No go for Soeda as Djokovic powers into quarters in Japan Open
Novak Djokovic powered into the quarter-finals to further solidify his Tokyo debut, with the Serb No. 1 putting a stop to hopes of Go Soeda on Wednesday at the Japan Open.
The 6-3, 7-5 decision took Djokovic 95 minutes and put him into a quarter final place for the eighth time from 12 tournaments played this season.
The 24-year-old Soeda, ranked 133, now stands a miserable 1-12 at his home event after breaking through this week for an initial tournament win as he advanced out of the first round.
Djokovic is making a comeback after a shoulder injury forced him to quit in the US Open fourth round against Stan Wawrinka.
“(Soeda) made me work for my win today and the atmosphere was really good on the court,” Djokovic said. “I enjoyed it.”
“I think I played a pretty good tennis match. From the baseline, I was solid, aggressive when I needed to be and taking the ball early,” the winner added.
“I served very well until I was serving for the match at 5-3. I made some double faults, I missed all my first serves, so I didn’t serve that well that game.”
Soeda broke back in that game, but the success only delayed the inevitable.
“There were not too many negatives today, I constantly had chances,” Djokovic said. “He just came up with some very good shots and fought hard. But from my side, I’m really pleased.”
Djokovic, with 75 career titles including 16 Grand Slams, advanced with 10 aces at the refurbished Ariake Colosseum, the 2020 Olympic venue.
Djokovic is aiming for a tournament title on his debut for the 10th time in his career; he last achieved the feat two years ago on pre-Wimbledon grass at Eastbourne.
Written by Bill Scott for Grandslamtennis.online. To read more visit grandslamtennis.online