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Novak Djokovic stays on course for record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with five-set win in New York

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Novak Djokovic battles back from two sets down for the first time at the US Open since 2011 to take his place in the last 16 of the US Open where he will face Borna Gojo of Croatia

Three-time champion Novak Djokovic recovered from two sets down to defeat fellow Serb Laslo Djere and reach the fourth round of the US Open in a late-night thriller on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Djere, the world No 38, took advantage of a slow start from Djokovic to win the first two sets before Djokovic mounted a trademark comeback to win 4-6 4-6 6-1 6-1 6-3 in a match that finished at 1.30am local time.

Djokovic moved to 38-11 in five-set matches as the 36-year-old found a way to battle back from a two-set deficit for the eighth time in his career and only the second time at the US Open when he famously fought back to defeat Roger Federer 12 years ago.Novak Djokovic

The 36-year-old Djokovic, who is seeking a 24th Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s record, will next take on Croatian Borna Gojo.

“It was one of the toughest matches that I have played here in many years and huge, huge credit to Laslo for playing some of the best tennis that I’ve ever seen him play,” said Djokovic, who advanced through to the fourth round in New York for the 15th time in his career.

“I did a little pep talk in the mirror. I kind of laughed at myself because I was so agitated and annoyed with the game but I had to force myself to lift my spirits. I’ve done it a few times in my career before and it worked, a few times it didn’t, but tonight it did and I’m grateful.”

Facing one of the greatest players of all-time under the bright lights on Arthur Ashe Stadium, a fearless Djere made a stunning start to move into a two-set lead that left the crowd in a state of shock.

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