Novak Djokovic has reached four Major quarter-finals in eight seasons
Novak Djokovic has been a player to beat at Majors this year, winning two titles and losing one final. Novak is seeking his 24th Major crown at the US Open, returning to New York after missing the action last year and advancing into the semi-final.
Novak is the only player with a quarter-final at all four Majors in 2023, achieving that for the eighth year and matching Roger Federer’s record! Djokovic notched all four quarter-finals at Majors for the first time in 2010, repeating that in the next five years and moving closer to Federer.
Novak had to wait until 2021 to collect four Major quarter-finals again, edging closer to Roger and matching his this year. Djokovic conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros, playing well at Wimbledon and losing an epic final to Carlos Alcaraz in five sets.
The Serb bounced back in New York, defeating five rivals and remaining on the title course. Djokovic met Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final and ousted him 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 35 minutes.Thus, Novak remained perfect in the US Open quarter-finals, notching his 47th Major semi-final and achieving another record.
Djokovic played better in challenging conditions, taming his strokes nicely and welcoming Fritz’s 50 mistakes. Taylor served at 55% and struggled on the second serve, getting broken six times from nine chances offered to Novak despite being almost flawless in the previous rounds.
The Serb experienced a couple of challenging service games, playing against 12 break chances and defending ten to keep the pressure on the other side. Novak found the rhythm on the return right from the start, delivering three straight breaks in the first set and clinching it 6-1 in 43 minutes after a couple of challenging games.
Taylor netted a forehand in the second set’s third game to experience a break before making a massive push in the next one. Novak stayed calm and saved four break points, delivering an enormous hold and settling into a fine rhythm.
Novak Djokovic has embraced eight seasons with four Major quarter-finals.
Djokovic served for the set at 5-4 and fired an ace to forge two sets to love advantage, moving closer to a place in the last four.
Fritz served well at the start of the third set before earning two break points at 3-2 with a forehand winner. Novak denied them and held with a strong backhand that gave him a boost. Taylor squandered two game points in the seventh game before placing a loose backhand, losing serve and finding himself 4-3 behind.
Eager to fight until the end, Fritz hit a smash winner in the eighth game and created two break points. Djokovic erased them but lost serve on the third after a forehand error, bringing his rival back to 4-4 and increasing the drama.
Instead of building on that, the American sprayed errors in the ninth game and lost serve on the Serb’s second break chance. Taylor stayed competitive, landing a forehand down the line winner at 4-5 and earning a break chance.
Novak protected it with a powerful serve and reached a match point with a smash winner. He missed it after a wayward backhand before creating the second with a booming serve. Novak converted it after Taylor’s backhand error to celebrate the victory and the record-breaking 47th Major semi-final.