“I always expect a tough battle against Iga, she’s such a great player and won many Slams and is so consistent,” said Ostapenko, the 20th seed and 2017 French Open champion“I knew I had to be aggressive and play my game because that’s what she doesn’t like.“I was just thinking that I have to play until the very last point,
until we shake hands. I felt like I was playing better and didn’t give her many chances.Meanwhile, Djokovic swept into his 13th US Open quarterfinal, cruising past 105th-ranked Croatian qualifier Borna Gojo 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 to advance to a showdown with American No 1 Taylor Fritz.
After recovering from two sets down in the previous round, Djokovic dictated from the outset against 25-year-old outsider Gojo who had won just one Grand Slam match prior to this week.
Djokovic broke twice in the first set, the 23-time Grand Slam winner shaking off an early wobble in the second and procuring another break in the third to polish off Gojo without the drama of his preceding five-set victory over Laslo Djere.
The 36-year-old Serbian star will on Tuesday look to continue his dominance of Fritz, a player he’s beaten in all seven past meetings including a one-sided affair in Cincinnati last month.
“He’s been playing some terrific tennis particularly on home soil here in the States,” Djokovic said of Fritz.“Obviously the matches are going to get tougher from here onwards and I’m ready. It’s going to be great.”