Djokovic, Federer Cruise Into US Open 4th Round

Djokovic, Federer Cruise Into US Open 4th Round
Djokovic, Federer Cruise Into US Open 4th Round

Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of Richard Gasquet on Saturday beating the French tennis player in straight sets to move smoothly into the US Open last 16.

Sixth-seeded Djokovic, seeking to add to the US Open titles he won in 2011 and 2015, triumphed 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 before a rowdy night crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. It was his 13th victory over Gasquet in 14 career meetings.

Djokovic, irked by a lapse of concentration that cost him a set against Tennys Sandgren in the previous round, sailed through the first two sets against Gasquet, AFP reported.

Up a break at 3-2 in the third, he found himself fighting off two break points -- letting loose a roar and exhorting the crowd after coming out on top in a rally that had the stands rocking.

In another match, Roger Federer hammered Nick Kyrgios a 6-4 6-1 7-5 and stormed into the fourth round of the US Open on Saturday.

With all three of their previous meetings requiring a third-set tiebreak to decide the winner, a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium had expected high drama but instead witnessed a rout as Federer recorded his third win against the unpredictable Australian.

While the 37-year-old Federer has mined the most out of his immense skill to capture a record 20 Grand Slam titles, including five US Opens, Kyrgios remains one of the sport’s great enigmas, widely viewed as one of tennis’s great talents and biggest underachievers.

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