Japan Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Japanese wild-card Go Soeda in straight sets, will face fifth seed Lucas Pouille in quarter-final

Djokovic had retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open but has shown no lingering effects in Tokyo

The Associated Press October 02, 2019 16:40:14 IST
Japan Open 2019: Novak Djokovic beats Japanese wild-card Go Soeda in straight sets, will face fifth seed Lucas Pouille in quarter-final
  • Djokovic, who is attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, hit 10 aces and saved three of four breakpoints

  • Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Radu Albot 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4, and third-seeded David Goffin rallied to beat Pablo Carreno 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-0

  • Goffin is the lone former champion in the draw and has made the final in both of his previous appearances, defeating Adrian Mannarino for the title in 2017.

Tokyo: Novak Djokovic reached the quarterfinals of the Japan Open on Wednesday by beating Japanese wild-card entry Go Soeda 6-3, 7-5.

Japan Open 2019 Novak Djokovic beats Japanese wildcard Go Soeda in straight sets will face fifth seed Lucas Pouille in quarterfinal

Djokovic plays a shot against Go Soeda during the second round match in the Japan Open. AP

Djokovic, who is attempting to win a title on his tournament debut for the 10th time, hit 10 aces and saved three of four breakpoints.

Djokovic had retired with a left-shoulder injury during his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka at the US Open but showed no lingering effects in Tokyo.

With Djokovic serving for the win, Soeda broke his opponent for the first time when Djokovic double-faulted to make it 5-4. But the top-ranked Serb broke Soeda for the fourth time in the final game.

Djokovic, who is 42-8 this season with three titles in four finals, will next face fifth seed Lucas Pouille who beat Yoshihito Nishioka.

Also, Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Radu Albot 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4, and third-seeded David Goffin rallied to beat Pablo Carreno 1-6, 7-6 (8), 6-0.

Goffin is the lone former champion in the draw. He has made the final in both of his previous appearances, falling to Nick Kyrgios in 2016 final before defeating Adrian Mannarino for the title in 2017.

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