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Top seed Djokovic sails into quarterfinals of US Open

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-07 15:40
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Jenson Brooksby of the United States during his men's singles round of 16 match on Day Eight of the 2021 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City on Sept 6, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW YORK - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic defeated world No 99 Jenson Brooksby of the United States 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth round of the US Open men's singles on Monday.

In face of the 20-time major singles champion Djokovic, the young American challenger showed his confidence and won the first set by an obvious advantage.

"Jenson was pumped, he had a clear game plan, he was executing all the shots very efficiently, and I was really on my back foot," Djokovic said of his slow start. "I didn't have the rhythm, made a lot of unforced errors and he was reading the play very well for about a set and a half."

Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Jenson Brooksby of the United States at center court after Djokovic won. [Photo/Agencies]

However, the world No 1 quickly recovered and won the following three straight sets.

"He is a very young, very talented player, I told him at the net that a very bright future is ahead of him. Definitely, he's a great player," Djokovic added after the victory. 

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