Nothing stops the number one in the world, the Serbian Novak Djokovic who again gave another great tennis exhibition this Friday by winning three sets in a row 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2 to German Jan-Lennard Struff 28th seed, and made it to the round of 16 at the US Open.
Djokovic, 33, who remains undefeated so far this season with a 26-0 record, only needed one hour and 42 minutes to be among the top 16 in the world for the thirteenth consecutive time Open.
The next rival of Djokovic will be the Spanish Pablo Carreño twenty-seeded, who achieved the pass to the round of 16 after also winning in three straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 and 6-2 to the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis, number 65 in the world.
In his prime
Carreño, 29, who achieved the second round of the Open, after reaching the semifinals in 2017, his best classification in a Grand Slam tournament will face Djokovic for the fourth time with a 3-0 lead for the world number one.
Djokovic, seeking his fourth Open title and eighteenth Grand Slam title has been intractable on the tracks at Flushing Meadows since he arrived two weeks ago to contest the Cincinnati Masters 1000 first. , which won for the second time.
Precisely, in the quarterfinals he had also beaten Struff, who once again could do nothing against Djokovic's tennis which is at a much higher level than the rest with the devastating right that he possesses, his Insurmountable coverage of the back of the court and a serve that always gives him the goals he needs.
In this way, the game had no more history to do with how Djokovic did not give up his serve in the four opportunities that Struff generated to do so, while the world number one took advantage of 5 of the 11 that he played and thus his presentation on center court Arthur Ashe seemed more like a formality than an interesting third-round Grand Slam duel.
Djokovic placed 34 winners against 23 unforced errors compared to 23 and 32, respectively, by Struff, who went from less to more against the complete dominance imposed by the current champion of the Open of Australia, which gave yet another display of dominance and "killer instinct".
Together with the long-awaited victory for Djokovic, who may be his rival in the semifinals, the young German Alexander Zverev, fifth seeded, overcame a set against and won 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 and 6-2 to the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, thirty-third seeded, and achieved for the second consecutive time the pass to the round of 16.
Zverev, now trained by David Ferrer, a true legend of Spanish tennis and one of the most respected professionals on the ATP circuit, has found that touch of passion and above all enthusiasm with his tennis , which makes him a much more complete player.
E he rival of Zverev, 23, will be the young Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich, 21, who also won in four sets, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6- 2 and 6-1 to the British Cameron Norrie and reached for the first time the round of 16 of the US Open and a Grand Slam.
The duel between the young talents of world tennis will be the first they have on the ATP circuit.
The fifth day of the Open within the men's competition also saw the triumphs of the seeds, the Belgian David Goffin, seventh, who won in three consecutive sets of 6-1, 7-6 (5) and 6- 4 to Serbian Filip Krajinovic, twenty-sixth seeded.
His rival in the round of 16 will be the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov, twelfth seed who won in five sets, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5) and 6-2, to the young American Taylor Fritz, nineteenth favorite.