Djokovic Fights Back To Beat Nishikori And Reach Fourth Round

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Novak Djokovic had to fight back from a set down to overcome Kei Nishikori and move to the fourth round of the US Open, keeping his goal for a calendar Grand Slam alive.

The world number one overcame a loose first set to win 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-3 6-2 and beat the Japanese for the 17th time in a row.

The Serb, 34, is aiming for a men’s record 21st Grand Slam title. He will face American Jenson Brooksby next, after the wildcard beat Russian 21st seed Aslan Karatsev in five sets.

Brooksby, the world number 99, came from behind to win 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 6-3 and become the youngest man from the USA to reach the US Open fourth round since Andy Roddick in 2002.

The crowd in New York was split on top seed Djokovic, but he appeared to have won them over by the last point.

He begged them to make more noise numerous times, cupping his ear toward the crowd, but he did not do his traditional’show of love’ celebration in the stands.

After his post-match interview, he did spend some time signing autographs and gifting numerous young fans items from his kit bag.

Source: BBC Sport

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