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Djokovic wins marathon tiebreak to reach US Open quarters


09:52, September 06, 2011

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates during the fourth round match of men's singles against Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine at the US Open tennis championships in New York, the United States, Sept. 6, 2011. Djokovic won 3-0. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Top seed Novak Djokovic saved four set points in a marathon first-set tiebreaker to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (14), 6-4, 6-2 to reach the US Open quarterfinals on Monday.

The world No.1 won the tiebreaker 16-14 on his sixth set point, which functioned well on confidence pumping and disheartening.

Dolgopolov wilted soon after the first set defeat and lost the match.

"Winning it was very important," the Serb said. "That was probably the turning point. After that it was a good performance."

"He was changing pace a lot," the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion said. "He was always sending me a different ball. It was really hard for me to adjust to it because of the conditions that we played in.

"That's why it was crucial for me to win the first set. After, I felt a bit more relaxed."

Dolgopolov, who won his first tournament this year and his first matches at a US Open, said he felt good in his first ever match against Djokovic.

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