US OPEN 2014
Djokovic Into 22nd Straight Major QF
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached his 22nd consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final on Monday at the US Open as he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium.
The Serb is through to the last eight at Flushing Meadows for the eighth year in a row and is looking to reach his fifth straight final in New York.
"I'm very glad obviously that I had so many consecutive quarter-finals at Grand Slams," said Djokovic. "Obviously it motivates me for the future to continue that streak. I feel good about my game, myself. My physical state is pretty good. I'm fit. This is something that is obviously encouraging me for the next one."
After an emphatic start to his sixth meeting with Kohlschreiber, Djokovic's momentum was halted in the second set. He was forced to save a set point down 4-5, 30/40 in the second set before breaking the German in the following game and serving out a two-set lead. An early break in the third steered Djokovic to victory in just over two hours. He improved to a 5-1 lead over Kohlschreiber in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
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"[The set point] was one of the turning points of the match," said Djokovic, reflecting on the second set. "If he had won that point, won the second set, it's pretty even. So it's a big point, and I tried to get the crowd engaged."
For a place in the semi-finals, Djokovic will face Andy Murray. The Belgrade native is looking to win his eighth Grand Slam championship and second of the season after prevailing over Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final in July.
Djokovic leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head series with Murray 12-8, including victory over the Scot earlier this year in the Miami quarter-finals. Their last meeting at the US Open saw Murray win his first Grand Slam title with a five-set victory in the final.
“We all know how good of a player he is and what kind of qualities he possesses,” said Djokovic of Murray. “He’s been on and off this year, but I’m sure this is where he wants to do well. But I’m feeling very confident on the court as well. I think it’s going to be very, very high quality tennis. I’m looking forward to seeing where my game is against one of the world’s best players.”