2018 US Open: Novak Djokovic grinds out win despite brutal heat in New York

Novak Djokovic, on Monday, defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa to reach the quarterfinals of the US Open, but not after receiving medical attention as a result of extreme heat.

The Serb, who’s seeking a third US Open title, beat Sousa 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in two hours to set up a potential quarterfinal showdown with five-time champion, Roger Federer, who’ll take on John Millman in a late match.

I’m very happy to get this one done in straight sets,” said Djokovic.

“It was much more difficult than the score indicates. Credit to Joao, who brought an intensity to the court. It was a tough one to play.”

Elsewhere, Kei Nishikori, a finalist in 2014, outclassed Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 to make it through to the quarterfinals. Nishikori will play Marin Cilic, in what will be a repeat of the 2014 final here.

Cilic defeated David Goffin 7-6, 6-2, 6-4 to advance.

In the women’s bracket, Japanese 20-year-old, Naomi Osaka reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal after beating Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

The milestone left Osaka very emotional after which she talked about the unique experience.

“For once in my life I felt like I was the player with more experience, which is very odd for me to say,” a beaming Osaka said.

“I feel like there were moments I knew that to do and maybe, because she’s so young, she was a little hesitant.”

Osaka will play unseeded Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who beat 19-year-old Czech Marketa Vondrousova 6-7(3) 7-5 6-2, for a place in the semifinals.

Last year’s finalist Madison Keys eased to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova and will play either five-time Grand Slam winner, Maria Sharapova or Carla Suarez Navarro.

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