World number one Novak Djokovic is through to the US Open men’s singles quarter-finals in New York but needed four sets to down Roberto Bautista Agut on Sunday. Djokovic’s 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 came in three hours and three minuets at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The top seed was not at his best, winning 69% of his first serve points and 52% on his second serve while hitting 42 winners and committing 37 unforced errors.
The Serb will meet another Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, in the quarters. Lopez ousted Rafael Nadal’s third round conqueror Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6, 6-1 in the fourth round. Earlier, defending US Open champion Marin Cilic reached the 2015 quarter-finals after beating Jeremy Chardy in four sets in the Big Apple. The ninth seed blasted 23 aces past the Frenchman to win 6-3, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 in two hours and 26 minutes at Arthur Ashe.
The Croat won 84% of his first serve points and hit 52 winners along the way. Cilic will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga next at Flushing Meadows. Tsonga was simply too strong for his countryman Benoit Paire at the Louis Armstrong Stadium as he won in straight sets.
The 19th seed won 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in 102 minutes to secure his quarter-final berth. There was mixed news for South Africa at the end of the first week at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center. Raven Klaasen exited the Mixed Doubles in the second round after he and partner Raquel Kops-Jones fell 6-4, 6-3 to Anastasia Rodionova and Max Mirnyi.
In the Junior Boys’ singles first round, Lloyd Harris was a 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 victor against Sam Riffice. The two were on court for two hours and three minutes with the young South African serving 13 aces and winning 85% of his first serve points. Harris was excellent as he conceded just one unforced error against the American on Court 13.