With 81 wins and 12 semi-finals, Novak Djokovic stands as one of the most decorated players at the US Open. Despite many more chances to go all the way, Novak stands on three US Open titles, missing an opportunity to add more trophies to his tally and already establish himself as the most outstanding player at Majors.
The Serb moved in front of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi after advancing into the 11th US Open semi-final in 2018, leaving two great rivals on ten and trailing only to Jimmy Connors. The American is one of the most beloved players in the US Open history, competing in New York between 1970-1992 and lifting five titles on three different surfaces!
Connors scored 98 victories in front of the partisan crowd with whom he celebrated many birthdays on the court on September 2. Jimmy claimed the first US Open crown in 1974 and reached 12 consecutive semi-finals until 1985.
In 2018, Novak Djokovic became the second player with 11 US Open semi-finals.
Connors advanced into the last four at the home Major in New York 14 times to lead that category. As we already said, Djokovic emerged second on that list in 2018 following a victory over John Millman in the quarters.
Thus, the Serb secured a place in the last four for the 11th consecutive time (Novak missed the season's final Major a year earlier due to an elbow injury) to leave Federer and Agassi behind him. Djokovic came to New York ranked 6th after missing the second part of 2017 and making a slow start in 2018 before conquering Wimbledon.
In the opening round, the Serb needed three hours to oust Marton Fucsovics, losing the third set but delivering a bagel in the fourth to move into the next round. Tennys Sandgren also took a set away from Novak, who had the upper hand in the remaining three to cross the finish line and find himself in the last 32.
Richard Gasquet stood no chance against Djokovic, wasting all five break chances and failing to follow that pace in his games to hit the exit door and propel the Serb into the last 16. Novak played well against Joao Sousa and defeated him in straight sets to secure a place in the quarters. He ousted John Millman 6-3 6-4, 6-4 for his 11th US Open semi-final and another milestone.