Novak Djokovic continues his charge towards the US Open title, taking on Pablo Carreno Busta for a spot in the quarter-finals. The top seed remains the heavy favourite and perhaps even more so after the surprise exit of Stefanos Tsitspas on Friday. The winner of this one will face either Denis Shapovalov or David Goffin.
Despite his clear preference for clay, Carreno Busta’s best slam performance came in New York when he made the semi finals back in 2017. His fourth round appearance here is the best since then, taking advantage of a generous draw to get this far. He won comfortably against Ricardas Berankis in round three, defeating the Lithuanian 6-4 6-3 6-2.
Djokovic remains unbeaten in 2020 after a crushing victory against Jan Lennard Struff 6-3 6-3 6-1. It was an incredibly clean performance from Djokovic with a W/UE differential of 11, making things incredibly tough for his opponent from the get-go. ”It was a very good performance from my side. I managed to read his serve well,” Djokovic said. “I found my way, especially after the first set. The second and third sets were a really great feeling on the court.
“He’s a very solid player, maybe doesn’t possess any big weapons, but every shot is very good, he returns a lot of balls, so I’ve got to be ready for a lot of exchanges. It’s going to be a demanding match physically and mentally. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue the good performance that I had tonight.” Djokovic said on Carreno Busta. While the Spaniard is a tough player to break down at times, he has a clear ceiling and it seems unlikely he would be able to find any weakness in the Djokovic game to breakdown.
Prediction – Novak Djokovic in straight sets