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Djokovic tames Monfils

Novak Djokovic looks skyward after beating Gael Monfils 7-6(2), 6-1, 6-2.

Novak Djokovic looks skyward after beating Gael Monfils 7-6(2), 6-1, 6-2.  

Serb Novak Djokovic tamed the big-hitting flamboyant game of Gael Monfils as he defeated the Frenchman 7-6 (7-2), 6-1, 6-2 to reach a fourth straight semifinal at the US Open.

Djokovic improved to 5-0 over Monfils, the number 19 who is playing in the New York last eight for the first time.

The Serb held his nerve in characteristic blustery conditions, coming back from a break down to win the first set in a tiebreaker and getting off with an opening break to start the second as his momentum gained pace with French footballer Thierry Henry watching from the Monfils box.

2007 runner-up Djokovic took command in the third to claim his 25th victory at Flushing Meadows. The Serb was playing a sixth consecutive Grand Slam quarter, reaching this level at all four majors in 2010.

“The first set was a turning point,” said Djokovic, who has now won his last 14 sets. “He had a break advantage and I managed to come back. I focussed when I needed to.

“I’m happy to go through in straights sets in these kinds of conditions; this was the worst wind of the event. I’m fortunate to be through.

“I now have two days off and I’ll try to use them to recover and get ready mentally and physically for the next challenge.”

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