Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten streak may not be foremost on his mind, but it does matter to him.
It serves as motivation.
“It actually fuels me to play even stronger,” he said.
He seems to be playing pretty well right now as it is. The top-ranked player in the world and the No. 1 seed in the U.S. Open, Djokovic cruised into the Round of 16 on Friday with an easy 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 victory over German Jan-Lennard Struff at Arthur Ashe Stadium, improving to 26-0 in 2020.
“It was a very, very good performance from my side,” Djokovic said after dispatching Struff in the quick one-hour and 42-minute match. “I managed to read his serve well. I made one necessary break in the first set. I faced two break points in the opening game. The trajectory of the match can go differently if you lose your serve against a big guy like Struff, who serves very well and has a very powerful, aggressive game from the back of the court.”
In the fourth round, Djokovic will meet No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta, who knocked off unseeded Ricardas Bernakas, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic is a perfect 3-0 against Carreno Busta.
“I’ve been playing well the last couple of weeks, training well,” Djokovic said. “I’m feeling very good. I’m confident about my game. I’m taking that into every match that I get to play.”