The 34-yr-outdated Serbian cruised previous 121st-ranked Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium to e book a 3rd-spherical date with 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori of Japan.
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“I’m as motivated as ever to do well,” Djokovic stated. “I’m not the only player that wants to go deep in the tournament and put his hands on the trophy. I’m trying to be my best every day and let’s see what happens.”
Djokovic, chasing the primary males’s singles calendar Slam since Rod Laver in 1969, stated the psychological problem was harder than the bodily one at this stage.
“Probably it’s more mental and emotional, really,” Djokovic stated. “I don’t mind being on the court a long time. I feel I have more chances in a best-of-five.
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“It’s extra about dealing with every thing that is taking place off the court docket, all of the expectations.”
A fourth US Open crown would deliver Djokovic his twenty first profession Grand Slam crown, giving him the boys’s all-time document, another than the mark he now shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, each absent with accidents.
Djokovic stated he was holding off having fun with New York’s nightlife.
“We’ll get together and have a good time hopefully in just a few weeks’ time,” Djokovic said.
Griekspoor broke in the seventh game of the second set to pull within 4-3 when Djokovic sent a backhand long, but the number one broke back and held, taking the set on his 10th ace on his way to a 99-minute victory.
“I got here out on the court docket with the suitable vitality, proper focus,” Djokovic said.
Nishikori made himself an obstacle in Djokovic’s path to history by outlasting American Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, avenging a loss in last month’s Washington semi-finals.
Djokovic has a 17-2 career record against Nishikori, who last beat the Serbian star in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. Since then, Djokovic has won 16 in a row, most recently in the Tokyo Olympic quarter-finals.
“Even although I had a foul document, I at all times attempt to be optimistic,” Nishikori said. “I’m certain it is going to be powerful one, however I do my finest.”
Attendance was off as New York struggled to recover from a deadly storm and flash flooding. Remnants of Hurricane Ida struck Wednesday night and killed at least 41 people, triggering a rare state of emergency for the city, flooding subways and turning roads into rivers.
High water that flooded US Open plazas had drained away and wind-scattered furniture was replaced for Thursday. Swamped Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted Thursday morning practice.
“There had been some branches down however nothing that might impression the event or the followers,” National Tennis Center chief operating officer Danny Zausner said.
With abandoned cars scattered across streets near the National Tennis Center and many highways shut down, fewer spectators than normal saw Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev and top-ranked Ashleigh Barty roll into the third round.
Australian Barty dispatch Danish teen Clara Tauson 6-1, 7-5 and German fourth seed Zverev rip 33rd-ranked Spanish left-hander Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1, 6-0, 6-3.
“It was fairly devastating final evening,” Barty said. “It was fairly a wild storm. It did wreak some havoc.”
Reigning Wimbledon champion Barty, seeking her third Grand Slam title, next plays American Shelby Rogers as she chases a sixth trophy of the year and first US Open quarter-finals spot.
Zverev, last year’s US Open runner-up and a champion two weeks ago at Cincinnati, took only 74 minutes to advance.
“It’s nice that I’m via in three units and simply over an hour,” Zverev said. “I’ll want that vitality. I’ll want that energy I’ve for additional matches. I’m glad I solely misplaced 4 video games.”
German Oscar Otte, ranked 144th, became the fifth men’s qualifier to reach the third round by defeating 92nd-ranked American Denis Kudla 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.
There haven’t been so many qualifiers so deep at any Slam since six at the 2011 French Open and not at the US Open since five made it in 1984.