years in the past and they’re going to positively have a minimum of one quarter-finalist as Tommy Paul triumphed in opposition to Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 6-1 6-0 3-6 6-3.

He’ll face 20-year-old Ben Shelton, who bought previous Aslan Karatsev of Russia 6-4 3-6 6-2 6-0.

Frances Tiafoe, the tenth seed, got here from a set all the way down to beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino to arrange a conflict with Rinky Hijikata of Australia.

The US Open on Sky Sports activities: How and the place to observe

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Watch the US Open reside and unique on Sky Sports activities up till September 10. All courts shall be obtainable to observe for the primary time

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Sky Sports activities’ new combined actuality studio options a number of customized constructed LED screens, built-in mild ‘sabres’, and an open cover roof, making the area alive with color and vitality to mirror the vibrancy of the final Grand Slam of the 12 months.

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Relive Andy Murray’s rollercoaster profession on the US Open, which noticed him declare his maiden main title in 2012

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From Novak Djokovic to Iga Swiatek- it’s time to meet the US Open champion contenders!

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