Djokovic in good space

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After dismantling Great Britain's Kyle Edmund in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals at the US Open, Serbia's Novak Djokovic has revealed that he is happy with where his game is at.   

Djokovic has had an interesting time of it of late. In the grand slams, he kicked-off the year by winning both the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Then, at Wimbledon he came horribly unstuck against Sam Querrey in the third round as the pressure of a potential calendar-year grand slam appeared to take it's toll.

Djokovic then regrouped and went to the Olympic Games in Rio ready to get his season back to the lofty level it was on before his shock exit at SW19. However it was not to be. In his first match at the tournament he lost to Juan Martín del Potro. Whispers questioning his rule over men's tennis grew louder.

Seemingly desperate to get back into the groove of playing competitive matches with the pressure on, Djokovic was denied that luxury in the first three rounds of this year's US Open as he trounced Jerzy Janowicz in four sets in the first round, had a walkover in the second round and only played six games against Mikhail Youzhny in the third round before the latter withdrew with a groin injury.  

Speaking after beating Edmund 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday, Djokovic seemed relieved that he had overcome an in-form player in a full match.

"I was pleased," said Djokovic.

"Very pleased, except a little drop in the level in the third set, midway through the third set. Other than that, everything was great.

"I thought I came out of the blocks and played high intensity. It's good to play an entire match, considering I had not much time spent on the court in past couple of rounds.

"So far I only played night sessions. I actually like playing night sessions very much. Hopefully the next one can be also night session."

While still fresh, Djokovic will surely be concerned that he has not yet been properly tested in New York.

He faces the battle-hardened Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. Tsonga has already played 14 sets at Flushing Meadows this year and finds himself in great rhythm.