ATP US Open: Novak Djokovic overcomes slow start to beat Jenson Brooskby

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic scored the 25th consecutive victory at Majors in 2021 following a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over the young American Jenson Brooksby in two hours and 59 minutes. Novak made a terrible start before finding his strokes and ousting the young gun, who gave his everything to stay competitive in his career-best tournament so far. They created a similar number of break chances. The more experienced player used them more efficiently, suffering three breaks and stealing the American’s serve six times to control the scoreboard after the opener and remain on a course towards a calendar Grand Slam. Djokovic was the more aggressive player on the court with over 40 winners and unforced errors, keeping the points on his racquet to advance and become the fifth player in the Open era with 12 US Open quarter-finals. Also, Novak is the second player behind Roger Federer with 12 quarter-finals at all four Major tournaments, a feat that will hardly be repeated in the future.

Novak Djokovic is through to his 12th US Open quarter-final.

Jenson fended off a break chance in the opening game with a service winner and blasted another to bring it home and avoid an early setback. The youngster broke Novak in game two and held at 15 with a perfect drop shot winner to forge a 3-0 lead. Djokovic served at 1-4 and sprayed a backhand error to experience the second break and push the rival closer to the opener. Carried by the partisan crowd, Jenson hit a service winner in game seven to wrap up the first set 6-1 in 29 minutes and announce a shocking result. Novak started all over in set number two and built a 3-0 lead before Jenson pulled the break back after a marathon game to reduce the deficit to 2-3 after 20 minutes and numerous deuces and break chances.

Staying calm, Novak secured another break in game six with a forehand winner and held at love at 5-3 to level the overall score and gain a boost. With momentum on his side, the Serb raced into a 4-0 lead in the third set and held at 15 with a service winner at 5-2 to take the advantage and move closer to the finish line. Saving his best tennis for the fourth set, the 20-time Major champion barely lost a point behind the initial shot and scored two breaks that carried him through, sealing the deal with a volley winner at 5-1 to enter the last eight.