The triumphal march of the Serbian Novak Djokovic was extended this Friday to 26-0 after winning in three sets followed by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-1 to the German Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round of the United States Open and get a place in the round of 16 for the thirteenth time in a row.
"It is not something that I have established, to stay undefeated, but I have to admit that it is an extra motivation that drives me to play stronger in each game", Djokovic acknowledged at the end of the match. match against Struff the fifth between the two, including last week in the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati tournament, to have a perfect 5-0 record against the German.
Djokovic who only needed an hour and 43 minutes to beat Struff, explained that he had had a "very, very good performance".
"I managed to read his serve well. I made a necessary break in the first set. I faced two break points in the opening game," explained Djokovic. "The trajectory of the game can be different if you lose your serve against a big guy like Struff who serves very well and has a very powerful and aggressive game from the back of the court."
On how he was feeling about his game heading into the second week of the Open, Djokovic highlighted that he has been "playing well the last few weeks, training well".
In that sense, he said that he had no doubts that he could go far in the Open competition, where he is seeking his fourth title and his eighteenth Grand Slam title,
"I feel very good. I trust my game. I am taking that in every game that I can play," said Djokovic, who on Sunday will seek his twenty-seventh consecutive victory of 2020 when he faces the Spanish Pablo Carreño, twentieth head of serie, who won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.
The Spanish have been here before. He was a semi-finalist at the US Open in 2017. Djokovic has a 3-0 lead in head-to-head matches, something that says nothing to the world's number one.
"He's a very solid player," admitted Djokovic . "He doesn't necessarily have big guns, but all shots from the back of the court: forehand, backhand. His volleys are very good. He serves well, returns. So I have to be ready for a lot of exchanges.
Djokovic recognized that it was going to be a very demanding match both physically and mentally.