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Djokovic advances to quarters

The forecasts were fulfilled with the qualification for the quarterfinals of the United States Open of the Serbian Novak Djokovic, number one in the world, the Croatian Marin Cilic (9), defending champion, the Spanish Feliciano López and the Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, nineteenth .
Djokovic defeated the Spanish Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3, seeded twenty-third, and reached the quarterfinals of the last Grand Slam tournament for the ninth time in a row.
“I am happy to find myself again in the second week of the Open, especially after having beaten a rival of the class of Bautista whom I congratulate on the tournament and the match he has played,” said Djokovic at the end of the match, which lasted three hours and three minutes.
His rival will be fellow Spaniard Feliciano López, seeded twenty-eighth, who in the afternoon session won 6-3, 7-6(7) and 6-1 over Italian Fabio Fognini, number 32 in the world, executioner Rafael Nadal in the third round whom he won in five sets after coming back from 0-2 down.
The duel between Djokovic and López will be the sixth as professionals and the Serbian tennis player has a 5-0 lead, but they have not met since the Shanghai Masters in 2012.
“It is always difficult to play against Spanish tennis players because they serve very well, they secure the second and they do not leave the rest easy for you, but I will be ready against López”, commented the number one in the world.
Djokovic, who lost his first set so far in the tournament, needed three hours and three minutes before defeating Bautista for the third time in the clashes they have had as professionals.
The 28-year-old Serbian tennis player is seeking to reach all four Grand Slam finals for the first time in his career and has reached the quarterfinals in 17 consecutive tournaments since last year’s Cincinnati Masters.
Bautista Agut’s defeat left Spanish tennis with only one representative of the 12 who started the tournament.
Before the triumphs of Djokovic and López, those of Cilic, seeded ninth, and Tsonga, seeded nineteenth, had arrived, who were the first to advance to the quarterfinals.
Cilic won 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(7) and 6-1 against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, twenty-seventh in the world ranking, after two hours and 26 minutes of action in which the serve and Winning shots were once again the Croatian tennis player’s best weapons.
The rival of the current Open champion will be Tsonga, who easily beat his compatriot Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, which allowed him to reach the quarterfinals of the Open for the second time in his career. Open after it did already in 2011.
Both tennis players will meet for the eighth time as professionals, with a 4-3 advantage for Cilic, who has beaten him in the last three duels, including the match they played this year in Monte Carlo.
Tsonga, overcome the physical problems he had at the beginning of the year and that cost him to play the Australian Open, showed again his great moment of play against Paire by completing the fourth game that he has not lost his serve nor has he given up a set.
Within the women’s competition, the Williams sisters won their respective round of 16 matches and will play the expected quarter-final duel at the start of the second week of the last Grand Slam tournament.
The first to get through to the quarterfinals was Venus, who at 35 confirmed the great moment of the game she is going through and easily beat Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-1, number 152 in the world. , in just 52 minutes.
The oldest of the Williams sisters reached the quarterfinals for the eleventh time, the first since 2010 when she was a semifinalist.
For her part, Serena, who is looking to make history by becoming the first tennis player since 1988 to win the title in all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same season, played her best game so far in the Open by winning 6-3 and 6-3 to his compatriot Madison Keys, nineteenth in the world.
The duel between the Williams sisters will be number 27 with a 15-11 advantage for Serena, including the victory she achieved in the round of 16 at Wimbledon.
The Italian Roberta Vinci went to the quarterfinals without playing before the loss due to a head injury to the Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, twenty-fifth favorite, and her rival will be the winner of the match that tonight the Russian Ekaterina Makarova (13) and the French Kristina Mladenovic, number 40 in the world. EFE

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