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PIX: World No 1 Djokovic cruises into semis

August 27, 2020 09:27 IST
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Novak Djokovic

IMAGE: Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory against Jan Leonard Struff of Germany in the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, on Wednesday. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic cruised past Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach a record-equalling eighth Western & Southern Open semi-final in New York where he will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut.

 

World number one Djokovic took advantage of a series of errors by Struff to grab control of the match and closed out the 62-minute encounter with a love service break to extend his unbeaten run to 24 matches.

"It was great. I started a little bit tight in my opening couple of service games ... Ever since I made that break at the beginning of the first set, I never looked back," said Djokovic.

"I really played very aggressive whenever I had the chance and I was going for my shots."

Novak Djokovic

IMAGE: Novak Djokovic closed out the 62-minute encounter with a love service break to extend his unbeaten run to 24 matches. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

With the win, Djokovic tied Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer and Bill Talbert's semi-final totals at the ATP Masters 1000 event.

Earlier, Bautista Agut produced a stunning comeback to defeat third seed Daniil Medvedev 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 and reach his maiden semi-final in the event, which is being played at Flushing Meadows, New York instead of Cincinnati due to COVID-19.

Bautista Agut's chances of victory appeared distant after the 24-year-old Russian cruised through the first set and had three break point chances early in the second.

Robert Bautista Agut

IMAGE: Roberto Bautista Agut produced a stunning comeback to defeat third seed Daniil Medvedev and reach his maiden semi-final in the event. Photograph: Al Bello/Getty Images

But the 32-year-old Bautista Agut began to play freely, charging the net and serving with more confidence.

"After the first set, I was thinking a lot of bad things," he said with a laugh. "I had to fight a lot in the second set. It was a really tough match."

In other quarter-final matches, Greek fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas advanced after Reilly Opelka, who was leading 6-5, retired due to a knee injury.

Tsitsipas will play Canada's Milos Raonic, a 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-5 winner over Serbian Filip Krajinovic, for a spot in the final.

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