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Patna : World No 1 & top seed Novak Djokovic, 34, Serbia, defeated World No 56 Kei Nishikori, 31, Japan, in a four-set contest on September 4, 2021, late night, to reach men’s singles Round of 16 at US Open. Djokovic, the winner of winner of 20 Grand Slam singles titles, beat 2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in 3rd round rallying back from one set down at Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York, USA.
World No 1 Djokovic hammered 15 Aces during the match to 6 by Nishikori. Djokovic, however, also committed 7 double faults during the match to 3 by the Japanese. The Serbian won 7 break points during the match to 2 by Nishikori. He also won 5 games in a row in the match to 3 by the Japanese. Djokovic, in all, won 150 points during the match to 124 points by Nishikori.
Djokovic will face World No 99 Jenson Brooksby, 20, USA, in Round of 16 on September 6, 2021. Brooksby defeated 21st seed ASlan Karatsev, 27, Russia, in a five-set thriller 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 3rd round on September 5, 2021, early morning. Brooksby won 8 break points during the match to 7 by the World No 25 Russian. But, Karatsev won 7 games in a row during the match to 5 by the American. Brooksby fired 9 Aces in the match to 8 by the Russian. The American, in all, won 138 points during the match to 133 by Karatsev.
World No 8 & 6th seed Matteo Berrettini, 25, Italy, beat World N0 53 Ilya Ivashka, 27, Belarus, in a five-set marathon 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in 3rd round at Grandstand on September 4, 2021, coming back from behind to move into Round of 16. Berrettini, the 2021 Wimbledon finalist, hammered 27 Aces during the match to 11 by Ivashka. Berrettini, who had reached US Open semi-final in 2019, won 4 break points during the match to 2 by Ivashka. But, Ivashka won 5 games in a row to 3 by the Italian. Berrettini will face World No 144 Oscar Otte, 28, Germany, in Round of 16.