On a day of straight set matches, Novak Djokovic had the easiest quarterfinal blowing out Lucas Pouille for a third time this year with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.
“It was definitely one of the best matches I’ve played this year. Best one of this week [and it] came at the right time. I thought Lucas was playing really well the first couple of matches in this tournament,” Djokovic said. “I saw him play a couple of days ago against Nishioka and he was playing really well. I took away the time from him. I served well, served many aces, returned a lot of his serves back and just used every opportunity to come in. Just overall, a really flawless performance.”
He’ll now face David Goffin who took out Hyeon Chung 6-2, 6-2.
“Played the finals in Cincinnati and has been coming closer and closer to Top 15, Top 10 of the world. So I’m looking forward to a great challenge tomorrow,” Djokovic added.
Djokovic leads Goffin 6-1.
“You want to do your job… it doesn’t matter what’s the score. You want to stay in the match and try to do your job. And then sometimes you have some chances, some opportunities you have to take to maybe do some damage, because you don’t have a lot of opportunities when you play those guys,” Goffin said. “You just have a couple of small ones and you have to take it. Hopefully that will be the case tomorrow.”
Reilly Opelka kept his final hopes alive cruising past Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-3.
Uchiyama’s countryman Taro Daniel whas eliminated as well by qualifier John Millman 6-4, 6-0.
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