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US Open 2023 results: Novak Djokovic, Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz & Ben Shelton into New York quarters

Novak Djokovic hugs Borna Gojo after their US Open match

Novak Djokovic reached a 13th US Open men’s quarter-final, only Jimmy Connors (17) has played more in the Open era
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 28 August-10 September
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Novak Djokovic enjoyed a smooth passage into the US Open quarter-finals as he won in straight sets to end Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo’s surprise run.

Second seed Djokovic continued his bid for a record-equalling 24th major title with a 6-2 7-5 6-4 win in New York.

“I did well in the important moments and I’m pleased to get through in three sets,” said three-time winner Djokovic.

The 36-year-old Serb will play ninth seed Taylor Fritz, who is one of three American men in the quarter-finals.

Fritz, 25, won 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 6-4 against Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker, joining Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton in progressing on Sunday.

Tiafoe, 25, beat Australia’s Rinky Hijikata 6-4 6-1 6-4 to set up a last-eight meeting with Shelton, guaranteeing at least one home player in the semi-finals.

Shelton, 20, beat 14th seed Tommy Paul 6-4 6-3 4-6 6-4 as three American men reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2005.

‘Ready’ Djokovic lies in wait for American trio

Fritz, Tiafoe and Shelton are each bidding to become the first man from the host nation to win the singles title since Andy Roddick in 2003.

In order for Fritz to emulate Roddick, he will have to find a way past Djokovic first.

Djokovic reached a 57th major quarter-final, leaving him one adrift of Roger Federer’s record in the Open era, with a routine victory over 105th-ranked Gojo.

The manner of the win was the polar opposite to the fightback from two sets down which he had to perform against fellow Serb Laslo Djere in the previous round.

Djokovic did not concede a break point to US Open debutant Gojo in the opening set, but lost his serve for 2-0 in the second by planting a volley into the net.

However, 25-year-old Gojo was unable to consolidate. The big-serving Croat hit five double faults as he handed over the game without making Djokovic apply any real pressure.

Djokovic continued to nullify Gojo and smartly took care of his own service games, breaking three more times as Gojo became increasingly weary and took a third match point with an ace out wide.

“I knew Borna has a big game and is a big-shot player. One of the keys to the match was to reduce his serve and stop the aces,” said Djokovic.

“I tried to manage…

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