Novak Djokovic was pleased with his straight-set quarter-final win over the Frenchman Lucas Pouille at the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. The Serb prevailed 6-2 6-1 and at the end of the match he said: "It was definitely one of the best matches I’ve played this year.
Best one of this week [and it] came at the right time. I thought Lucas was playing really well the first couple of matches in this tournament. I saw him play a couple of days ago against Nishioka and he was playing really well.
I took away the time from him. I served well, served many aces, returned a lot of his serves back and just used every opportunity to come in. Just overall, a really flawless performance", admitted Djokovic, who was speaking when David Goffin and Hyeon Chung had not stepped up on the court to play their match yet.
Goffin eventually prevailed in straight sets. Djokovic said: "[Chung has] struggled with injury and is building his [ATP] Ranking. He’s a great guy, a hard worker, he’s got a very solid game, very strong legs, moves very well, quick.
Goffin on the other hand is someone that is in form. Played the finals in Cincinnati and has been coming closer and closer to Top 15, Top 10 of the world. So I’m looking forward to a great challenge tomorrow." Reilly Opelka analyzed his straight-set win over Yasumaki Uchiyama.
The American said: "I'm stoked. I'm happy. Today was tough, I felt some pressure. I was the favourite in that match. He was playing inspired tennis in his hometown with the home crowd. I thought I did a great job of dealing with all those different factors and variables.
I played really well. The way I played that match is how I see myself playing, how I hope I play in the future. I had a lot of clarity on the court."