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Djokovic pulverizes Fritz at the US Open and is one step away from the grand final

Novak Djokovic has never lost to an American tennis player in the US Open and the statistics remain after their quarterfinals this Tuesday against taylor fritz. The Serbian once again left the world number nine without answers, as had happened in their previous seven meetings. He has fitted a 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4 which is a mere reflection in numbers of a overwhelming and crushing superiority on the track of the owner of 23 grand. And Nole, in search of the fourth New York title, and the historic 24, continues his path in New York.

In those seven meetings with Djokovic up until Tuesday, the 25-year-old Fritz had never found the answer to the Serbian champion’s tennis. In Australia two years ago, his only match until this September in a big one, at least forced him to go to five sets. But in the Arthur Ashe, a pressure cooker where the suffocating humidity has raised the wind chill to around 40 degrees, the Californian’s ability to challenge the Belgrade player has evaporated.

Only in the third set, after two hours and 20 minutes of play, Fritz managed to break Djokovic and equalize that third set at 4-4. But any picture of options has been a fleeting mirage. In the next game, Djokovic returned the break, putting the game at his service. And although Fritz has had one more opportunity to prolong, he has wasted it. And on his second match point, Djokovic has made the victory his own.

historical marks

With the victory against Fritz is the 46th time Djokovic has reached the round of four in a majora milestone that until now was only in the tennis history books next to the name of Roger Federer. and with his thirteenth New York semi-finalthe Serbian is now only one of the 14 by Jimmy Connors.

With the rival of that game on Thursday settling this Tuesday night in a meeting between Frances Tiafoe and Ben SheltonDjokovic will have another opportunity to confirm himself as a black beast for American tennis players, even at this moment when, after years of crossing the desert, the stars and stripes finally regain their pride and hope.

because since Sam Querrey made him kneel on the grass Wimbledon in the third round of 2016, He has never bowed down to a US player again, and what opportunities there have been: Djokovic has met them 29 times since then, 13 in big ones like New York.


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