|2018 US Open|
|Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 27 August-9 September Coverage: Live radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra; live text commentaries on the BBC Sport website|
Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a quarter-final meeting with Roger Federer after beating France’s Richard Gasquet in straight sets to move into the US Open last 16.
Sixth-seeded Djokovic, US Open champion 2011 and 2015, won 6-2 6-3 6-3 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
It was his 13th victory over Gasquet in 14 career meetings.
“It was a great match from the beginning to the end,” said Djokovic, who will next face unseeded Joao Sousa.
If he beats the Portuguese, the world number six could face second seed Federer in the quarter-finals. The Swiss takes on Australia’s John Millman in his fourth-round match.
Djokovic cruised through the first two sets against Gasquet, 32, but had to fight off two break points when 3-2 up in the third.
He let out a roar after coming out on top in a rally that had the stands rocking.
“Obviously in the third set Richard raised his level. The crowd was amazing toward the end of the match, it was a real night session match here at the US Open,” added the Serb.
Portuguese Sousa upset 17th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5).
“He’s a fighter, he’s a grinder,” Djokovic said of Sousa. “He will not hand you the victory, you’ve got to earn it.”