September 6, 2016 / 2:08 AM / in a year

Djokovic, Kerber aim for semi-finals at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic and women’s number two Angelique Kerber look to book berths in the last four of the U.S. Open as the quarter-finals of the year’s last grand slam get underway on Tuesday.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to Kyle Edmund of the UK. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Kerber, who nearly ended Serena Williams’ long run as world number one last month in Cincinnati, tries to stay on track for a possible winner-take-all match with the American in the finals when she goes against Roberta Vinci.

The German, who won the 2016 Australian Open and was runner-up to Williams at Wimbledon, has yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows.

The seventh-seeded Vinci could be a difficult hurdle for Kerber. The Italian, last year’s U.S. Open runner-up , has split four career matches with Kerber and won two of three on hard courts.

The other women’s quarter is a battle of none seeds with former world number one Caroline Wozniacki playing Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia, who upset French Open winner Garbine Muguruza and Britain’s 13th-seeded Johanna Konta along the way.

Men’s world number one Djokovic, who has hardly been tested after receiving a second-round walkover and benefited from a first-set retirement in the third round, faces French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his quarter-final.

The Serb leads their head-to-head 15-6 and has won 11 of his last 12 matches against Tsonga dating back to 2012. Tsonga’s wins include a five-set quarter-final victory over Djokovic at the 2010 Australian Open.

The other men’s quarter on Tuesday is an all-French affair with 10th-seeded veteran Gael Monfils taking on 22-year-old Lucas Pouille, who shocked 14-times grand slam singles winner Rafa Nadal in five sets in the fourth round.

Editing by Steve Keating.

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