The last Major ATP event of the year, namely the US Open has a special place in the Serb`s heart. In New York, Djokovic made his very first statement back in 2007. Despite losing that singles final against Roger Federer, the young Serbian player got what he needed in order to give himself some qualityfuelfor later. Novak Djokovic, the defending champion at the US Open has had a bumpy road in 2016.

Djokovic had some inconsistency lately

During the first half of the season, all came up perfectly as he won Australian Open, Roland Garros and other Masters Series events on the ATP World Tour. Some crack arose in his way during the grass swing where the Serb failed to maintain his pace.

Further, he lost in the first round in Rio to Juan Martin del Potro and withdrew from Cincinnati due to some injuries. That was the moment when his contestants got some morbidsatisfaction. Once he put his foot on the hardcourt inside the Flushing Meadows venue, things dramatically shiftedback to normality.

The luck also picks the Serb`s side

There is noshame for a professional player get a dose of luck. On this matter, Novak Djokovic can`t complain as two of his opponents withdrew. Firstly, it was the Czech player Jury Vesely (ATP 49) who quit just before the match started, then in the next roundMikhail Youzhny a former top 10 player pulled out in the first set due to an injury. Still, Djokovic made his point clear in the last match by beating the young rising star Kyle Edmund of Britain.

The 22-year-old is widely considered as Murray`s successor in men`s singles. Djokovic outshonethe young hope in straight sets 6-2 6-1 6-4 in less than 2 hours.

Other great news for the Serb was Nadal being defeated by another youngster, namely the Frenchman Lucas Pouille (ATP 25). Djokovic`s part of the draw seems flawless now with little opposition ahead.

The same can`t be said regarding the other half of the draw where Murray, Wawrinka, Nishikori or del Potro are still floating around.

Novak Djokovic is set to play against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (11 ATP) for a place in the semifinals. It`ll be the 22nd time they will play against each other with Djokovic having won 15 matches while Tsonga has only six.

Last time, they met during the spring session on the American hardcourt at Indian Wells. There, it was Djokovic prevailing at the end of a tight 2 sets, both being decided by tie-breaks.

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