Djokovic improves and puts 20-0 on his 2020 scoreboard

Happy and without apparent discomfort, Djokovic swept Sandgren and will play Struff in the quarterfinals. He's guaranteed to pass Sampras in weeks as number one.


Novak Djokovic continues his unstoppable march in 2020 interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the stoppage, the Serbian marched with a spotless 18-0 and two titles (Australia and Dubai). At the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 he has raised his score to 20-0 which is the second best start in ATP Tour history (since 1990), behind an incredible 41-0 that he also starred in in 2011. The suffering that he showed against Ricardas Berankis in the second round (he asked for a medical time-out after the first set) gave way to a feeling of happiness and security that took Tennys Sandgren, who aspired to fight him, as he did with Federer in Melbourne at the beginning of the year. But it was not like that, Djokovic swept him (6-2 and 6-4) and will face the dangerous German Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals, who defeated the 7th seed, Goffin.

After Thiem's tough defeat against fellow countryman Krajinovic, Djokovic knows that he will surely surpass Pete Sampras on September 21 on the list of players who have been more number one weeks since the ranking exists (1973). No will reach at least 287 to put the American in third place (286) and put second behind Federer (310). It was a goal not hidden by the Balkan and it will come true because neither Thiem, even if he wins the US Open, will be able to pass him, nor Nadal, who will not be in the New York Grand Slam.

From the match against Sandgren it can be concluded that Djokovic's usual mechanisms are still intact. Lead the game with his famous backhand, then go in furious with the drive and overflow. The rest works perfectly and the serve does not fail him (84% of points won with firsts). So it is very difficult to surprise him and the American simply could not, although he tried in the second set, when he had up to three break balls to get 5-4 down and serve; and then by saving five match goals. He couldn't, because the Belgrade's technique prevented it. The legend continues.

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