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Djokovic battles into US Open quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic in action
Novak Djokovic in action

Novak Djokovic was again made to fight hard as he beat American wildcard Jenson Brooksby to reach the US Open quarter-finals and keep his calendar Grand Slam hopes alive on Monday.

The world number one overcame a poor first set to win a bruising encounter 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

He was pushed all the way by Brooksby, who was well-supported by the full crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. Djokovic will face Matteo Berrettini for a place in the semi-finals. Djokovic is three wins away from his 21st Grand Slam title, which would be a Men’s record. He found himself embroiled in a superb encounter with world number 99 Brooksby, with momentum switching back and forth across the two hours and 58 minutes.

The two players were involved in punishing rallies, with the crowd often out of their seats to applaud their court coverage and shots. Afterwards they shared a warm handshake at the net, with Djokovic offering some words of encouragement to the 20-year-old.

Djokovic finished the match with 41 unforced errors - something he knows he will need to cut out before facing Berrettini. (BBC)

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