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Djokovic advances to quarter-finals
01 Sep 2014 21:09
Novak Djokovic has moved into the quarter-finals of a grand slam for the 22nd time in a row after seeing off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the US Open on Monday.
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Kohlschreiber, the 22nd seed, was the last man to deny Djokovic a place in the last eight of a major tournament, beating him in the third round at Roland Garros in 2009, but had no answer this time.
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The world number one made a lightning start, winning the first four games, and although Kohlschreiber began to find some rhythm he could do nothing to prevent a 6-1 7-5 6-4 victory for Djokovic.
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The Serb broke Kohlschreiber twice as he steamrollered his way through the opening set in 25 minutes.
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The second set was a much closer affair, and Djokovic was serving to stay alive as he trailed 4-5, 30-40, but a cross-court forehand kept him alive and, buoyed, he swiftly broke Kohlschreiber to go two sets up.
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Another unforced error from Kohlschreiber put him in an early hole in the third set, and there was no way back from there.
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"It was very humid for both of us," Djokovic said on the tournament website.
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"We had a lot of long rallies. The match could have gone either way, especially in the second set."
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