For Koolhof and Rojer, who finished 10th, this is their third major as a pair. They also reached the third round at Roland Garros, while stuck in the first round at Wimbledon. At the beginning of this year, they both played with another partner at the Australian Open.
The 32-year-old Koelhoff reached the US Open final last year alongside Croatian Nikola Miktic, and eight-year-old Roger won the tournament in 2017 with Romania’s Horia Tekao.
Djokovic beat Nishikori to the fourth round
Novak Djokovic secured a spot in the fourth round at the expense of Kei Nishikori. The three-time New York champion needed four sets to eliminate the Japanese: 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-3 6-2.
For Djokovic (34) this was already his 17th consecutive win over Nishikori, which he lost at the 2014 US Open. Since then, the world number 56, who has fallen back through injury, is no longer available to the 20-time Grand Slam champion. . This summer it was 6-2, 6-0 for the Serb at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, who eventually missed an Olympic medal.
“He really surprised me today with his fast match,” said Djokovic, who lost a set for the second time at this tournament. “After the first set it was 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, but only a few points made the difference. I want to congratulate him for his good play.”
Djokovic, who beat Talon Grunbur in the previous round, increased his level and pace against Nishikori after losing the first set and kept his mission alive. He is just four wins away from a record 21 Grand Slam titles and has won all major slams in the same season. In the next round, he will compete with Russia’s Aslan Karatsev or Jenson Broxby of the United States.
Seven years ago, Nishikori reached the final at the US Open. The Japanese also reached the round of four in New York twice. Because he slipped in the standings, he met Djokovic early in the tournament.
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