US Open: Novak Djokovic cruises through 4th round, Roddick triumphs over Foggini
Novak Djokovic smiled his way through the third round of the US Open defeating Frenchman Julian Benneteau in straight sets. Whereas the veteran Roddick slammed Italy’s Fabio Fognini post his retirement announcement on Thursday.
With chants of “Let’s go An-dy, let’s go, An-dy”, erupting inside the 20,000 packed Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows, Roddick set the stage on fire with his beautiful strokes and aggressive game play. This was the same arena where the Texan had won his one and only title. It seemed that he returned back into the past, blasting 10 aces and 39 winners in the three hour match.
Keeping his emotions under control was tough, as he was almost nearing the end of his career. His next opponent would be Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 U.S Open winner.
“It’s comfortable out there. I’d be an idiot not to use the crowd right now. Its a huge advantage. Each match is almost like its another memory. I’m certainly going to use them”, said Andy to the reporting media.
Although Roddick hogged the limelight, Djokovic– slowly, surely and silently progressed towards the 4th round.
His game play was simple, to be aggressive and not allow his opponent towards the net because he knew his opponent would fail if his concentration would fail. His simple and tactful game-play lead him to a simple victory in one hour and 37 minutes.
He dominated Berneteau, hitting 13 aces, enjoying a 41-15 advantage in winners, and never facing a break point despite landing only 59 percent of his first serves. With three majors already up in his kitty, the djoker is all set to put a huge smile on his face by clutching the US Open Trophy for the 4th Time and defending his crown.
Defeating Frenchman Julian Benneteau in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 , 6-2, Novak Djokovic easily cruised through the fourth round of the US Open while Roddick triumphed over Italy’s Fabio Fognini in 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.