US Open: History-maker Novak Djokovic tops Taylor Fritz

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US Open: History-maker Novak Djokovic tops Taylor Fritz
US Open: History-maker Novak Djokovic tops Taylor Fritz © Sarah Stier / Staff - Getty Images Sport

Novak Djokovic remains on the course toward his fourth US Open crown! Novak met Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final at Arthur Ashe Stadium and delivered a 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes. Djokovic extended his incredible streak versus the American players, moving into the record-breaking 47th Major semi-final, leaving Roger Federer on 46.

Novak is 13-0 in the US Open quarter-finals, never losing a match at this stage of the season's last Major. The Serb will face Ben Shelton or Frances Tiafoe in a battle for a place in the final. Both players served under 50% in the opening set, struggling in harsh conditions and playing seven games over 40 minutes.

Novak lost serve once and delivered three straight breaks to make the difference and avoid a marathon. Djokovic saved a break point in the encounter's first game and grabbed a break in the next one after Fritz's mistake. Novak squandered the advantage with a loose forehand in game three, staying focused after that and overpowering his rival.

Novak Djokovic is through to his 13th US Open semi-final.

Taylor wasted game points at 1-2 and got broken for the second straight time, already experiencing more service failures than in the opening four rounds combined!

Fritz sprayed a backhand error in the sixth game, experiencing another setback and falling 5-1 behind. Novak served for the opener in the seventh game and landed an ace to wrap up the set 6-1 after 43 minutes. The Serb pushed the American's second serve to the limits in set number two, seizing his only break opportunity and defending four break points in the next one to create the buffer.

Taylor netted a forehand in the third game to experience a break. He made a massive push on the return in the next one and created four break points. Novak stayed calm and erased them, delivering an enormous hold and settling into a fine rhythm.

Both players served well in the rest of the set, and Djokovic served for it at 5-4. A three-time champion fired an ace in the tenth game, moving two sets to love in front after an hour and 34 minutes. The servers barely lost a couple of points in the third set's opening five games, with Fritz following Djokovic's pace.

The home player cracked a forehand winner in the sixth game to earn two break chances. Novak denied them and held with a strong backhand for a massive relief and a roar. Taylor squandered two game points in the seventh game and got broken after a loose backhand to find himself 4-3 behind.

Fritz stayed focused and landed a smash winner in game eight for two break chances. Novak saved them but lost serve on the third after a forehand error, bringing his rival back to 4-4. Instead of building on that, the American sprayed errors in the ninth game, offering the Serb three break points.

Novak converted the second to forge a 5-4 lead and serve for the victory. Taylor landed a forehand down the line winner and created a break chance. Novak erased it with a powerful serve and created a match point with a smash winner.

Djokovic missed it after a wayward backhand before earning the second with a booming serve. Djokovic converted it after Fritz's backhand error to celebrate a place in the semi-final.

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