Novak Djokovic climbs one step closer to defending his Western & Southern Open title



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MASON – Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 player in the world, hasn’t flinched as he tries to defend his Western & Southern Open title from last year. 

Djokovic, 32, won again in straight sets Thursday night on Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. 

Novak Djokovic stretches to make hit during his match against Pablo Carreno Busta Thursday, August 15, 2019, at the Western and Southern Open in Mason. (Photo: Cara Owsley/The Enquirer, Cara Owsley/The Enquirer)

The Serbian superstar trounced qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4, to book a trip back to the quarterfinals, where he’ll meet Lucas Pouille, of France, Friday night back on Center Court in the nightcap match. 

“I don’t think the score indicates how tough it was on the court. We battled it out,” said Djokovic. “I think I was serving really well. That was probably the best shot in the game tonight for me, over 70 percent of first serves in. Got me out of trouble in the second set when I was facing breakpoints.” 

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