Flushing Meadows, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Novak Djokovic raced into his 22nd straight Grand Slam quarterfinal, where he'll meet Andy Murray in a rematch of the 2012 men's final at the U.S. Open.
The world No. 1 stalwart and seven-time major champion Djokovic thwarted 22nd- seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 in just over two hours at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on Labor Day in the United States.
The last time Djokovic lost before the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam event was five years ago against Kohlschreiber in Paris. The Serb has now reached eight straight U.S. Open quarterfinals and won his last 11 Grand Slam matches overall.
Djokovic captured his lone U.S. Open title in 2011 and is a four-time runner- up in Flushing, including last year against Rafael Nadal and 2012 versus Murray. The Serb has appeared in the last four finals in New York.
The Wimbledon champion's round-of-eight opponent will be the eighth-seeded Murray, who took care of ninth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Day 8 of this fortnight.
The two-time major champion Murray, who was also a U.S. Open runner-up in 2008, will now appear in his fifth quarterfinal in New York.
Djokovic and Murray will meet for a 21st time at the ATP level, with the Serb leading the all-time series 12-8. Djokovic is 3-2 in their Grand Slam meetings, but Murray is 1-0 versus Djokovic at the U.S. Open.