After being surprisingly pushed to four sets in the last round by Roberto Bautista Agut, Novak Djokovic will be hoping for a stress free outing in the quarter-finals when he takes on Feliciano Lopez. Check out the Djokovic v Lopez H2H stats.
Looking for his third slam of the year and his first US Open title since 2011, Djokovic had a straight forward opening three rounds winning all three matches without dropping a set. He struggled at times during his win over Bautista Agut, especially in the second set when the Spaniard played some inspired tennis to win the set from a break down and outplayed Djokovic from the back of the court during his hot streak.
Not so strong from the baseline, Lopez and his serve and volley game offers a completely different test for Djokovic who has not played someone you would consider an above average server so far in his run. After a tough five setter against Mardy Fish in round two, Lopez picked up two impressive scalps to find his way to the quarter finals. Milos Raonic was sent packing in straight sets and Fabio Fognini suffered the same fate as the Italian could not back up his stunning victory over Rafael Nadal.
Lopez has struggled with Djokovic in the past, winning just one set in five matches – the most recent of which was in 2012. Given Lopez’s failure to trouble a far inferior version of Djokovic, it seems unlikely that he will have much luck here.
Prediction – Djokovic to win in straight sets.
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