Novak Djokovic vs Taylor Fritz live: Score and latest US Open updates

Novak Djokovic is bidding to reach the semi-finals – AP/Seth Wenig

07:08 PM BST

Djokovic 2-1 Fritz*

Fritz hits a big forehand and gets Djokovic on the back foot. The Serbian’s defensive backhand is high and Fritz should put away an easy volley but he puts the ball wide, 15-15. Bad miss.

Djokovic double fault, 30-30. His second of the match. Long rally, Fritz is forced to withstand a lot of pressure on his backhand and it’s actually Djokovic’s backhand which cracks first, break point Fritz.

Djokovic changes his angle of attack, going at the Fritz forehand but he puts the ball in the tramlines and gives away the break.

07:02 PM BST

Djokovic* 2-0 Fritz

Deep Djokovic return rushes Fritz, whose forehand reply clips the net and the ball bounces wide, 0-30. Fritz is bravely standing up on the baseline and taking the game to Djokovic and he’s rewarded with a forehand winner into the corner.

Fritz backhand long, break point Djokovic. Djokovic shakes his head in frustration after his return just misses the baseline. Fritz survives for now.

Djokovic attacks Fritz’s backhand and the American’s stroke breaks down, second break point. Fritz backhand long and Djokovic does get the early break. Worst possible start for him.

06:56 PM BST

First Set: Novak Djokovic 1-0 Taylor Fritz* (*denotes next server)

Djokovic serves first as he bids to reach a 47th grand slam semi-final, a record he shares with his great rival Roger Federer.

It’s also 33 degrees with 49 per cent humidity so both players will need to manage their energy levels carefully.

Second serve by Djokovic and Fritz goes after it with a forehand return and draws the error, 30-40. Fritz goes toe-to-toe with Djokovic from the baseline but goes long with a forehand.

Great play by Djokovic with a drop shot, Fritz sprints for it and reaches the ball but Djokovic is there to finish the game with a volley winner.

06:48 PM BST

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06:47 PM BST

Prediction from Tiger Tim Henman

I think Fritz will do well to get a set today.

06:42 PM BST

Roof being closed

It is a very warm day in New York and the tournament officials have opted to partially closed the roof to help keep everyone cool.

06:13 PM BST

Djokovic proved too strong for Fritz a fortnight ago – same again?

Hello and welcome to coverage of the first men’s quarter-final at the US Open as Novak Djokovic plays Taylor Fritz.

Fritz is one of three Americans who are into the last eight but he faces the tough task of beating the 23-time grand slam champion.

“I think the toughest thing is just convincing yourself that it’s, like, just play within yourself,” Fritz said. “I don’t need to find myself trying to hit serves bigger or aiming closer to the lines, stuff like that, because it’s Novak.

“I think I need to play within myself and trust that if I’m playing well, then that’s going to be enough, and I don’t need to kind of do anything extra.

“Novak’s Novak. It’s tough. I said it on court: he’s gotten me seven times. There’s no one on tour that has any kind of a record like that against me, so I’m hoping one of these times I’ve got to get him. US Open quarters would be a pretty good time to get him (smiling).”

Two weeks ago, Djokovic was too strong for Fritz, winning 6-0, 6-4 at the Cincinnati Masters and the Serbian is aware of the qualities his opponent possesses.

He said: “I’m going to get ready obviously for that match as any other match, doing my analytics, watching the last match we had against each other just few weeks ago in Cincinnati where I played a really, really, really good, really solid match, and won in straight sets. I’ll take some positives out of that.

“We know each other’s game pretty well. I’ve played him quite a few times actually in the last couple years. Yeah, big game. Serve and forehand are two biggest weapons, no doubt. But he has improved so much. He’s also playing very well on clay, which maybe wasn’t the case first years of his professional career.

“He’s working hard. He’s got a great coach in his corner. I’m sure he’s going to be very pumped and motivated to win. It’s going to be great atmosphere on the stadium and let’s see what happens.”

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