05
Sep
11

Djokovic wins his 63rd match after he figured out the unusual game of Dolgopolov.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic recovered from 4-0 down in the opening tie-break Novak Djokovic came through a stunning first set tie-break to beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov and secure a place in the US Open quarter-finals. Djokovic saved four set points in the tie-break and needed six of his own on his way to a 7-6 (16-14) 6-4 6-2 win. The Serbian world number one will next face comaptriot Janko Tipsarevic, who beat Spain’s Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5 6-7 (3-7) 6-5 6-2.

Djokovic racked up his 61st win in 63 matches this year but it was not without alarms for the top seed, as Dolgopolov’s unorthodox game caused him problems. On a windy afternoon on Louis Armstrong Stadium, the 22nd seed kept Djokovic pinned back with his sliced backhand and, after the pair swapped breaks of serve, the first set went to a tie-break. Dolgopolov was in total control at 4-0 up but then got unlucky with a net cord, and Djokovic came racing back. Each man would have their opportunities as the crowd reached fever pitch, with Dolgopolov playing one incredible point to see off a set point by picking up a drop shot that seemed impossible, but in the end Djokovic converted his sixth break point and never looked back. He broke at the start of the second and third sets to see out a straight-sets win that had been anything but straightforward for the first 75 minutes.

 

 

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