Djokovic first man through to U.S. Open quarter-finals

Mon Sep 1, 2014 6:27pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic was the first man through to the quarter-finals of the U.S. Open on Monday, sweeping past Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1 7-5 6-4 under a baking New York sun.

Djokovic, who has reached the final at Flushing Meadows each of the last four years and won it all in 2011, has been in storming form, giving every indication that the big Serb plans to be playing for the title again on Sept. 8.

"I'm very glad obviously that I had so many consecutive quarter-finals of grand slams, it says that I do value these tournaments the most and try to always perform my best tennis in them," said Djokovic, will now take on eighth seeded Scotsman Andy Murray who fended off ninth seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 in intense heat at Flushing Meadows. "Obviously motivates me for the future to continue that streak, of course.

It marks the 22nd consecutive grand slam that Djokovic has advanced at least to the quarter-finals and eighth straight at the U.S. Open

The last time Djokovic failed to reach the last eight at a major Kohlschreiber blocked his way with a third round victory at the 2009 French Open.

There was no danger of a repeat on Monday.

The top seed needed just 19 minutes to race in front 5-0 lead before the 22nd seeded Kohlschreiber finally held serve to halt the slide.

But the small victory could not stop the inevitable as Djokovic wrapped up the first set and then went on to claim the match in a touch over two hours without surrendering a break.   Continued...

Novak Djokovic of Serbia serves to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany during their match at the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 1, 2014.       REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz