Novak Djokovic battles vs Feliciano Lopez to reach US OPEN Semifinal

Novak Djokovic continued his impressive season and advanced to his ninth consecutive US Open semifinal Tuesday evening with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 7-6 win over Feliciano Lopez in 2.38 hours that ended at 1am.

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(…)Was 30-Love in that game and I allowed him to break me and the set was gone. I thought I played a pretty good first set, and then after that, you know, I was just trying to hang in there and wait for the opportunities. I played good beginning of the third. Fourth was anybody’s game, really. Didn’t have many chances on his service games. Played a very good tiebreak. That’s a positive.

09 Sep 2015, New York State, USA --- (150909) -- NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the men's singles quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain at the 2015 US Open in New York, the United States, on Sept. 8, 2015. Novak Djokovic won 3-1. (Xinhua/Qin Lang) --- Image by © Qin Lang/Xinhua Press/Corbis
09 Sep 2015, New York State, USA — (150909) — NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2015 (Xinhua) — Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the men’s singles quarter-final match against Feliciano Lopez of Spain at the 2015 US Open in New York, the United States, on Sept. 8, 2015. Novak Djokovic won 3-1. (Xinhua/Qin Lang) — Image by © Qin Lang/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Obviously when you start serving better, more accurate, higher percent of first serves in, you feel more confident.

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Nole is going to face Marin Cilic in US Open semifinal on Friday: ” I’m sure that he feels confident. He won today a really close match. A couple of five-setters he had already in this tournament. But he has a big serve. I think around 30 aces he had today, so the serve gets him out of trouble. I know him very well. I have played with him many, many times. We are great friends. Great guy. I know what to do, and I’m opening I can execute the game plan obviously and play my best.”

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