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Djokovic At His Best In 4th Round Rout

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Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic reaches the US Open quarter-finals for a seventh straight year.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic raced into the US Open quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 rout of Spaniard Marcel Granollers, Tuesday on Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

The Serbian won the last 15 games to claim the 79-minute victory. He did not lose a point on serve in the opening set, in fact winning his first 25 service points, and only faced one break point in the final game.

"I had some great matches in the past that I can compare with this one today, but definitely today, second and third set have been some of the best tennis that I've played on Arthur Ashe in my career," said Djokovic.

"It's a fantastic feeling when you're playing this well. You love spending time on the court and experiencing such great zone where you are at that moment." 

The 43rd-ranked Granollers had reached the fourth round for the first time at a hard-court major with three straight five-set wins. "Even if I go three matches before in three sets, it's difficult to beat Nole, no?" he said. "It's a very difficult match for me. I was trying my best, and I didn't play my best tennis today. But I think he played very good."

Djokovic has yet to drop a set during the tournament, and has conceded five games or less in three of his four matches.

"I was wishing to be more aggressive as the tournament progresses and to be able to stay committed to play every point, to win every point, regardless of what's the score," said the top seed. "So I'm very happy with my mental state, how I feel physically, and the way I played. It's definitely coming at the best possible time." 

He advances to his 18th straight Grand Slam quarter-final, and will look to continue his run when he next faces Mikhail Youzhny, whom he leads 5-3 in the FedEx ATP Head2Head. The Russian prevented a quarter-final meeting between two former US Open champions when he came back to defeat 2001 titlist Lleyton Hewitt in five sets.

Djokovic won the US Open title in 2011 and was runner-up in 2007, ‘10 and ’12. 

Paes/Stepanek Set SF Clash With Bryans
Leander Paes, doubles champion in New York in 2006 and '09, advanced to the semi-finals alongside Radek Stepanek with a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-4 victory over the Pakistani-Dutch tandem of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer. The No. 4 seeds won the last three points of the match to break Qureshi's serve, including a pair of double faults.

Paes and Stepanek are set to duel with top seeds and defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan with a berth in the final on the line.

In other doubles action, No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares also came back from dropping a second set tie-break, ousting Jamie Murray and John Peers 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-4. The Austrian-Brazilian duo continued their strong 2013 campaign, which has seen them reach seven finals. They most recently won the title in Montreal a month ago.

Peya and Soares will face the winner of Wednesday's quarter-final between 10th seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and No. 16 seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot.

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