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Novak Djokovic beats Taylor Fritz to reach record 47th major semi-final

Novak Djokovic made it through to the US Open semi-finals for the 13th time in his career after extinguishing the challenge of American No 1 Taylor Fritz on Tuesday.

Djokovic surpassed Roger Federer by reaching a 47th Grand Slam semi-final and he also became the first man in ATP rankings history to record 250 career wins over top-10 players by easing to a 6-1 6-4 6-4 victory against Fritz on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The ninth seed hit more winners - 33 to Djokovic's 25 - but he was simply ground down by the Serbian with a grand total of 51 unforced errors telling its own story.

Djokovic, 36, also becomes the oldest semi-finalist at Flushing Meadows since Jimmy Connors (39) in 1991.

He said: "It's expected that people are backing the home player, there's nothing wrong with that. I like the atmosphere here, I'm fine with that and I thrive on that energy.

"I've been playing on this court for many years, played many epic matches, and I'm looking forward to another one in a few days.

"It's a huge opportunity every time I step out on the court and at my age I don't know how many more opportunities I'll get."

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