Novak Djokovic fought hard as he beat American wildcard Jenson Brooksby to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open. He kept his calendar Grand Slam hopes alive by winning 1-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.
With a poor first set, the world number one overcame to win with a brushing encounter as he was pushed by Brooksby. Brooksby was well-supported by the full crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. He found himself embroiled in a super encounter across the two hours and 58 minutes with the world number 99 Brooksby. With the crowd repeatedly jumping out of their seats to applaud their court coverage and shots, both the players were involved in punishing rallies.
Brooksby made his opponent look uncomfortable with a run for much of the match and kept Djokovic in lengthy rallies. Later Brooksby simply ran out of energy and Novak’s fitness and stamina kept him in front in almost every set.
The 20-minute game was a highlight for Djokovic’s competitiveness as he got 24 points, nine deuces, and six breakpoints. Novak is now three steps behind from his 21st Grand Slam title that can be a men’s record. To secure his place in the semifinals he will have to face Matteo Berrettini.