Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick used an interesting way to describe how it feels playing Novak Djokovic after the Serb sent rising American star Jenson Brooksby back to school. Brooksby, 20, easily won the first set against Djokovic but the Serb then put on a clinic in the rest of the match as he claimed a 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 win to progress into the US Open quarterfinal.
"First he takes your legs, then he takes your soul," Roddick tweeted while the match was still on. Djokovic didn't neccessarily agree with Roddick's that he takes his opponent's souls. "Thanks Andy, I take that as a compliment, only the 1st part.
The second part - I don't take anybody's soul. Everyone has their soul, we are all beautiful souls," Djokovic said, when responding to Roddick's comments.
Djokovic praised Brooksby following their clash
"I think great quality match.
He started off better. I've never played him. I didn't see him play too many times. Maybe few matches in the last few months. Haven't followed his career prior to that, so I didn't know much about him. Had to do some homework and some analysis.
"It's different stepping out on the court first time against someone that really has nothing to lose. He's a young, talented player that is very crafty. He's got the really all-around game. He was pumped. He had the crowd behind him, of course.
He played a perfect first set. Everything he intended to do he executed it perfectly. "On my end, I was just trying to find a rhythm, trying to read his game, trying to understand where I can find holes in his game and start to attack and shift the momentum to my side." Djokovic, seeded at No.
1, is now three wins away from capturing a Calendar Grand Slam. Djokovic plays next against Matteo Berrettini.