08. 09. 2009. · Serbian number one, Novak Djokovic crushed Radek Stepanek 6:1, 6:3, 6:3 in one hour, 46 minutes to reach the quarterfinals in New York for the third straight season. One more victory, against Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, and he’s into a first Grand Slam semifinal of 2009.
”I think (the crowd) wanted a little longer match, so I’m sorry,” Djokovic said. “Overall I think I played a great match, I didn’t give him any chance to get into the match.”
There were ample cheers Monday. Novak revived his trademark imitations, replicating John McEnroe, and McEnroe, at Djokovic’s request, came down from the broadcast booth – in his dress pants and dress shirt – to hit with the Serb. Djokovic signed numerous autographs afterwards.
”I would like to thank all the crowd for staying up late,” Novak said in a courtside interview. “The US Open and New York are well known for these night matches, and it was a big privilege and pleasure for me to play.”