Yoshihito Nishioka 0-3 Novak Djokovic
On the same day, good news continued to Novak Djokovic. After defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the world’s number two player witnessed the dangerous opponents in the quarterfinals Tsitsipas and Bautista Agut were eliminated in the afternoon. Tsitsipas lost to Milos Raonic 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 and Bautista Agut was eliminated by Marin Cilic with a score of 7-6, 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 3-6.
The victory of Nishioka saw the highest form from the beginning of the tournament of Djokovic. Before the opponent that “Nole” judged to be the best move on the ATP Tour, Djokovic overwhelmed with 16 acees, a 93% win rate, 40 winners and only 23 self-defeating errors.
The Serbian player successfully took advantage of five of the six break-points available to go on after one hour 27 minutes. In the fourth round, Djokovic met Diego Schwartzman – who defeated Dusan Lajovic after three sets in the third round.
No. 6 seed Tsitsipas, despite trying hard, could not become the first player to win Milos Raonic’s game at the tournament. Greek player did not have a break-point in the whole match, before the opponent serves too strong. Raonic’s two “kick serve” kicks also made it difficult for Tsitsipas.
Raonic has 19 ace shots, 55 winner points and is more active than his opponent in the whole match. The Canadian player won two games to catch the ball equally divided among the first two sets, before winning 7-2 in the last tie-break set. Having 32 self-defeating errors compared to Tsitsipas’ 14, Raonic still won after three sets and made it to the fourth round against Marin Cilic.
Cilic won the US Open 2014 but has not maintained its form in the past one year. Therefore, the Croatian player’s victory over the No. 9 seed Bautista Agut is considered a surprise in the third round.