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Novak Djokovic reaches the fourth round of the US Open for the 12th consecutive time.

Novak's Dozen: Djokovic Reaches US Open Fourth Round For 12th Time

Top seed cruises past Kudla on Friday

Top-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic produced his best match of the week against American Denis Kudla on Friday at the US Open, hitting plenty of flashy winners under the lights to reach the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win.

”I’m very glad with the way it went,” Djokovic said in his on-court interview. “I want to thank everyone for staying this late and supporting both of us players.”

Djokovic improved to 2-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Kudla. He also earned his 72nd victory in New York, moving past Pete Sampras and into fifth place for most US Open match wins in the Open Era. He has now reached the second week at Flushing Meadows 12 times.

US Open Wins Leader (Open Era)

Position

Name

W-L

Years Played

1

Jimmy Connors

98-17

1970-89, 1991-92

2

Roger Federer

88-13

2000-15, 2017-19

3

Andre Agassi

79-19

1986-2006

4

Ivan Lendl

73-13

1979-94

5

Novak Djokovic

72-10

2005-16, 2018-19

6

Pete Sampras

71-9

1998-98, 2000-02

Awaiting Djokovic is a blockbuster showdown with former US Open champion and No. 23 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, who prevailed in straight sets earlier in the day over Italian Paolo Lorenzi. The Serbian leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 19-5 and prevailed in two of their three New York showdowns. However, Wawrinka won their most recent battle in the 2016 US Open final.

”We had some great battles over the years everywhere, but particularly here. I lost to him the last time we played on this court,” Djokovic said. “He’s someone that possesses a game with a lot of power and quality. He’s a great guy. We practice together a lot, so may the best man win.”

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Kudla, competing in the third round of the US Open for the first time, was unawed by competing in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But while he produced plenty of shots worthy of the highlight reel, it was Djokovic who won the points that mattered most. The top seed saved all seven break points he faced and converted four of his break point chances, firing 34 winners en route to advancing in two hours and three minutes.

The Serbian is seeking his fourth US Open crown and first successful title defence in New York. Djokovic will move up to 17 Grand Slam titles should he prevail this fortnight, moving one behind Rafael Nadal (18) and inching closer to all-time leader Roger Federer (20).

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