2 Sep 2018

Djokovic, Federer US Open showdown looms

4:13 pm on 2 September 2018

Novak Djokovic has moved closer to a possible US Open quarter-final against Roger Federer with an efficient victory over Richard Gasquet in the third round.

Novak Djokovic competing at the 2018 US Open

Novak Djokovic competing at the 2018 US Open Photo: Photosport

Djokovic saved all five break points he faced in a routine 6-2 6-3 6-3 victory, although the Serbian sixth seed was made to work late in the match to maintain his break.

"It was a great match from the beginning to the end," he said in his on-court interview.

"In the third set Richard raised his level and the crowd was amazing towards the end. I love the energy."

Djokovic is now 13-1 for his career against Gasquet, including 11 wins in a row.

The two-time champion at Flushing Meadows will face Joao Sousa in the fourth round on Monday after the unseeded Portuguese won three tiebreakers in his 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) victory over 17th-seeded Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Earlier on Saturday, Federer's 51 winners included a jaw-dropping flick around the net post as he swept aside Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-1 7-5 to reach the fourth round in a 17th consecutive appearance in New York.

There he will face 55th-ranked John Millman after the Australian defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-4 4-6 6-1 6-3, to seal his first appearance in a grand slam second week.

- Reuters