Djokovic slides into our open quarters while Gauff Wozniacki stops | tennis news

Novak Djokovic reached his 13th US Open quarterfinals on Sunday after Coco Gauff ended Caroline Wozniacki’s fairytale Grand Slam comeback and engaged in a potential blockbuster with defending champion Iga Swiatek. The three-time US Open winner Djokovic prevailed 6: 2, 7: 5, 6: 4 against the 105th Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo and delivered a showdown with the American number 1 Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals. After recovering from a two-set deficit in the preliminary round, Djokovic dictated from the start against 25-year-old underdog Gojo, who had won just one Grand Slam match before this week.

Djokovic broke twice in the first set, the 23-time Grand Slam winner shaking off an early wobble in the second set and delivering another break in the third to defeat Gojo without the drama of his previous five-set win over Laslo Djere defeat.

“I knew Borna had a big game. To be honest, I don’t think we’ve ever competed at tour level,” Djokovic said.

“He’s a great hitter, serves and forehand, has big weapons and moves pretty well for a big guy. The key to the game was trying to neutralize his serve. I’m just happy to get through in straight sentences.”

The 36-year-old Serbian star will look to continue his dominance over Fritz on Tuesday, a player he has beaten in all seven past encounters including a one-sided affair in Cincinnati last month.

“He played great tennis, especially on home soil here in the US,” Djokovic said of Fritz.

“Obviously the games are going to be tougher from now on and I’m ready. It is going to be great.”

Fritz became the third American to reach the quarterfinals on Sunday after defeating Swiss qualifier Dominic Stricker in straight sets.

The ninth-seeded player beat world No. 128 Stricker 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-4 to equal his mother Kathy May’s push to the quarterfinals of the 1978 US Open.

He joins compatriots Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton in the next round. It is the first time since 2005 that the USA has represented three men’s quarterfinalists in New York.

10th-seeded Tiafoe advanced to an all-American quarterfinal against 47th-ranked Shelton after beating Australia’s Rinky Hijikata 6-4 6-1 6-4.

Tiafoe, 25, reached the semifinals of last year’s US Open where he lost to eventual champion Carlos Alcaraz in five sets.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Shelton defeated 14th-seeded compatriot Tommy Paul in four sets to reach his second Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year.

He retaliated for his Australian Open Round of 16 loss to Paul by winning 6-4, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, becoming the youngest American since Andy Roddick in 2002 to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Reached the US Open.

– Gauff Eyes Swiatek Showdown –
Home favorite and sixth-seeded Gauff had to win three sets in four rounds for the third time this week before defeating former world number one Wozniacki 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The 19-year-old could face defending champion Swiatek in the quarters after Gauff clinched her 15th win in 16 games, a streak that also included titles in Washington and Cincinnati last month.

Gauff came alive after losing the first two games and securing the first set, but Wozniacki – playing her first Grand Slam in over three years – turned back time and leveled the game.

Two-time US Open runner-up Wozniacki broke up early in the deciding set, prompting a fierce reaction from Gauff, who won the last six games to secure a brave victory.

“Caroline is back, it’s like she never left,” Gauff said of 33-year-old Wozniacki, who was in just her third tournament since returning to the sport last month.

“The level she played today was amazing and she was an inspiration to me as a kid.”

Wozniacki, who made her tour debut when Gauff was just one year old, retired after the 2020 Australian Open to start a family and give birth to two children.

She tried to emulate Kim Clijsters, who beat the Dane in the 2009 US Open final on her return to Grand Slam tennis from maternity leave.

Later on Sunday, Swiatek takes on the dangerous Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in the evening session in a clash of past and current French Open champions.

World No. 1 Swiatek is 3-0 against the unpredictable Ostapenko, but it’s their first Grand Slam encounter.

“With Jelena, it’s a bit like one day she can play a perfect match and just give everything, even though she’s really taking risks, and another day it can be different,” Swiatek said.

“You never know what to expect.”

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