(September 3, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 1 Novak Djokovic needed only 79 minutes to dismiss Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0 to move into the quarterfinals on Tuesday at the US Open. Djokovic has now reached his 18th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Djokovic captured the last 13 games of the match and did not lose a point on his serve in the first set.
“Well, when you play against No. 1 of the world, is difficult match, no?,” Granollers said. “I think he play very good. I didn’t play of course a great match.”
The Spaniard Granollers, ranked 43rd in the world, entered the match having played three straight five set matches.
“Had some great matches in the past that I can compare with this one today, but, you know, definitely today, second and third set have been, you know, some of the best tennis that I’ve played on Arthur Ashe in my career,” said the Serbian.
“It all comes at a great time for me. It was something I was wishing to be more aggressive as the tournament progresses and to be able to stay committed to play every point, to win every point, regardless of what’s the score.
“So I’m very happy with my mental state, how I feel physically, and the way I played. You know, it’s definitely coming at the best possible time.”
Djokovic will play Mikhail Youzhny next.